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Changes in medicine should prompt new limits on abortion

By Mark Osler

Editor’s note: Mark Osler, a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minnesota, is a former federal prosecutor and the author of “Jesus on Death Row,” a book about capital punishment.

(CNN) — Thirty-nine years ago, Roe v. Wade was decided. With the passage of nearly four decades, the landscape of abortion has changed in a way that should trouble even those who consider themselves pro-choice.

Right now, 10 states and the District of Columbia have no statutory time limit on when abortions can be performed, while five more states allow abortion up to the end of the second trimester (about 27 or 28 weeks). Yet, we know that by 28 weeks, the great majority of fetuses would survive birth. In other words, we allow the killing of viable infants in our country. This is a fact that progressives (including me) would rather not address.

As two Maryland abortion doctors face murder charges for allegedly performing late-term abortions, the issue now has a pair of human faces.

Drs. Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley were arrested after the discovery of what are alleged to be several viable fetuses in a freezer chest. The story only got stranger on New Year’s Day, when a clinic apparently owned by Brigham burned to the ground in Florida. Important facts are still unknown, and the doctors have asserted their innocence regarding any late-term abortions.

There has been relatively little discussion of this case in progressive circles. It’s no wonder that we would rather look away. The abortion debate has largely devolved into professional activists screaming at each other on television and at street protests. We don’t want to be like those people.

We are also haunted by the ragged remains of the Supreme Court opinion in Roe v. Wade. Despite being disavowed by subsequent opinions and some of the individual justices, one part of that precedent lives on in the statutes of some states and the practices of several doctors: The assertion in Roe’s majority opinion that “viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks).”

The scientific claim that viability (the ability of a fetus to live outside the womb) “usually” occurs at 28 weeks has been undermined by medical advances over the past 38 years.

Children who would have died if born late in the second trimester in 1973 would more than likely live if they were born now. A Swedish study in 2009 found that preterm babies born late in the second trimester who are given intensive care survive at surprising rates: 53% of those born at 23 weeks live, 67% at 24 weeks, and by 25 weeks, 82% of the babies survive. (Sweden’s health care system makes it possible to reliably track survival rates, but the type of care provided there is similar to that available in the United States).

In the same way that the law had to change to accommodate advances in DNA evidence that can exonerate those on death row, state laws must change to accommodate that with modern medical care, a child born at 27 weeks is very likely not only going to live, but live a fairly normal life.

We progressives tend to revere science, and there are few scientific proofs more convincing than those former preterm infants who live and thrive all around us. Though late-term abortions are only a small fraction of the total number of terminated pregnancies, it remains a defining issue for our society.
As someone who works against the death penalty, trying to save the lives of people who have committed murder, I have a moral obligation to set my feet, breathe in deeply and honestly admit that prosecutors are morally in the right to pursue cases where they believe viable fetuses are being aborted in violation of the law. A life is ended, and that is murder, if the facts so prove.

Some will see any accommodation on abortion as “appeasement” of conservatives, but this attitude is nothing less than the adoption of hard-line evidence-ignoring tactics that progressives so often (and properly) decry in groups such as the National Rifle Association. We may disagree about whether life begins at conception, but it is now irrefutable that life is viable at 27 weeks. To deny this plainly observable fact is akin to denying the existence of evolution or global warming.

Much as Troy Davis (who was executed in Georgia last year despite troubling exculpatory evidence) and Hank Skinner (who received a stay of his execution in Texas to allow DNA testing to be pursued) personified the problems with the death penalty, there are those who do so just as starkly when we ponder late-term abortion.

For me, that person is named Rees. On a hot summer day in Waco, Texas, his proud grandfather carried him across the street for me to meet, months after his birth at about 24 weeks. His eyes were clear in the Texas sun, he was wrapped in a blue-and-white blanket, and he was surrounded by love.

He was, and is, a person, and that matters as much as Troy Davis and Hank Skinner.

Abortion doc charged in 10 deaths

By Jim Walsh

A Voorhees doctor faces multiple murder charges in connection with late-term abortions that were performed at his Elkton, Md., clinic.

Dr. Steven Chase Brigham was being held Friday in Camden County Jail, pending extradition to Maryland. He is accused of 10 counts of first- and second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. The unborn babies of Brigham’s patients are considered to be the murder victims, according to Elkton, Md., police.

