Abortion Practitioner Sentenced to 34 Years for Sexually Abusing Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 2, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Practitioner Sentenced to 34 Years for Sexually Abusing Women

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 2, 2004

Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — Abortion practitioner Brian Finkel was sentenced to 34 years in prison on Friday. In December, Finkel was found guilty of 22 counts of sexual abuse against women who complained he touched their breasts and private parts inappropriately during abortions and examinations.

Finkel was also required to register as a convicted sex offender and will be placed on lifetime probation should he live past the conclusion of the prison term. Finkel, who is 54, would be 88 years old when he leaves prison.

Richard Gierloff, Finkel’s attorney, said he plans to appeal and will ask an appeals court to declare a new trial that would try each charge separately.

Gierloff knows that, if tried individually, the weight of the evidence against Finkel will be lessened and it is more likely Finkel would escape prosecution.

Janet Jorgensen was one of the women who accused Finkel of taking advantage of her.

“For most of the victims it was a great day of vindication,” Jorgensen told LifeNews.com. “Though many of the counts came back as ‘not guilty’ it is wonderful to know that Mr. Finkel will no longer be able to hurt women.”

John Jakubczyk, an attorney who previously unsuccessfully sued Finkel on behalf of women who say he abused them in the 1980s, said women who had been victimized by the abortion practitioner finally received justice.

“The judge obviously concluded that Finkel was neither contrite nor remorseful for his actions against these women,” Jakubczyk told LifeNews.com. “Finkel’s attitude reflects the overall temperment of the abortion industry which is all about exploiting women and destroying life.”

Finkel had been a regular spokesman for abortion advocates. He appeared on behalf of groups like the National Abortion Federation in interviews with “20/20,” and “Nightline,” and was quoted in numerous newspapers as a representative of the pro-abortion side.

“It is interesting that the national press has avoided any discussion about someone who was once their poster child for the abortion industry,” Jakubczyk added.

Pro-life advocates hope Arizona’s abortion numbers drop as a result of Finkel’s jailing.He was responsible for as much a 20 percent of the abortions performed there.

“The people of Arizona are rid of the dangerous person who had killed more than 30,000 unborn babies by his own admission,” Jakubczyk, also the president of Arizona Right to Life, said.

According to Jakubczyk, Planned Parenthood has said they are performing more abortions, though it is likely the overall number will drop.

Related web sites:
Arizona Right to Life – https://www.azrtl.org