Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License for Killing Wrong Twin in Failed Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License for Killing Wrong Twin in Failed Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 12
, 2010

Miami, FL (LifeNews.com) — A Florida-based abortion practitioner lost his medical license this weekend after the state medical board evaluated his license. Matthew Kachinas was supposed to do an abortion on one of the twin babies who had Down syndrome but wound up killing the other baby in the failed abortion.

Kachinas injected a chemical to kill the baby in the abortion, but the injection ultimately killed the healthy unborn child.

The Florida Board of Medicine met over the weekend, according to the Miami Herald, and revoked Kachinas’ license for that and other cases that have come to its attention where Kachinas engaged in shoddy medicine.

Immediately after the hearing, Kachinas said he would kill himself and was hospitalized at a local mental health facility out of concerns of his well-being, the newspaper reported.

Kachinas was one of the few abortion practitioners in Florida to engage in second-trimester abortions or the practice known as selective reduction, whereby one or more unborn children are killed when a pregnancy involves more than one baby.

The pregnancy in question involved unborn children conceived through in-vitro fertilization. Records show that after the "wrong" baby was killed in the first abortion, a second abortion was done to kill the disabled unborn child as well. The babies were 15 weeks along at the time of the abortion.

The twin who was considered healthy was a girl while the twin diagnosed as having Down syndrome, was a boy.

LifeNews.com reported in August that the abortion center where Kachinas worked closed down. It was one of three abortion facilities in Sarasota, Florida and the only one to do second trimester abortions.

Local pro-life advocate Jim Styer informed LifeNews.com, saying, "Up to 450 2nd-trimester abortions a year were done in the county, according to recent years’ figures from the state. Last year, it was down to 129."

Potential clients might go elsewhere, but the nearest second-trimester abortion center is at least an hour’s drive from Sarasota, with Sarasota Memorial Hospital reporting it does second trimester abortions for "medical" reasons.

The closed facility is Premier Institute for Women’s Health, in the Gulf Gate Medical Center on South Tamiami Trail, north of Stickney Point Road.

Styer said Kachinas said last July he was "on assignment" in various locations around the state for up to three weeks at a time. "

"This is the second time a Sarasota facility where Kachinas worked has closed and he reportedly had left or been dismissed from three other abortion facilities in Florida," Styer said.

He added: "Premiere has been closed for at least a few months. But it couldn’t be determined for several weeks whether the closure might be temporary. An answering service continued to forward messages. Eventually, the web site was taken down, the phone number ceased service, the property was listed for sale or lease, and web searches didn’t find any current information on the business or any references to Kachinas doing abortions elsewhere in the area."

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