Medical Board Revokes License of Abortion Practitioner in Florida Born Alive Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 6, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Medical Board Revokes License of Abortion Practitioner in Florida Born Alive Case

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 6
, 2009

Tampa, FL ( — The Florida Board of Medicine has revoked the license of an abortion practitioner who allegedly acted negligently in a shocking botched abortion case. The July 2006 incident involves baby Shanice Denise Osbourne and abortion facility staff hid her body from officials after a botched abortion.

The medical board held a hearing Friday in the case and found abortion practitioner Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique guilty of medical malpractice.

The panel also found him guilty of wrongly delegating a medical responsibility meant for physicians to unlicensed personnel.

Renelique’s attorney, Joseph Harrison, told AP before the hearing that he thinks the allegations are "misguided and incomplete" but did not provide more information to back his claims. He did not provide any comments following the board’s decision.

According to witnesses, a young woman went to the GYN Diagnostic Center abortion facility in Hialeah, outside Miami, for an abortion. Sycloria Williams, 18, paid $1,200 for the abortion

Police say the 18-year-old had an abortion and returned the next day complaining of severe stomach pains.

Abortion facility staff told Renelique was unavailable and Williams eventually went into labor and delivered a baby girl, Shanice.

After the birth, abortion center owner Belkis Gonzalez cut the baby’s umbilical cord, stuffed the baby’s body in a biohazard bag and threw Shanice away.

Police eventually found the baby’s body a week later after getting a tip after missing it during the first investigation of the abortion business.

Since the incident, pro-life advocates have called for prosecution of both Gonzalez and Renelique and that may finally be close.

Tom Pennekamp, a Miami attorney who is representing Williams in a lawsuit she filed against Renelique and Gonzalez, told AP that, "I don’t care what your politics are, what your morals are, this should not be happening in our community."

AP obtained records concerning Renelique and determined that he attended medical school at University of Haiti and completed a residency in 1991 at Interfaith Medical Center in New York. The records also reveal he has paid out on five medical malpractice claims, but they did not reveal more information about those claims.

Williams was reportedly 23 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion and received laminaria and was told to go to the A Gyn Diagnostic Center abortion business to complete the abortion process. That’s when she delivered.

Meanwhile, charges have not been levied in the case, although Terry Chavez, a spokeswoman with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors are nearing a decision.

Hialeah police Deputy Chief Mark Overton told the Miami Herald after the incident that "’They hid the body from us for eight days," and there is suspicion that abortion facility staff hid the body of the baby on the roof.

Overton said at the time that homicide or manslaughter charges could be filed.

”This has to be a homicide, an unlawful killing. It could be manslaughter, but we believe it falls in that realm,” Overton said.

The city was preparing to take action on a license suspension for the GYN abortion center; but, before it could do so the owners of the abortion facility surrendered its license to operate to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

Gonzalez, of Miramar, Florida, owns another abortion center there and it has run afoul of state regulations on numerous occasions. It was closed last year after three employees were found to be unlicensed.

Shanice was given a proper burial in October.

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