Brigham already faced legal challenges from medical regulators over his practice of starting late-term abortions for women in New Jersey and then completing the procedures after the patients had traveled to the Maryland clinic. His medical license has been suspended in New Jersey and revoked in Maryland.

Maryland authorities said they began a criminal investigation after an 18-year-old woman suffered a life-threatening injury during a procedure at the Elkton clinic on Aug. 13, 2010. A doctor who worked at the clinic — Nicola Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City — drove the patient to a local hospital. The woman later underwent emergency surgery for a perforated uterus at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Investigators learned the woman had been driven from Voorhees to the American Women’s Services clinic in Elkton, where Brigham and Riley were present when she was injured. A police search of the clinic four days later found about 35 fetuses in a freezer chest, authorities said.

Authorities provided no additional information about the case on Friday.

“We are not commenting at all on the charges,” said Kerwin Miller, a deputy state’s attorney in Cecil County, Md. “I don’t want to be in the position where we create any problems. This is too serious a case.”

Miller said an indictment in the case is expected to be available to the public next week.

The indictment charges Brigham with five counts each of first- and second-degree murder and one count of conspiring to commit murder. First-degree murder is charged in cases that involve premeditation, said Miller.

Riley, the other doctor at the clinic, also faces two charges of murder and one count of conspiring to murder. She was being held in a jail in Salt Lake City.

Both doctors were arrested on Wednesday night, Maryland officials said.

New Jersey authorities suspended Brigham’s medical license in November 2010, when the state Board of Medical Examiners said in part he had “provided grossly negligent care” to five women who sought late-term abortions. The state board also alleged Brigham had performed about 50 abortions in Elkton between January and August 2010 “without holding a license to practice in Maryland.”

An attorney for Brigham could not be reached for comment.

Abortion foes welcomed the arrest of Brigham, 55, who has been a target of their criticism for decades.

“We have called for the revocation of his license for all these years,” said Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life. “We’re obviously thankful, and we can only hope that Brigham will never be able to hurt, maim or kill another human being.”

At the same time, Tasy said, “We’re troubled that he continues to own and operate (abortion) clinics throughout New Jersey.”

Tasy also noted Philadelphia authorities brought murder charges against an abortion provider, Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell, and several staffers at his West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell allegedly performed abortions beyond the 24-week legal limit in a “decrepit and unsanitary clinic” and killed babies that were born alive by plunging scissors into their spinal cords, said a grand jury report.

“I think these two cases shine a bright light on what goes on inside the abortion industry,” asserted Tasy. “I don’t think they’re that isolated.”

But Vicky Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation in Washington, D.C., has said Brigham’s activities “are not representative of abortion care…throughout the country.”

In a September 2010 blog post that addressed an investigation into Brigham’s practices by the Maryland Board of Physicians, Saporta said Brigham “has come under fire from state licensing boards and health departments throughout his career and has had his medical license temporarily suspended, relinquished or revoked in five states.”

“These repeated disciplinary actions make it evident that Dr. Brigham operates outside recognized standards for quality abortion care,” she said.

Voorhees abortion doctor free on $300K bond

By Jim Walsh

A Voorhees doctor, arrested last week on murder charges in connection with late-term abortions in Maryland, was released on bail Friday.

Steven C. Brigham posted bond of about $300,000 after an arraignment hearing in Cecil County, Md. A judge also unsealed an indictment that detailed Brigham’s alleged crimes — five counts each of first- and second-degree murder and one charge of conspiring to murder.

Authorities have accused Brigham and a second doctor at his Elkton, Md., clinic under a 2005 state law that allows a murder charge for the death of a viable fetus.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time a physician has been charged under this statute,” said Brigham’s lawyer, C. Thomas Brown of Elkton, Md. The attorney asserted Brigham, 55, “has not violated any laws,” but said he needs more information from the state “to determine the specifics of these charges.”

Prosecutors, who have drawn fierce criticism from defense attorneys, refused to comment. A copy of the indictment could not be obtained Friday.

Brigham already faced legal challenges for a controversial two-state abortion procedure at his American Women’s Services clinics. Authorities said he tried to skirt regulatory restrictions by starting late-term abortions at clinics in Voorhees and other sites in New Jersey, then completing the procedures after his patients had traveled to the Elkton site.

