Operation Rescue has learned that Robert J. Santella passed away unexpectedly last year at the age of 74. Santella was a long-time abortionist for the Family Planning Associates (now FPA Women’s Health) abortion facility in San Diego County. He also operated a private practice where abortions were sometimes done near the campus of San Diego State University.
Santella was best known for an incident captured on video in June 2016, which showed him in a demonic rant against a pro-life activist outside the FPA abortion clinic office where he was working. Santella was seen in surgical scrubs hissing and growling in a demonic voice as he held scissors to a pro-life activist’s throat while professing that he loved killing babies.
“I never listen to Christ,” Santella snarled. “I do have a darkened heart. I do, I do. Very much so.”
As a result of the video, which went viral and gained media attention, Santella was later dropped by Sharp Healthcare, a group of hospitals where Santella held privileges, and fired from the FPA abortion chain. The clinic where the incident took place closed in November 2017, but later resurfaced in the East County community of El Cajon.
Santella’s firing from FPA ended a relationship with the California abortion chain that dated back nearly 30 years. Early in their business relationship, Santella provided emergency hospital care for FPA abortion patients who suffered serious complications from their procedures.
Santella was hired on full time by the abortion chain in the early 2000s after two previous abortionists quit or refused to work any longer at the San Diego office due to pro-life activism that exposed their misdeeds.
On December 31, 2017, Santella surrendered his California medical license to avoid license revocation based on allegations brought by the medical board that included wrongly prescribing controlled substances to six patients, while failing to perform a physical examination or document reasons for the prescriptions in medical records. He also ignored test results and symptoms of other serious conditions.
When asked why he prescribed opioids to one patient with a history of substance abuse, he callously replied, “In desperation I would refill her medications somehow just to get rid of her.”