Abortionist Doesn’t Get Sentence Reduced for Botched Abortion Death

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortionist Doesn’t Get Sentence Reduced for Botched Abortion Death

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 24, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Though he botched a woman’s abortion and left her for dead, abortion practitioner John Biskind claims he is a changed man whose prison sentenced should be reduced. Clemency officials and a pro-life group disagree.

In what pro-life groups called a slap on the wrist, Biskind was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the death of LouAnne Herron, 33. Herron bled to death on a gurney at Biskind’s abortion facility while he left for an appointment with a tailor and refused to allow his staff to contact paramedics.

The Board of Executive Clemency denied Biskind a reduction in his sentence this week.

Biskind, who is 77, claims he is a new man with a newfound "spiritual conviction." In his request for clemency, he wrote, "No words can describe the remorse and pain that I feel."

That doesn’t convince Shane Wikfors, director of Arizona Right to Life, either.

"To see a reduction in Biskind’s sentence would be a grave injustice to the family of LouAnne Herron and the criminal justice system," Wikfors told LifeNews.com.

"Every abortion doctor should be put on notice that the reckless treatment and abuse of women will not go unnoticed and without appropriate prosecution," Wikfors added. "Biskind’s complete disregard for LouAnne Herron’s life and welfare must be fully addressed through his punishment."