Charleston Women's Medical Center

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Charleston Women's Medical Center is a member of the National Abortion Federation. The business commits abortion through the 16th week of pregnancy and offers both surgical and medical (RU486) abortions.[1]


2000 Case Against SC Abortion Laws

Charleston Women's Medical Center together with Greenville Women's Clinic and William Lynn, MD filed a lawsuit against the state, challenging new abortion clinic licensing laws. The case was argued on January 27, 2000 and decided on August 15, 2000. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled against the abortion clinics and in favor of the existing law.[6]

Abortionist Pulls Gun on Pro-Lifers

On March 2, 2011, LifeNews reported that abortionist Gary Boyle, apparently upset at the fact that local pro-life advocates had been participating in the national 40 Days for Life campaign, met their peaceful presence by pulling a gun:[2]

"Boyle drove his silver Lexus vehicle into the parking lot and he allegedly approached the pro-life advocates, including a 17-year-old boy, and produced a black handgun loaded with 15 rounds. As Boyle, who also runs the Bristol Regional Women’s Center abortion facility in Tennessee, made his way to the abortion business, 50-year-old pro-life resident John Karafa called 911. Police arrested Boyle and charged him with pointing a firearm.
According to the Post and Courier newspaper, a police detective said in court today that Boyle, during an interview with police officials, admitted to having a weapon but claimed he pointed it at the ceiling of his SUV and not at any of the pro-life advocates. Boyle told officers he was worried for his life even though pro-life advocates did not threaten him in any way and claimed three pro-life people approached his vehicle. The people at the abortion center that day dispute that claim.
Boyle is officially charged with presenting a firearm, a felony that could see him face as many as five years in prison if convicted and sentenced to the maximum term. Boyle reportedly holds a Tennessee permit to carry the gun, and the state has a reciprocal agreement with South Carolina to allow weapons to be carried that are eligible in Tennessee. He has already been freed on $25,000 bond."

Clinic Worker Hits Pro-Lifer with Car

On January 12, 2012, clinic escort Larry Carter Center hit pro-lifer Bill Gaspy with his car as he exited the parking lot.[4]

Uses Parking Lot of Neighboring Dentist

A: Dentist's parking lot, B: Dentist's facility, C: Charleston abortion business

Dr. Michael J. Engel, DMD is the owner of Engel Dentistry which is located at 1318 Ashley River Road, immediately adjacent to the Charleston Women's Medical Center abortion business. According to a police report, a doctor from Charleston Women's Medical Center "is only allowed to use [the Dentist's] parking lot to access the backdoor to the women’s clinic."

Dr. Michael Engel was born and raised in Charleston. He was educated in Lowcountry public schools and earned a BS from the University of South Carolina in 1974. He received a MAT from The Citadel and his DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Engel is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association and the Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club. He is a Past Board Member for the Academy of Sports Dentistry, a fellow on the Academy for Sports Dentistry and served as Chairman for the local Holocaust Remembrance.[7]


  • 2009 abortions: 2,516 (over 36 percent of the abortion market in South Carolina)[8]

Photos of the Facility

Contact Details


  1. Charleston Women's Medical Center: Procedure Fees (accessed on Jan. 13, 2012)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Abortion Practitioner Pulling Gun on Pro-Lifers Goes to Trial, March 2, 2011 (accessed on Jan. 13, 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 AbortionDocs: Charleston Women's Medical Center (accessed on Jan. 13, 2013)
  4. 4.0 4.1 YouTube: Larry hits Bill Gaspy, Jan. 12, 2012 (accessed on Jan. 12, 2012)
  5. Charleston City Paper: How to Spread the Good News of Secularism, Oct. 10, 2012 (accessed on Jan. 13, 2013)
  6. AbortionDocs: Greenville Women's Clinic vs. Bryant, Aug. 15, 2001 (accessed on Jan. 13, 2013)
  7. Charleston City Paper: West Ashley dentist receives threatening letters over "alliance" with women's clinic, March 29, 2013 (accessed on April 2, 2013)
  8. South Carolina Abortions Drop in 2009, Lowest Since 2005, June 8, 2011 (accessed on Jan. 13, 2013)