A criminal investigation began after an 18-year-old woman suffered a life-threatening injury during a procedure in Elkton in August 2010. A doctor at the clinic — Nicola Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City — drove the teenager to a local hospital, and the patient later underwent emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

A police search four days later found 35 fetuses in a freezer chest at the clinic, authorities said.

Brigham and Riley were arrested in their home states on Dec. 28.

Riley remains in custody in Utah, where her lawyer said she’s being held in “a Kafka-esque limbo.”

The attorney, Daniel Goldstein, said the charges against Riley remain under seal, leaving her unable to prepare a defense. Riley’s attorneys have asked a judge to find a Maryland prosecutor and Elkton’s police chief in contempt because they discussed the case with reporters while the indictment was under seal.

“She cannot reasonably respond to the bald and false allegations in the media without knowing the details of the acts charged,” her attorneys said in a court brief. They contended the prosecutor’s actions were “a ploy to gain traction on a hot-button political issue in the media and with public opinion.”

New Jersey authorities suspended Brigham’s medical license in November 2010 for allegedly providing “grossly negligent care” to five women who wanted late-term abortions. The state Board of Medical Examiners also asserted Brigham had performed about 50 abortions at the Elkton clinic between January and August 2010 “without holding a license to practice in Maryland.”

Earlier this week, another abortion clinic owned by Brigham in Pensacola, Fla., was heavily damaged in an arson fire. A 41-year-old man was arrested and charged in that case.

Reach Jim Walsh at (856) 486-2646 or jwalsh@gannett.com

Two Doctors Lose Licenses After Killing Woman in Botched Abortion

by Cheryl Sullenger | LifeNews.com | 6/3/13 10:54 AM

The medical licenses of abortionist Iris E. Dominy and Mansour G. Panah summarily suspended on May 29, 2013, after Dominy was involved in the death of 38-year old Maria Santiago, who stopped breathing and suffered cardiac arrest while she was left unmonitored and unattended immediately after her abortion on February 13, 2013.

A post-deprivation hearing has been scheduled by the Board of Physicians for June 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Panah, an extremely troubled abortionist with a long history of sexual misconduct with patients, was acting as the Medical Director of the abortion clinic, Associates in OB/GYN Care located in a residential condo complex on Calvert St. in Baltimore, and was responsible for patient care at the time of Santiago’s death. Panah and Dominy also work at Associates in Ob/GYN abortion clinics in Cheverly, Frederick, and Silver Spring, all of which are affiliated with the notorious illegal late-term abortionist Steven Chase Brigham of New Jersey.

The Maryland Board of physicians concluded that both abortionists were so dangerous that “the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action.”

The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) had suspended the operating license of three Maryland Associates in OB/GYN Care clinics in March after Santiago’s death was discovered during inspections that were conducted due to public pressure after the death of another abortion patient, Jennifer Morbelli, at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, a late-term abortion clinic operated by LeRoy Carhart. Inspectors also found that the defibrillator at the condo/clinic did not work and that the patient had been carelessly left unattended while under heavy sedation. No one noticed when Santiago stopped breathing, and no staff was adequately trained in CPR, including Dominy. As a result of the inadequate clinic conditions and the negligence of Dominy, Santiago died from Severe Pulmonary Edema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Hypoxia Brain Injury.

The OHCQ reinspected the clinics on May 7 and found continued deficiencies at all four locations that posed a danger to the public and ordered suspension of abortion services again on May 9.

Dominy is accused of “failing to perform surgical abortion services in a safe manner” and of “failing to develop appropriate post-anesthesia procedures and protocols.” She also used unlicensed, unqualified workers to evaluate patients, perform and interpret ultrasounds, and dispense Misoprostol, a drug that causes strong, unpredictable uterine contractions, all without her presence at the abortion clinic.

Panah was accused of allowing abortions to be started by unlicensed, unqualified workers at a facility that was not equipped to complete the abortion. Patient A was seen by an unqualified worker with no competency in ultrasounds. There were multiple gestational ages estimated from the incompetently performed ultrasounds in the patient’s file. The worker none-the-less administered misoprostol to the patient to begin her abortion without a physician present. Later, the abortionist turned the woman away even though her abortion had been started because she was carrying twins and her uterus was the size of a 22 week pregnancy. Because Panah was the Medical Director, it was determined that he posed a danger to the public.

