Abortion Industry Forced to Acknowledge Practitioners Risk Women’s Health
by Steven Ertelt
September 10, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The abortion industry almost never recognizes the ways in which abortions cause medical and mental health problems for women. With several abortion practitioners and businesses facing actions from state officials for health and safety violations, they’re forced to acknowledge the real problems.
Abortion practitioner Steven Brigham is among the worst offenders.
He is not allowed to do late-term abortions in New Jersey, one of the four states in which he owns an abortion business, because he doesn’t meet the state’s medical requirements. As a result, he has started late-term abortions for women there and transported them via rental care to his Maryland abortion centers to complete the abortions.
One abortion using this method went so poorly, Brigham was forced to take the teenager to a local Maryland hospital — and she eventually had to be airlifted to Johns Hopkins Medical Center because the abortion caused so much damage to her it required immediate surgery.
That has resulted in Brigham facing disciplinary actions — and potential charges that could lead to jail time — in both states.
Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, says "Brigham is so bad … that even the abortion industry, with its exceedingly low standards requiring abortionists show up with a remotely functioning third world medical license in any field, has been forced to turn against him."
She notes how Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, a trade group for abortion businesses, was compelled to tell the Associated Press about Brigham, "His record is the most egregious one I know of in the field."
AP says NAF "has been warning authorities about Brighams practices since the mid-1990s" though Stanek says she wants proof because she’s never seen any such warnings.
Stanek also points out that Saporta’s answer makes it appear "Saporta has heard of other egregious abortionists, but Brigham wins the quack hack award."
She also points out how, in message to followers on Twitter, NAF said the prosecution of Brigham was a "rare occasion of agreement" with pro-life advocates and that "supporters and opponents of abortion want [Brigham] investigated."
And a twitter account supporting late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller tweeted that the Brigham investigation was "progress for women and safe abortion."
Stanek says so many abortion practitioners "are suddenly are being forced from under their rocks into the public spotlight, I can’t even keep track of them all."
"Aside from Brigham, three other abortionists in two states had their licenses suspended September 8: Nicola Riley (in NJ), George Shepard (in NJ), and Romeo Ferrer (in MD)," Stanek said on her blog. "Meanwhile the trial against abortionst Rapin Osathanondh for the wrongful death of Laura Hope Smith is scheduled to begin next week in MA. And I know I’m missing some."
"With critical mass reached, pro-aborts have been forced to acknowledge these bottom feeders, while attempting the imaginative PR stunt of claiming the gleaning of their pond scum is ‘progress for women’ and ‘safe abortion[s],’ which I thought were already safe," she said.
"So does this mean pro-aborts and the industry will now come out in favor of abortion clinic regulations," Stanek wonders.
She is not holding her breath that NAF will update its web site, in which is strongly condemns laws meant to hold abortion practitioners like Brigham accountable for egregious violations of basic health and safety standards designed to keep women seeking abortions from suffering the same fate as the teenager he severely injured.
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