An abortion practitioner who slapped a patient before an abortion merely received a slap on the wrist from the state medical board.
In October 2012, the The Florida Department of Health 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 faced possible license revocation, if the Board voted to discipline him.
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.
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.”
However, reports indicate the medical board is doing little to nothing about it.
When the case was finally decided by the Florida Board of Medicine on August 12th, 2013, Whitney was reprimanded and received the following disciplinary actions.
An administrative fine of $7,500 and other court costs totaling $8,041.31 to be paid within 30 days from the date this Final Order is filed.
The completion of 3 hours of continuing medical education (CME) in the area of medical ethics and completion of the Laws and Rules course sponsored by the Florida Medical Association (FMA) within one year from the date the Final Order is filed.
Within 90 days from the date of entry of the Final Order, Respondent shall submit to an evaluation by the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) and present the evaluation to the Probation Committee.
Whitney’s medical license status was changed from CLEAR/ACTIVE to OBLIGATIONS /ACTIVE. According to the Florida Department of health this means that
… the licensing board or department has disciplined the licensed practitioner and a penalty, which may include restrictions and/or additional requirements, was placed on the licensed practitioner. The licensed practitioner may practice his/her profession in the state of Florida under the conditions specified by the licensing board or department. Practitioner is obligated to update his/her profile data (FL DOH).
Mark Crutcher, the head of the pro-life group Life Dynamics, responded to the “discipline” from the board.
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“If you want to see how outrageous media bias is, just ask yourself how much coverage this story would have gotten if, instead of being assaulted by her abortionist, this woman had been slapped by a pro-life sidewalk counselor as she was walking into the abortion clinic,” he said.
Crutcher points out that, “The abortion lobby’s media stooges will always look the other way when these episodes take place. And if you want to see how outrageous that is, just ask yourself how much coverage this story would have gotten if, instead of being assaulted by her abortionist, this woman had been slapped by a pro-life sidewalk counselor as she was walking into the clinic. Where are the so-called women’s groups? If anyone other than an abortionist had done the same thing, do you think they might have trotted out their “war-on-women” rhetoric? Count on it.”
“This of course, is exactly the kind of behavior we’ve come to expect from the washouts and losers who work in abortion clinics,” he added.