by Steven Ertelt
February 6, 2008
Miami, FL (LifeNews.com) — The owner of southern Florida abortion centers pleaded guilty in late December to practicing medicine without a medical license, though the news is only coming to light now. Belkis Gonzalez, who owns the A Gyn of Miramar abortion center, was arrested on two felony counts related to abortions at the facility.
Gonzalez and her business partner Siomara Senises, who also own abortion businesses in Miami and Hialeah, were charged with multiple violations after a two-year investigation by health officials.
Police records the Miami Herald newspaper obtained show that no one at the Miramar abortion businesses, also known as the Miramar Women’s Center, was licensed to do abortions in the last five years, putting women at risk.
According to a statement Operation Rescue sent LifeNews.com, Gonzalez changed her plea two months ago and was sentenced to 5 years probation and told she can no longer work in the medical field.
However, the pro-life group indicates her 23-year old daughter, Natali Vergara, is now operating the abortion business.
Gonzalez was initially taken into custody in February and later released on $1,000 bond and Senises was accused of not having a licensed physician on staff and allowing a doctor whose license was revoked to do abortions.
Senises is also accused of assisting in abortions herself, although she has no medical license, and allowing a secretary to hand out prescription drugs. OR told LifeNews.com that Senises faces trial later this month.
"These people have no respect for the law and even less respect for life," OR spokeswoman Cheryl Sullenger said in response to the information. "There is little doubt they will be back in the abortion business at the first opportunity, if they are not put in jail."
Five other people have been charged in association with the investigation, and, according to documents in the case, Kieron Nisbet, who had a limited medical license to only practice in a hospital, and Robelto Osborne, who had his license revoked by the state, were doing the abortions at the centers.
Osborne told the Miami Herald that the women knew his license had been canceled but they allowed him to do abortions anyway.
Nisbet fled the country and Osborne turned himself in and was sentenced on his charges receiving two years community control, followed by three years probation.
Two other unlicensed employees of the abortion facility, Rojas and Joselin Collado, were later charged as well.
This is not the first time the Gonzalez and Senises have been in the news.
Last July, both were involved in a case where a baby was born alive at an abortion clinic in Hialeah.
The GYN Diagnostic Center in Hialeah closed for good in August 2006. According to witnesses, an unnamed young woman went there for an abortion. Police say the 18 year-old returned the next day complaining of severe stomach pains.
Abortion facility staff told her the abortion practitioner was not available and that she would have to wait. After being taken to a waiting area, the woman allegedly gave birth to the baby that she thought had been aborted the day before.
Officials say an anonymous caller, whom they believe is an employee at the abortion business, alerted them to the birth and the infanticide of the child afterwards. However, when police arrived at the abortion facility, the baby’s body was missing.
They came back a second time and found the dead baby in a biohazard bag. Detectives say abortion facility staff likely moved the baby’s body the first time to avoid detection.
Sullenger said Gonzalez and Senises need to be held accountable in that case.
"Gonzalez and Senises are abortion predators who need to be held accountable for the death of Baby Shanice," she told LifeNews.com. "Baby Shanice’s murder case has dragged on for a year and a half without progress. That is unacceptable."
"We encourage the public to contact the prosecutor and ask for a grand jury to investigate Gonzalez and Senises for the death of Shanice Denise Osborne," she added.