Abortion Practitioner Agrees to License Suspension After Severely Injuring Teen

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Practitioner Agrees to License Suspension After Severely Injuring Teen

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 10
, 2010

Trenton, NJ (LifeNews.com) — An abortion practitioner who severely injured a teenage girl in a botched abortion has entered into an agreement with the state of New Jersey to suspend his medical license. A pro-life group obtained more information showing the details of the agreement Steven Chase Brigham made.

Brigham 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 a perforated uterus and it required immediate surgery.

Documents Operation Rescue obtained Thursday through an open records request from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office indicated that the state has not yet suspended Brigham’s license. A verified complaint against Brigham was filed on September 8, 2010, requesting an emergency suspension.

An order to show cause and notice of hearing was also issued that same day. The hearing had been set for Wednesday of next week.

The pro-life group notified LifeNews.com today it has received an interim order filed today indicating that Brigham has agreed to a suspension of his license to practice medicine and surgery effective September 15 in exchange for additional time to prepare his defense. A hearing on his suspension is now scheduled for October 13.

"We are very happy that on September 15, Brigham will no longer be allowed to harm women and innocent children with his illegal abortion practices," said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.

However, calls the pro-life group placed to various abortion centers Brigham runs, under the name American Women’s Services in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, showed the centers are open and abortions are done by other abortion practitioners who are currently taking appointments.

"We are disturbed that his chain of abortion mills will not be closed, but will apparently continue to operate with other abortionists of questionable scruples at the helm. We will continue to work with authorities in New Jersey and Maryland to see to it that Brigham is brought to full justice under the law and that all of his dangerous abortion mills are closed permanently," Newman said.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Right to Life tells LifeNews.com that it is glad the state is pressing Brigham because it wanred of problems related to his abortion practice weeks ago.

New Jersey Right to Life executive director Marie Tasy wrote a letter to New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow on July 23 urging her to investigate Brigham and his six state abortion centers following news that Pennsylvania had started probing his abortion facilities there.

Newman will be in Annapolis, Maryland next Wednesday at noon for a press conference outside the Maryland Attorney General’s office where he and other pro-life leaders will remark on this evolving story concerning Brigham and the three other Maryland abortionists whose licenses were suspended this week.

He said the more than 300 pages of documents his group received from New Jersey officials reveal a shocking story of Brigham’s late-term abortion business that was carefully crafted to evade state late-term abortion limits.

They also detail the botched late-term abortion that resulted in uncovering Brigham’s scheme.

Meanwhile, Maryland officials have told embattled abortion practitioner Steven Chase Brigham to stop doing abortions in the state.

And Pennsylvania officials told him to close his abortion businesses there after he was found to be employing unlicensed staffers and putting women’s health at risk.

Related web sites:
Operation Rescue – https://www.operationrescue.org


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