Abortion Practitioner May Lose License for Slapping Patient

State   Steven Ertelt   Oct 17, 2012   |   4:22PM    Orlando, FL

The Florida Department of Health has filed a disciplinary petition against Orlando, Florida-based abortion practitioner Randall Whitney. The petition cites unprofessional conduct related to an incident where he intentionally struck an abortion patient on March 27, 2010. Whitney faces possible license revocation, if the Board votes to discipline.

According to Operation Rescue, which provided information to LifeNews today, Whitney, who works for the often-disciplined late-term abortion practitioner James Pendergraft, , had repeatedly failed in several attempts to insert an intravenous line in to patient A. R. and struck the woman in response to her complaints that he was hurting her. Whitney was arrested and jailed following the incident.

OR officials indicate Whitney was re-arrested on a warrant for failing to appear for his trial in September, 2010. He eventually pled Nolo Contendere to the charge of aggravated battery on October 4, 2011, and was sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to pay fines, fees, and court costs.

The disciplinary petition filed by the FDH on August 17, 2012, discussed the trust placed in health care professionals who are licensed by the State and how Whitney betrayed that trust:  “Engaging in conduct wherein that trust and confidence is violated presents a danger to the public health, safety, or welfare, and does not correspond to that level of professional conduct expected of one licensed to practice medicine in this state.”

Troy Newman, the President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, said, “Whitney is a dangerous man whose behavior has spun out of control. We pray the Medical Board acts quickly to protect women from further abuse by him.”

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Newman said Whitney has a long history of misbehavior. His license was previously suspended for committing illegal late-term abortions. He closed his Daytona Beach clinic in 2006 rather than comply with new health and safety laws.