Operation Rescue, one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the U.S., is urging the extradition of abortionist Suresh Gandotra, who is charged with the grisly 1994 murder of Magdalena Ortega-Rodriguez during a third-trimester abortion and may have been found in India.
Gandotra had fled the U.S. to evade the murder charge, but Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, is hoping that will soon change and that justice will be served.
Gandotra killed Magdalena Ortega-Rodriguez during a deadly botched abortion at his seedy “abortion mill” located in a shabby strip mall in San Ysidro, California, mere yards from the Mexican border. Newman stated that Ortega-Rodriguez was only 23 years old when she sought an abortion from Gandotra in what turned out to be a fatal mistake.
When paramedics arrived, they found Ortega-Rodriguez near death.
Newman stated that by the time Ortega-Rodriguez finally made it to a nearby Chula Vista hospital, she had suffered “massive” internal hemorrhaging, was in cardiac arrest, and showed no vital signs. Her pupils were fixed and dilated. While doctors were able to temporarily resuscitate her, she died in surgery from her disastrous abortion injuries, which included a badly lacerated uterus and other serious internal injuries.
An emergency room nurse told a San Diego Union reporter, “I’ve never seen anything like this before and I don’t want to again.”
Newman said, “It is almost certain that she had no idea that Gandotra had a criminal background, or that he had no formal training in abortions. She had no way to know that his employees were unqualified, or that his “clinic” lacked adequate emergency equipment or plans for transport to a hospital in the event of an emergency.”
“In fact, Gandotra should not have been practicing at all. At the time of Ortega-Rodriguez’ abortion, the California Medical Board had two open cases against the native of India,” Newman said.
Newman profiled other cases of abortions, where some were nearly fatal, and that Gandotra had boasted of committing 100 abortions per week, mostly on women who were in the country illegally or had crossed into the U.S. from Mexico for abortions that were illegal in that country. Gandotra had continued to practice as if nothing was amiss until Newman contacted him.
Newman said he phoned Gandotra and asked him how he felt about facing murder charges for killing Magdalena Ortega-Rodriguez, whose death left her 11-month daughter motherless. This was news to Gandotra, who hung up the phone then packed his belongings and fled the country for his native India.
For 22 years, his whereabouts were unknown while an arrest warrant on file with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department remained active
“In 1994, we did not have the technology we have now. At that time, we had no ability to research were he may have gone to in India,” said Newman. “I have often wondered about Gandotra over the years, but I didn’t think he would be easy to find. He is a murder fugitive, after all, and it seemed he would cover his tracks.”
“Thanks to a tip from a pro-life blogger, it appears that Gandotra has finally been located. Christina Dunigan had been flipping through an issue of People Magazine when she noticed a spread that included a group of Interpol mugshots. There was a photo of Gandotra in living color. She notified Operation Rescue of her discovery.”
Operation Rescue stated that they have notified the San Diego Sheriff’s Department of Gandotra’s suspected whereabouts, and hopes action will be taken to extradite him to San Diego to stand trial.
Due to the latest development that may lead to the capture and extradition from India back to the U.S., Newman said, “Murder is such a serious charge that everything should be done by the San Diego District Attorney’s office to bring Gandotra to justice. So far, he has gotten away with murder, and it’s time to bring him back to the U.S. to face the consequences of his criminal actions.”
“The family of Magdalena Ortega-Rodriguez has waited far too long for justice.”
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