by Steven Ertelt
March 2, 2007
Englewood, NJ (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates are responding to a case in New Jersey of a botched abortion that nearly killed a woman. State official shut down the abortion business where it occurred and say the Metropolitan Medical Associates abortion facility violated health and safety regulations.
Attorney Richard Collier, the president of the Legal Center for the Defense of Life, understands the kind of medical malpractice that is apparently occurring at MMA.
"We have been litigating cases with the Englewood clinic for over a decade, including one that went all the way up to the US Supreme Court," he told LifeNews.com.
"We obtained a $60,625 medical malpractice verdict against one of their ‘doctors’ in August 2005 for injuries inflicted on one of the women who had an abortion there," he indicated.
Collier said his firm has another medical malpractice case against the MMA abortion center that’s pending in court.
He applauded the state’s closing of the facility saying "it’s about time that the New Jersey health authorities have finally taken action" against it. He said the fact that the administration of pro-abortion Gov. John Corzine was appalled at the conditions inside MMA after a two day inspection speaks volumes about the problems there.
Meanwhile, Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life tells LifeNews.com that MMA is the abortion center that came under national scrutiny in 1996 when the issue of partial-birth abortions first broke.
MMA "performs 1500 partial birth abortions a year" which amounts to about four of the grisly abortion procedures each day. "It went from being a very rare occasion to a very common occurrence."
Tasy said MMA staff indicated they did most of the partial-birth abortions on "healthy mothers of healthy babies."
"If these statistics are correct, New Jersey is responsible for performing a disproportionate number of all partial birth abortions in America in just one clinic alone," Tasy said.