Panah’s long history of discipline started in 1988 when he was accused of fondling and attempting to kiss his patients on the mouth. He was disciplined once again for unwanted sexual contact with patients in 1995. One woman received as many as three breast examinations in one visit for no medical reason. When asked why the need for repeated examinations, Panah simply expressed admiration for the woman’s breasts. In 2011, Panah was again disciplined for shoddy plastic surgery methods and sloppy record-keeping.

“The emergency license suspensions of Dominy and Panah raise other serious questions concerning patient safety in Maryland and elsewhere,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Why is Steven Brigham allowed to continue operating his chain of shoddy abortion clinics that endanger women and have now claimed the life of Maria Santiago? Brigham and all his abortion quacks should be banned from coming within a mile of a medical facility.”

Another concern is why the death of Santiago led ultimately to license suspensions while LeRoy Carhart, who was responsible for the death of Jennifer Morbelli on February 7, 2013, is allowed to continue operations as usual. Morbelli died of complications to a 33-week abortion that developed after Carhart left the state and was unreachable for emergency assistance.

http://www.lifenews.com/2013/06/03/two-doctors-lose-licenses-after-killing-woman-in-botched-abortion/?pr=1


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Four Maryland abortion clinics shut down and three doctors suspended for ‘lax procedures’ after patient dies in care of untrained worker

Thursday, June 6 2013
Four Maryland abortion clinics shut down and three doctors suspended for ‘lax procedures’ after patient dies in care of untrained worker
Dr Iris Dominy has had her license suspended ‘for allowing unlicensed staff to give patients drugs at Baltimore clinic’
One of her patients, 38-year-old Maria Santiago, died after she was left alone with an untrained employee
Dr Michael Basco and Dr Mansour Panah also suspended; said it was ‘standard procedure’ to administer drugs with no doctor present
Clinics affiliated with Dr Steven Brigham, who has had his license suspended in five states and was once charged with murder

Four Maryland abortion clinics have been shut down and three doctors have had their licenses suspended after a patient died at one clinic and regulators say they found lax procedures at all four.

The clinics, run by Associates in OB/GYN Care, were shuttered last month after state regulators received a complaint about a patient receiving an abortion-inducing drug with no doctor present.

The patient, 38-year-old Maria Santiago, underwent the procedure on February 13 in Baltimore and was ‘still very drowsy’ when she was allegedly left in the care of an unlicensed medical assistant.

She suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest and died later at a hospital. Regulators said her doctor, Iris Dominy, had failed to use a defibrillator – which was later found to be broken.

Dominy is one of the three suspended doctors, according to the Maryland Board of Physicians. Two more, Drs. Michael Basco and Mansour Panah, have also had their licenses suspended.

Scene: Three doctors have had their licenses suspended after a patient died at an abortion clinic, located in this complex in Baltimore, in February after she was being watched by an untrained worker

The allegations appear in documents posted online by the state Office of Health Care Quality, which regulates the clinics – in Baltimore, Cheverly, Frederick and Silver Spring – and ordered them to close.

The clinics are affiliated with American Women’s Services, a company controlled by Dr. Steven Brigham, a beleaguered abortionist whose license has been suspended or revoked in five states. He was at one point charged with murder for late-term abortions, but the charges were dropped.

Dominy lost her license because unlicensed employees at the clinic were dispensing drugs to patients, the regulators noted, not because of the patient’s death.

Basco was on duty at the Baltimore clinic on May 4 when an unlicensed clinic employee performed an ultrasound on a patient and found that the woman was carrying more than one fetus.

The employee then gave the woman misoprostol, a drug that’s used to induce abortions, according to the Maryland Board of Physicians.

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The clinics are affiliated with Dr Steven Brigham, above, who has had his license suspended in five states

‘LEFT ALONE TO DIE': THE DEATH OF MARIA SANTIAGO

The patient who died after visiting the Associates in OB/GYN Care in Baltimore on February 13 was 38-year old Maria Santiago.

Santiago was 12.5 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion and her doctor, Iris Dominy told Maryland Department of Health inspectors that Santiago slept through her abortion.

The doctor then left the woman in the room with an unqualified worker, according to the inspector’s report. The worker filled out paperwork as Santiago lay on the table. She later called for a second worker to help her move Santiago to the recovery area.

