Abortion Business Owner in Pennsylvania Must Close Centers for Unlicensed Staff
by Steven Ertelt
July 21, 2010
Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — An abortion business owner who operates a chain of abortion facilities in the northeast has been ordered by Pennsylvania officials to close his centers there because of his employing unlicensed medical workers.
Steven Chase Brigham is an abortion practitioner whose license has been suspended or revoked in five states.
Now, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Pennsylvania Department of Health has ordered Brigham to shut down four of his abortion centers for reportedly employing medical staff who were not properly licensed with the state — and potentially putting women’s health at risk.
The newspaper indicates Brigham’s lawyer Julia Gabis is responding with the contention that the state health department is selectively enforcing the law against abortion practitioners and is putting his rights at jeopardy.
"We intend to appeal this decision to the Commonwealth Court," Gabis told the paper.
Brigham also has had problems with the IRS, where officials have filed a lien on him for failing to pay payroll taxes from 2002 to 2006 for the employees of his American Women’s Services abortion centers in Pennsylvania and the six he runs in New Jersey.
Brigham was forced to give up his license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania some years ago because of botched abortions. Brigham has also lost his license in other states, yet he continues to operate a chain of abortion businesses on the Eastern seaboard.
He was also taken to task for employing Harvey Walter Brookman, who did abortions at a State College abortion facility known as State College Medical Services and at the Erie abortion center known as American Women’s Services under Brigham’s employ.
Brookman, was only permitted to treat himself and his family because he holds what is called an "active-retired" medical license in Pennsylvania.
Brookman has also had trouble maintaining a valid medical license in other states.
His New York license was revoked in December of 1996. His New Jersey license was temporarily suspended in December of 1994. In February of 1996, Brookman "voluntarily surrendered his New Jersey license to practice medicine and surgery with a prejudice to his right to apply for reinstatement."
The Pennsylvania state health department took its latest action on July 7, according to the newspaper, when Deputy Secretary of Health Robert Torres permanently banned Brigham and any corporation he owns or runs from doing abortions in the state.
That could allow for a significant reduction of abortions in Pennsylvania as American Women’s Services does about 3,600 abortions annually at its centers in Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and State College.
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