Pro-Life Groups Concerned About Abortion Businesses With Fake Insurance
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
August 31, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life leaders expressed their concerns after the president of an abortion business network admitted that a fraudulent malpractice insurer was widely used among abortion facilities nationwide.
"The entire abortion industry is based on fraud and deception, and it’s the clients — women — who get taken," Wendy Wright, Senior Policy Director for Concerned Women of America told LifeNews.com.
"The latest revelation that abortion clinics gain other’s confidence by using a bogus malpractice insurance company says more about the abortionists than the fly-by-night scam artists," Wright said. "The bogus company takes money, but abortionists take babies’
lives, wound women’s bodies and souls, and charge for the service."
During a recent investigation into a bogus Bermuda-based medical malpractice insurance company, Jane Bovard, president of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers and
owner of a North Dakota abortion business, told state officials that Professional Liability Insurance Company, also known as Unimed, has issued malpractice insurance policies
with many abortion businesses.
The company claims to be located out of Bermuda or, in the case of Unimed, out of Atlanta, Georgia.
However, PLIC and Unimed have been found to be fraudulent and are prohibited from doing business in several states.
Ted Bader, chief investigator with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s Office told LifeNews.com that he has never heard of a claim being paid by PLIC or Unimed.
That concerns pro-life advocates who say women who suffer from a botched abortions or who die as a result may not be able to receive damages from the abortion business.
Vicky Conroy of Legal Action for Women told LifeNews.com that abortion practitioners rate on the high end of malpractice risk indexes, which leads to high premiums.
Others may list a different specialty, such as dermatology, to obtain less expensive premiums, low-cost insurers, as Unimed advertises itself.
Conroy said the use of fraudulent malpractice insurance adds insult to injury for women who obtain abortions, as it adds another complication to the difficult task of collecting on malpractice suits against abortion practitioners.
In her experience of representing women hurt by abortion, the abortion practitioner’s assets are in other names or in offshore accounts, making it impossible to collect, even after winning the lawsuit.
Pro-Life Mississippi has been monitoring the situation of an abortion practitioner operating in Alabama and Mississippi who lost his license to practice medicine in both states due to excessive claims of malpractice.
Pat Cartrette, the organization’s executive director, suggested that any physician who associates with an abortionist by sharing admitting privileges should also be liable in malpractice claims. In the case of one local business that closed down, Cartrette said the facility did not carry any malpractice insurance.
"The abortion industry is plagued with scandal caused by putting its self-interest and profit above women’s health and lives," Wright concluded. "Abortion is simply not a legitimate business or medical practice. Credible businesses that must look beyond the propaganda to the facts find it too dangerous and costly — morally and financially — to insure."