British Abortion Practitioner Who Botched Abortion Wants Restrictions Lifted

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 23, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 23, 2006

Birmingham, England ( — A British abortion practitioner who nearly killed a woman in a botched abortion and was the subject of charges of sexual harassment from 35 women is asking a British medical panel to completely restore his ability to practice medicine.

Andrew Gbinigie appeared before the General Medical Council panel yesterday to try to get the restrictions removed.

The GMC in January ruled he can keep practicing medicine but he was subject to earlier restrictions placed on him after the botched abortion. Those included only working at hospitals with intensive care facilities and not performing abortions or work in gynecology.

He received those restrictions after a 2003 GMC hearing on an incident in which he pulled out a woman’s ovary and part of her bowel during a November 2000 abortion. The abortion ripped a hole in the woman’s womb and tore away part of her kidney and she needed five hours of emergency surgery to repair the damage.

The GMC held a second hearing about Gbinigie after 35 women accused him of sexual harassment. Fifteen eventually agreed to testify against him but the GMC issued its favorable ruling in January much to their chagrin.

The Birmingham Post reports that Zoe Johnson of the GMC told him he does not know how to perform abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy. The woman he injured was 20 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion.

"He carried on operating when the procedure should have stopped," she said.

"Miss A was removed to intensive care and made a reasonable recovery. But if it were not for the skill of the Birmingham doctors she may have died," she added, referring to the woman in the botched abortion.

Gbinigie has not been able to find a job since Liverpool Women’s Hospital terminated his employment in August 2003 after the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

The GMC hearing continues and there is no information on when it might rule on Gbinigie’s request.