Washington Doctor Fined for Doing Abortion on Secret Lover

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 14, 2010   |   8:04PM   |   Aberdeen, WA

A Washington state doctor has been disciplined by the state health department for doing an abortion on a secret lover who was a coworker at Providence Centralia Hospital with him in 2006.

John Eiland will get to keep his medical license after he was investigated over the abortion, but he will pay a fine, be required to attend ethics training, and be placed on probation for three years.

Eiland currently works at the Grays Harbor Women’s Clinic west of Seattle near the Pacific coast where he is an obstetrician and gynecologist.

He admitted misconduct in the case, the Associated Press reports, and he will pay a $3,000 fine after the state health department filed a case against him in February. He failed to refer the woman on whom he did the abortion to another physician or keep medical records related to the procedure.

Although Eiland apparently did the abortion on his lover with her consent, doctors who have impregnated their loved have not always done that.

Last year, a British physician was found guilty of attempting to poison a former lover in a bid to cause her to have an abortion and he received six years in prison after a trial.

Edward Erin, a hospital consultant, attempted to poison Bella Prowse and force her to have an abortion without her knowledge.

Erin attempted to poison Prowse on three separate occasions in early February 2008, officials said. They indicated he used the drugs methotrexate and diclofenac in the abortion bid and tried to administer them once at her home by putting the drugs in a tea he made for her.

In October, 2009, Erin, 44, of Kensington and a married father of two, was convicted as a jury found him guilty of two charges of attempting to poison Prowse in two of the three instances but did not convict him of attempting to cause an abortion without her consent.

During sentencing, according to the BBC, Judge Richard Hone called Erin “a liar, a cheat and a predator” and said he engaged in actions that “betrayed his profession and his family.”