The second worker noticed Santiago was pale and not breathing, and they notified Dominy. No one at the clinic had current CPR certification, and there was no attempt to use a defibrillator, which was found to be broken.

Santiago’s death certificate showed she died from Severe Pulminary Edema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Hypoxia Brain Injury. It is unknown how long she went without breathing. Inspectors found staff failed to provide proper post-anesthesia care and observation.

After the patient took the drug, Basco arrived and determined that the patient needed a surgical abortion because the multiple fetuses had made her uterus larger, the board said.

Basco told the patient she would have to go elsewhere for a surgical abortion, they said.

Basco and other staff told regulators it was standard procedure in the clinics for patients to be given misoprostol at 11 weeks or later, regardless of whether a doctor was present, the board wrote.

Panah, the medical director of the clinics, was responsible for patient care at the time of Santiago’s death.

He previously had his license suspended by the board in 1988 for sexual contact with three patients and again in 1995 for sexual conduct with another patient.

In 2011, he was placed on two years of probation by the board for failing to meet appropriate standards for delivery of quality medical and surgical care.

Bardos, who also represents Panah, said the allegations related to wrongdoing at the abortion clinics do not involve his client. He said the previous sexual contact cases ‘involved kisses’.

Marc Cohen, the attorney for Dominy, said that most of the allegations were broad and do not directly involve his client, and that the patient’s death at the Baltimore clinic was not her fault.

He said the allegation that unlicensed workers administered drugs on her watch was false.

‘She’s a well-trained, well-qualified and well-experienced doctor,’ Cohen said. ‘There just appears to be something that happened to that particular patient, but there wasn’t anything wrong with the procedure as far as we know.’

Lax procedures: The doctors and other clinic employees said it was standard procedure for patients to receive abortion-inducing drugs, like those pictured, whether a doctor was present or not

A hearing on the suspensions of the doctors’ licenses is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Bardos has requested a hearing before an administrative law judge on the closure of the clinics. That hearing has not yet been scheduled, he said.

Richard Bardos, an attorney who represents Associates in OB/GYN Care, said Dr Steve Brigham is not the owner of the clinics or the LLC. He declined to identify the owners.

But Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, or NAF, which represents abortion providers, said it was common knowledge among providers that the Maryland clinics belong to him.

‘It’s not surprising that his four Maryland clinics have been suspended,’ Saporta said. ‘We have been an advocate for his substandard clinics being shut down wherever they operate in the country.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2336871/Four-Maryland-abortion-clinics-shut-doctors-suspended-lax-procedures-patient-dies-care-untrained-worker.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#comments


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Three Maryland Abortuaries See Their Licenses Suspended

Saturday, March 9, 2013

As a result of the letter written by seventeen members of the Maryland House of Delegates, officials at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (finally) started inspecting the abortuaries to whom they granted licenses. Said Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein to the Baltimore Sun, “the department is proceeding on the schedule it originally proposed, which called for issuing licenses in early 2013, followed by inspections. He said the system is working as it should.”

So if I understand Mr. Sharfstein correctly, the “schedule” calls for issuance of licenses before ascertaining whether or not the facilities meet the standards prerequisite for those licenses? Whatever happened to “safety for women”? As far as “the system working as it should”, that’s utter bullcrap (pardon the “french” but sometimes delicacy must yield to accuracy), given not only Jennifer Morbelli’s death in February, but that of another woman in Baltimore who died at another prematurely-licensed abortuary in Baltimore. That woman died of cardiac arrest and it was discovered that the defibrillator on hand was non-functional – and the abortionist was not cpr-certified.

This second woman died at Associates in OB/GYN Care on North Calvert Street in Baltimore. The Department suspended its license, as well as two other abortuaries that are also called Associates in OB/GYN Care; those locations are in Cheverly and Silver Spring. Here is the website for the Silver Spring location. Note that all three of these seem to be under the umbrella of American Women’s Services. This network is connected with Steven Chase Brigham. Here is previously-published information about his chequered careeer.

