Pennsylvania Abortion Practitioner Fined, Could Lose Medical License

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 10, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Abortion Practitioner Fined, Could Lose Medical License

by Maria Vitale Gallagher Staff Writer
February 10, 2005

Erie, PA ( — A Pennsylvania abortion practitioner has been cited by the state for unprofessional conduct and negligence.

Harvey Brookman has been charged with practicing without malpractice insurance, giving expired drugs to patients, allowing unlicensed staff to administer drugs, failing to check his patients’ age and identity, and performing abortions without a licensed registered nurse present.

Brookman, who worked at American Women’s Services in Erie, has 30 days to respond to the charges.

He could face up to $60,000 in fines and the revocation of his Pennsylvania medical license if the allegations are proven true. Brookman currently has an active medical license in Pennsylvania, but he has a history of license problems.

Pennsylvania suspended his license in 1995 and he voluntarily gave up his New Jersey license in 1996. That year, New York state also revoked his license.

According to the New York Department of Health, Brookman was found to have maintained inadequate patient records.

The abortion practitioner is also being sued by a woman who says he injured her during a February, 2002 abortion in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

American Women’s Services is owned by Steve Brigham, who operates a chain of abortion centers along the Eastern seaboard. Brigham has had his own license problems and was forced to give up his Pennsylvania medical license.

The abortion center in Erie has been closed because it has had trouble retaining anyone to do abortions, but center officials have announced plans to resume operations.

One local pro-life activist, Tim Broderick of People for Life, says his group plans to hold demonstrations outside the abortion center, calling attention to how abortion affects unborn children and their mothers.

“We’ll still have a presence on the sidewalk, but we’re also looking at other ways to increase public awareness about abortion," Broderick told the Erie Times-News.

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