Planned Parenthood Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2011   |   11:16AM   |   San Jose, CA

An abortion practitioner who works on a contract basis for Planned Parenthood in California has had his medical licensed suspended by the California Medical Board and he now faces a hearing before an administrative judge on August 2.

Jesse James Joplin has worked for the Planned Parenthood abortion business for 27 years, but the California Catholic Daily indicates the Medical Board issued an “interim suspension order” July 25 making it so his days as a “supervising physician” at Planned Parenthood-Mar Monte in San Jose may be over.

The state medical board, months ago, cracked down on Joplin over a series of alcohol-related convictions over the last few years — starting with a California Highway Patrol officer finding marijuana and alcohol in his vehicle during a 2007 traffic stop for speeding. Joplin pleaded no contest, according to the newspaper, on charges of “reckless driving involving alcohol, drugs, or both.”

Joplin was again arrested after his erratic driving prompted motorists to call authorities in September 2009 and a March 2010 incident resulted in a misdemeanor conviction of drunken driving and he reportedly chose to go to jail rather than perform community service.

The medical board reportedly took its initial actions against Joplin on April 22 but also issued a stay of its decision and placed Joplin on probation for seven years. Cal Catholic indicates that the decision at the time made it so, if Joplin violated any of the conditions of his probationary status, his medical license would be suspended. Those conditions included complete abstention from drugs and alcohol, random urine testing four times monthly, a psychiatric evaluation, monitoring from an independent physician, and relinquishing his role as a supervising doctor.

Cal Catholic indicates Joplin has been in serious trouble before with the state medical board related to a failed abortion. Medical records it accessed showed Joplin was found to be guilty of “gross negligence and incompetence” related to an April 1990 incident in which an abortion he performed resulted in the death of 26-year-old patient “Y.G.” Joplin after he failed to act on the woman’s high blood pressure. Joplin was placed on five years’ probation for the incident.

A second abortion-related problem had Joplin underestimate the age of an unborn child by seven weeks and resulted in him attempting an abortion on a viable baby outside of California’s legal abortion limits. Joplin was unable to complete the abortion in this case and the woman was transferred to a nearby hospital where an ultrasound confirmed the failed estimate of the baby’s age and the woman gave birth to a stillborn baby.

Joplin is the second California abortion practitioner to lose his medical license this year.

Andrew Rutland, a southern California abortion practitioner, agreed to give up his medical license a second time over a case involving his killing a woman in a botched abortion. Rutland killed an Asian woman in a failed abortion — as the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled the death of Ying Chen a homicide.

The botched abortion was done in July 2009 at a filthy and ill-equipped acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel that Rutland ran where he also did abortions. Rutland killed Chen by administering anesthesia to her and not knowing the proper dosage. He injected lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in her cervix and the woman began to have an immediate reaction. The abortion practitioner began to perform CPR but state medical board documents say there was a “significant delay” in him calling 911 for emergency medical help for the woman.

Ying was in cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived and was taken to a hospital, where she died six days later. An autopsy revealed Rutland gave the woman the wrong dosage of the anesthesia.