Woman’s Lawsuit: She Yelled Stop, Practitioner Continued With Forced Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2009
Flint, MI (LifeNews.com) — Alberto Hodari owns six abortion centers in Michigan and LifeNews.com has delivered multiple reports on how he has three of them up for sale. A new lawsuit from a woman who says he forced her to have an abortion could explain why Hodari is quickly moving to divest himself of his abortion business.
Hodari, who has killed at least two women in botched abortions, put a for sale sign on his Flint, Michigan center last week and also on his facilities in Livonia and Southgate.
Local pro-life advocate Judy Climer of Flint Right to Life told LifeNews.com that there is a "a fresh lawsuit against him, the clinic and former employee(s)," filed by Caitlin Bruce.
Climer noted Bruce says Hodari forced her to have an abortion after she declined.
Today, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman provided LifeNews.com with more details of the lawsuit based on the records filed in court.
Bruce filed a suit against Hodari and his assistant, "Victor" on June 17 over an incident that took place at Hodari’s Flint abortion center in April 2008.
Bruce alleges that she went to Hodari’s clinic seeking an abortion, but, before the abortion began, she changed her mind, decided against it and told Hodari. However, Hodari and his assistant forcibly restrained Bruce and held her down, according to her suit.
Bruce screamed "Stop, stop, I don’t want this," but her mouth was covered to muffle her pleas while Hodari forced her to have the abortion.
The lawsuit notes six counts against Hodari including lack of informed consent/medical malpractice, battery, fraud, misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and ethnic/gender intimidation.
Also, Bruce believes that Hodari forced the abortion on her because she is black, even though Michigan law forbids intimidation based on gender or ethnicity.
"This man should be in jail," Newman said. "To avoid having to pay for his crimes, it looks like Hodari is trying to liquidate his assets, take the money, and run."
Newman also notes that this is not the first time Hodari has been accused of forcing a woman to have an abortion.
In February, former Hodari patient Jennifer McCoy told Operation Rescue of her 1988 abortion at age 16.
McCoy never intended to get an abortion and was lured to Hodari’s clinic under the false pretenses that she would be receiving her first obstetrical examination. Instead, Hodari forced an abortion on her, she told the pro-life group. He then returned her to her 40-year old high school teacher who had fathered the baby in a relationship that qualified as statutory rape.
McCoy attempted unsuccessfully to have Hodari criminally charged.
Newman added: "Over a twenty year period, we can only imagine how many times Hodari has done this to women. If we know of two, you can bet there were more that we don’t know about. It is one depraved man that could do that to women."
Hodari has also killed women in failed abortions and, in June, Hodari was fined $10,000 by a state board in connection with a woman’s botched abortion death.
One of Hodari’s staff did an abortion on Regina Johnson who, afterwards, suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Staff at Hodari’s abortion center allegedly failed to help her or call for an ambulance and she was deprived of oxygen for an extended time. She died a short time later at Hodari’s Womencare clinic in Lathrup Village.
Johnson’s death is one of several women to have died over the years under Hodari’s care.
The September 17, 2003 abortion saw Milton Nathanson, then employed by Hodari, do an abortion on Johnson. She died the next day from "anoxic encephalopahy due to cardiac arrest" resulting from the abortion, according to official reports.
In addition to Hodari and Nathanson, anesthesiologist Barry Thompson and the abortion clinic’s nurse, Cathy Litchig were also implicated in Johnson’s death.
The Michigan Attorney General imposed the fine on Hodari on March 4, 2009.
This finding of the Attorney General’s office comes just one year after members of Citizens for a Pro-life Society discovered the remains of aborted babies in Womencare clinic trash dumpsters as well as bio-hazard waste and hundreds of patient records.
Hodari was investigated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and received a warning from that office.
He was also prosecuted by the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office for violating Michigan statutes regarding the improper disposition of patient records. Hodari pled no contest to the first of 12 counts and is currently on probation in that case.
A complaint filed by Miller’s group with the Michigan Bureau of Health Professions regarding the patient records issue is currently under review by the Attorney General.
At least two other women have also died from failed abortions at Hodari’s abortion centers and many more have been injured.
Tamia Russell was only 15 years old in January of 2004 when her 26 year old boyfriend paid Hodari $2,000 in cash to abort her baby at over 26 weeks gestation. She died less than 24 hours after obtaining an abortion at Womancare of Southfield/Lathrup Village.
Her guardian was unaware she was pregnant, and had no knowledge of the abortion – until it was too late.
Chivon Williams received a suction abortion by Hodari at an unknown clinic. An hour and forty minutes later, she was discharged even though she was complaining of pain in her stomach and chest. Soon after she arrived at her home, she "became unresponsive." At 5:17, on the same day as the abortion, she was pronounced dead.
Related web sites:
Lawsuit file – http://operationrescue.org/pdfs/brucevshodari.pdf
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