Activists Celebrate Abortion Practitioners, But Many Break Laws and Hurt Women

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Activists Celebrate Abortion Practitioners, But Many Break Laws and Hurt Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 11
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Abortion proponents celebrate a made-up holiday known as the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers, but what Planned Parenthood and NARAL won’t tell most women is how many abortion practitioners are lawbreakers who place women’s health and their very lives in danger.

Suzanne Poppema, a pro-abortion logger at RH Reality Check, glorifies abortion practitioners with words that must make millions of women cringe.

"If you know a doctor who provides abortions, thank them for what they do," she says. "Call or write to your elected officials and ask them to consult with an abortion provider before voting on any abortion-related legislation."

Women and children would be better served if Poppema asked people to contact their local police or state medical board.

She and other activists don’t tell women about abortion practitioners like Rapin Osathanondh, the abortion practitioner in Massachusetts who has plead not guilty last year to charges of manslaughter.

He killed 22-year-old Laura Smith in a botched legal abortion and was indicted by a grand jury after an investigation by local police, state police and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

Osathanondh gave up his medical license permanently after a state medical board suspended it following the abortion death.

Sachida Mudaliar didn’t do much better. He is still on trial for the March 2003 death of a woman in a botched abortion he did.

Abortion advocates also don’t tell women about Pierre Renelique, the Florida abortion practitioner who neglected to come to the abortion business when one patient gave birth to a baby on the second-day of a two-part abortion procedure.

The Florida Board of Medicine revoked his license after it found Renelique guilty of medical malpractice. The panel also found him guilty of wrongly delegating a medical responsibility meant for physicians to unlicensed personnel.

Perhaps Poppema thinks women should thank Rashid Sandhu today. He’s the British abortion practitioner found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage patient after learning she was pregnant. Sandhu will head to prison for eight years after a sentencing hearing last year.

If abortion advocates don’t want to thank someone for sexual abuse, they can send cards to Mark Schulberg.

He is an Australian abortion practitioner who did a late-term abortion on a mentally disabled woman without her consent. Authorities there also learned Schulberg failed to contact authorities about the fact the woman was raped.

Closer to home, there is the case of Deborah Lyn Levich, the Alabama abortion practitioner who directed a nurse to give the dangerous mifepristone abortion drug to a woman in the latter stages of pregnancy. The FDA says the abortion drug is only safe during the first few weeks a woman is considering an abortion.

State officials investigated Levich’s abortion center and said they found "egregious lapses in care, including non-physicians performing abortions, severely underestimating the gestational age of a fetus, failure to appropriately refer or treat a patient with a dangerously elevated blood pressure, and performing an abortion on a late-term pregnancy."

Eventually, Levich allowed her medical license to lapse after the abortion business was permanently closed.

Abortion advocates like to carefully guard their patient records, but perhaps they are forgetting Michigan abortion practitioner and business owner Albert Hodari when they ask for applause.

Hodari and his chain of abortion businesses were given probation this year in a case involving the illegal dumping of patient records. Members of a local pro-life group found biohazard waste and medical records at the Womancare abortion business.

Womancare received a six month probationary period and Hodari pled no contest to twelve counts from the Oakland County prosecutor’s office of violating Michigan law requiring the proper filing and disposal of patient records.

If paperwork motivates Poppema and her pro-abortion friends to send thank you cards, they’ll not want to forget Hamid Hussain Sheikh.

He is the Kentucky abortion practitioner who engaged in such shoddy practices that state officials temporarily suspended his medical license.

That action came after Sheikh pleaded not guilty to charges that he wrongly billed the state for abortions at his business.

Sheikh was arrested after Attorney General Greg Stumbo conducted an investigation and found he erroneously reported abortions as ultrasounds in Medicaid billing records. He was indicted on four counts of billing Medicaid for abortions and could face 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

So when abortion advocates ask you to give thanks for your local abortion practitioners, ask them if the ones who kill their patients, put women’s health at risk and break the law deserve appreciation as well.

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