Abortion Practitioner Alberto Hodari Fined $10,000 For Woman’s Abortion Death
by Steven Ertelt
July 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion practitioner Alberto Hodari, based in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, has been fined $10,000 by a state board in connection with a woman’s botched abortion death. One of Hodari’s staff did an abortion on Regina Johnson and, afterwards, suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Staff at Hodari’s abortion center allegedly failed to help her or call for an ambulance and she was deprived of oxygen for an extended time. She died a short time later at Hodari’s Womencare clinic in Lathrup Village.
Johnson’s death is one of several women to have died over the years under Hodari’s care.
The September 17, 2003 abortion saw Milton Nathanson, then employed by Hodari, do an abortion on Johnson. She died the next day from "anoxic encephalopahy due to cardiac arrest" resulting from the abortion, according to official reports.
In addition to Hodari and Nathanson, anesthesiologist Barry Thompson and the abortion clinic’s nurse, Cathy Litchig were also implicated in Johnson’s death.
The Michigan Attorney General imposed the fine on Hodari on march 4, 2009, but information about it only recently became public.
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, informed LifeNews.com of the fine and talked with the pro-life news service about it.
She said that "$10,0000 seems such a small penalty to pay for the death of a human being. To Hodari this is pocket money."
"Let’s not forget that Regina Johnson is not the first woman to die as a consequence of an abortion performed at Hodari’s clinics, and yet this is all the penalty he receives," she said. "We look forward to the day when Hodari’s abortion centers are shut down and when the oppression of the unborn finally comes to an end."
"Let’s also not forget that in addition to Regina’s death–we must also mark the death of her innocent baby. Two human beings were killed–not just one," Miller added.
The complaint against Hodari found him guilty of "negligence," "incompetence" and lacking in "good moral character." Hodari paid the fine without contesting the Attorney General’s "allegations of fact and law."
This finding of the Attorney General’s office comes just one year after members of Citizens for a Pro-life Society discovered the remains of aborted babies in Womencare clinic trash dumpsters as well as bio-hazard waste and hundreds of patient records.
Hodari was investigated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and received a warning from that office.
He was also prosecuted by the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office for violating Michigan statutes regarding the improper disposition of patient records. Hodari pled no contest to the first of 12 counts and is currently on probation in that case.
A complaint filed by Miller’s group with the Michigan Bureau of Health Professions regarding the patient records issue is currently under review by the Attorney General.
At least two other women have also died from failed abortions at Hodari’s abortion centers and many more have been injured.
Tamia Russell was only 15 years old in January of 2004 when her 26 year old boyfriend paid Hodari $2,000 in cash to abort her baby at over 26 weeks gestation. She died less than 24 hours after obtaining an abortion at Womancare of Southfield/Lathrup Village.
Her guardian was unaware she was pregnant, and had no knowledge of the abortion – until it was too late.
Chivon Williams received a suction abortion by Hodari at an unknown clinic. An hour and forty minutes later, she was discharged even though she was complaining of pain in her stomach and chest. Soon after she arrived at her home, she "became unresponsive." At 5:17, on the same day as the abortion, she was pronounced dead.
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