by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2007
Albany, NY (LifeNews.com) — A New York state appeals court had ruled against giving an abortion practitioner back his license who was accused of having sex with a patient at his office and a local hospital. Akiva Abraham has also been accused of falsifying medical records and misrepresenting himself on his web site.
The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled that it found nothing warranting the return of Abraham’s medical license.
It also ruled against his claim that two expert witnesses in the case violated federal confidentiality laws and the doctor-patient relationship, according to an Albany Times Union report.
"In short, that which petitioner does not contest alone supports the finding of license revocation," the court said.
Court records show that Abraham, who practices in Clifton Park, was accused of having sex with a 25 year-old patient suffering from anxiety and depression on the same day he was slated to do an abortion on her.
The newspaper reported that he kept the sexual relationship going for five months and forced her to have sexual relations with him on at least one occasion.
The court records also showed that Abraham lied to a state health department investigator by denying the sexual relationship and engaged in several fraudulent acts, including falsifying his medical affiliations on his web site.
State officials initially revoked Abraham’s license in July 2005 after they found out that he induced another woman’s labor early so he wouldn’t have to change his vacation plans.
At that time, the Board for Professional Medical Conduct found him morally unfit to practice medicine. Among the evidence considered was testimony by a psychiatrist who called Abraham "the most amoral person she had evaluated who was not behind bars."
Abraham’s attorney, at that time, James Hacker, disputed the state’s findings, saying many "of the allegations in the decision and in the charges are salacious and unfounded."
The Albany newspaper said he was not available for comment on the appeals court decision.