This Silver Spring abortuary is at 9801 Georgia Avenue – the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Forest Glen Road. Please note that this abortuary is not to be confused with Ob/Gyn Associates located at 1400 Forest Glen Road, the campus of Holy Cross Hospital. The inversion of words in their names and their physical proximity can be confusing (deliberately so?).
Now let’s see the Department get around to inspecting Germantown Reproductive Health Services and some of the other hell-holes.

http://restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2013/03/three-maryland-abortuaries-see-their.html


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Three Maryland Abortion Clinics Have Their Licenses Suspended

By Steven Ertelt | Life News | 3/11/13 1:23 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota can require doctors to warn women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide if they go through with the procedure, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Inspections of the abortion clinic revealed they were continuing to violate state health and safety laws after the initial violations that prompted the state investigations in the first place.

The inspections were prompted by a letter from seventeen Maryland House Delegates raising concerns about abortion clinic safety after Jennifer Morbelli. Investigators discovered a second abortion-related patient death had occurred at one of Brigham’s abortion clinics in Baltimore that is located in a residential condominium complex. The woman was said to have had a previous health condition that contributed to her suffering cardiac arrest at the time of the abortion.

According to the Baltimore Sun, “The physician who performed the abortion at Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC on North Calvert Street wasn’t certified in CPR and a defibrillator at the facility did not work, state officials said in a letter Friday to the General Assembly.”

Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, who has been closely following Morbelli’s death and the aftermath, commented on the suspensions.

“Ignoring a health condition that might contraindicate abortion, one of Brigham’s shoddy abortionists proceeded with surgery at a residential condo unit without the necessary certification or emergency equipment required to treat the patient in the event a complication arose. Because of this negligence, he was unable to provide emergency care that could have saved her life. It is beyond belief that the State of Maryland would allow these dangerous Brigham affiliates to continue to operate in the state,” he told LifeNews.

Newman also provided background information on Brigham and previous problems he has had killing and injuring women at his abortion clinics and violating health laws.

Brigham and another abortionist, Nicola I. Riley, were arrested and charged with murder after police raided a secret late-term abortion mill they were illegally operating in Elkton in 2010. A botched abortion that resulted in a ruptured uterus and other injuries alerted authorities to the site where 35 corpses of viable late-term babies were discovered in a freezer. The charges were dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution bowed out of the case under pressure from the abortion lobby.

It was that incident that instigated the new abortion clinics licensing law that took effect in July, 2012.

The two other abortion clinics that were suspended by the state were American Medical Group affiliates in Cheverly and Silver Spring. A representative of the clinics told the Baltimore Sun that they are owned by Integrity Health in Pennsylvania and are listed on Brigham’s American Women’s Services web site only because “they help with our online presence and other marketing efforts.”

However, Operation Rescue previously discovered that Integrity Health is a shell organization that Brigham placed in a family member’s name after Brigham was banned by the State of Pennsylvania from operating or controlling any abortion clinics in that state citing violations that endangered the public after the discovery of a series of botched abortions and illegal practices. He has a history of hiring troubled abortionists that are among the worst in the country. (Read about their backgrounds.)

“Brigham is playing a shell game with authorities to keep open abortion businesses that are dangerous to women. Brigham has repeatedly shown an arrogant disregard for the law that has caused him to be expelled or suspended in every state where he ever held a medical license,” said Newman.

Currently, Brigham holds a medical license only in the state of New Jersey, which remains under suspension.

An abortionist associated with the suspended Cheverly clinic, Mehrdad Aalai, was criminally convicted of Medicaid fraud in 1993, and more recently had his license temporarily suspended in 2011 over a horrifically botched late-term abortion that nearly killed a patient.

The license suspension of the three clinics means they can no longer do surgical abortions until the violations are corrected, however, they can stay open and provide nonsurgical services.

“These abortion mills should be permanently closed. We appreciate Maryland taking steps to inspect, but they authorities there need to take a harder line against these abortion clinics that operate under shady circumstances at the expense of the lives and health of women,” said Newman.

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S.D. can warn abortion-seekers about suicide risk
By Kristi Eaton

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota can require doctors to warn women seeking abortions that they face an increased risk of suicide if they go through with the procedure, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
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Md. prosecutors drop charges against abortion provider
By Marie McCullough

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Maryland prosecutors on Tuesday dropped murder charges against South Jersey abortion provider Steven Brigham, acknowledging that they lacked jurisdiction to pursue the case.

Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D.E. Rollins III also dropped murder cases against a codefendant, physician Nicola Irene Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City, who worked for Brigham. In a news release, Rollins said the investigation was continuing.
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This doctor is still plying his trade at multiple locations throughout the State of New Jersey.