North Dakota Abortion Business Told to Surrender Insurance Records

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 13, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

North Dakota Abortion Business Told to Surrender Insurance Records

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 13, 2004

Fargo, ND ( — A North Dakota abortion facility has been told to release its medical malpractice insurance records to the state after it was found that the facility had contracted with a bogus Bermuda-based insurance company. The abortion business has been accused of putting women at risk because it can’t pay claims when a woman suffers a botched abortion.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman says he needs the records to be able to permanently shut down the Bermuda company’s business in the state.

Because the Red River Women’s Clinic abortion facility isn’t complying with the records request, Poolman obtained a subpoena for the records.

The subpoena orders the abortion business to relinquish their policy information, proof of premiums paid, and other related records.

"All we’re trying to do is help her make sure [Red River] is covered by legitimate malpractice insurance," Poolman told the Fargo Forum newspaper.

Red River director Jane Bovard has said that her abortion business has malpractice insurance through Bermuda-based Professional Liability Insurance Co. Ltd (PLIC).

However, the company was told to quit doing business in the state of Washington because it is considered an insurance scam selling false insurance policies. Other states, including Florida, Alabama, Illinois Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas have prohibited PLIC form operating there.

Poolman says the company has no license to sell insurance either in North Dakota or any other state. According to the Forum newspaper, Poolman issued a cease and desist order to the company to stop doing business in North Dakota.

Pro-life advocates in North Dakota are worried how women are affected by the situation.

"In light of this situation, we need to ask: What does the Red River Women’s Clinic have to hide from Insurance Commissioner Poolman," Stacey Pfliiger, director of North Dakota Right to Life, told

"Why has the malpractice insurance been bought from a company outside of the United States," Pfliiger asked.