by Steven Ertelt
November 27, 2004
Victorville, CA (LifeNews.com) — An abortion business owner who was the subject of a lawsuit after a woman was injured by a botched abortion says he will be shutting down one of his southern California abortion facilities for lack of business.
Joseph Durante said Friday that the only facility he operates in the High Desert area has closed.
"It wasn’t feasible," he said of the Victory Valley abortion business. He told the Desert Dispatch newspaper that he would continue to operate his Palm Desert abortion facility.
Cassandra Lilly, a long time pro-life advocate in the area told the Dispatch that the closing was good news.
"It’s about time," Lilly said. She told the newspaper that it will take a longer drive for someone women to get to an abortion business and she hopes the drive will help change some women’s minds.
"The further away they have to go the longer they have to think about it," she said.
Durante also told the Dispatch that he believes there will be fewer and fewer abortion facilities in the future because medical professionals are not interested in working at them.
"Most doctors don’t want to get involved with that," he said.
Durante was the subject of a lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured in a botched abortion.
Durante was accused of not providing adequate follow-up care after a botched abortion that perforated the uterus of Ann Marie Santana in 1998 performed at his abortion facility. The abortion also perforated her uterus and bowel and Santana was forced to have emergency surgery as a result.
Santana reached a settlement with John Allen, who performed the abortion. Her attorney, Jack Schuler, said Santana was pleased with the terms of the settlement, but the lawsuit against Durante has not been resolved.
Santana experienced complications afterwards and contacted Durante because Allen was unavailable.
Durante has run afoul of the state medical board on several occasions. He was once placed on probation by the Medical Board of California.
After Santana’s botched abortion, Durante’s license was suspended for 10 days and his probation on another matter was continued.