Abortion Doc Loses License After Killing Woman in Botched Abortion

State   Steven Ertelt   May 25, 2012   |   11:38AM    Albany, NY

A new York-based abortion practitioner has lost his medical license after killing a woman in a failed legal abortion. Robert Hosty ran the A-1 Women’s Center abortion clinic in Queens, New York, but has had his license revoked following complains made by a pro-life group.

Operation Rescue staff filed a complaint against him for the death of Alexandra Nunez, a 37-year old single mother of four. The state of New York, on February 6, 2012, issued a revocation order yanking his license that is only now coming to light.

Nunez went to Hosty for an abortion in her 16-17th week of pregnancy. She had a history of two C-Section deliveries and a condition where the placenta was more deeply embedded in the wall of the uterus than normal. Hosty spent 9 minutes in the abortion procedure and, near the end of it, she began to bleed uncontrollably. Nunez went into cardiac arrest from loss of blood and neither Hosty nor his staff bothered to administer chest compressions. Hosty waited an hour before calling 911 for help.

The revocation documents stated:  “Paramedics arrived at A-1 Women’s Center on Roosevelt Avenue at 4:58 p.m. (almost one hour after the surgery ended.) They say Patient B [Nunez] on an exam table/chair with her legs open. They saw blood on the floor and blood coming from Patient B. They also saw bloody clothes in the corner. They noted that Patient B was gray and ashen, meaning that she was likely dead. She was cold to the touch.”

Paramedics never saw or interacted with Hosty, according to Operation Rescue. After the abortion, he had left it to his assistant to attempt to revive the patient, who was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

Two other women are also listed as victims of Hosty. One woman suffered permanent brain damage after she went into respiratory distress and cardiac arrest during surgery to remove a gynecological cyst. Another woman was given a full hysterectomy by Hosty, who discharged her from the hospital even though she suffered a fever of 102˚. She was forced to return to the emergency room for proper treatment.

Operation Rescue initially filed the complaint against another abortion practitioner who was thought to have been involved in Nunez’s death, but submitted information about Hosty to the Board after the other abortion practitioner contacted Operation Rescue to say the person who did the abortion was Hosty.

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“We are very grateful Hosty has been held accountable for his negligence. Hosty’s conduct in each case demonstrated a cold-hearted disrespect for the lives of his patients. Once their conditions became complicated, it was as if he was just done with them. We are glad to see that he will never be able to hurt women and their pre-born babies again,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.

Read Hosty’s Revocation Order here.