Pennsylvania Abortion Practitioner Has Medical License Suspended

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 21, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
April 21, 2005

Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — An abortion practitioner who was charged with unprofessional conduct and negligence by the state of Pennsylvania has had his medical license suspended. As a result of the suspension, Dr. Harvey Brookman will not be able to practice medicine for up to six months.

Brookman, of Yardley, PA, had no comment on the actions.

The abortion practitioner had worked at the American Women’s Services abortion business in Erie from the time it opened in September of 2003. He also worked at an abortion facility in the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia.

Brookman was charged by the state with practicing without malpractice insurance, giving expired drugs to patients, permitting unlicensed staff to administer drugs, failing to check his patients’ age and identity, and conducting abortions without a licensed registered nurse present.

Last week, lawyers with the state refiled an amended list of seven disciplinary charges against the abortionist. The latest charge of professional misconduct notes Brookman perforated a teenager’s uterus and colon during an abortion at the King of Prussia facility. The abortionist is now facing a lawsuit filed by the girl.

Brookman also worked for two years as an “independent contractor physician” at the State College Medical Services abortion business in State College, PA.

The abortion practitioner became the target of a state inquiry after Centre County Citizens Concerned for Human Life, a pro-life group, filed complaints with the state Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and the state Department of Health.

Susan Rogacs of Centre County Citizens told the local press that Brookman was not licensed to offer medical services to the public.

"We checked the state department website. It said he only had an active-retired license," meaning that he could treat only himself and family members, Rogacs said earlier this year.

Brookman has had a number of other license problems in other states.

He surrendered his New Jersey license in 1996. The same year, New York revoked his license. Pennsylvania initially suspended his license in 1995.

According to the New York Department of Health, Brookman routinely examined the uteruses of pregnant women without a medical reason. He was also found guilty of maintaining inadequate patient records and altering others.