Abortion Practitioner Loses Medical License for Pill Factory

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 1, 2012   |   1:18PM   |   Richmond, VA

A Virginia-based abortion practitioner has had his license suspended by the state for operating a pill factory from his clinic — dispensing dangerous narcotics to at least ten patients without prior treatment or proper medical work-ups. Some of the patients were known drug addicts.

Abortion practitioner Joel Match saw his medical license suspended last month by the Virginia Board of Medicine amid findings about the drug operation he ran. Now, calls to his Chantilly “pain treatment center” are unanswered.

Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, informed LifeNews about Match.

“There is no doubt that Match presented a serious danger to the public. We are thankful he is out of commission for now and are praying that Virginia will eventually revoke his medical license. Match’s troubles are far from unique. Our research shows that drug abuse and the illegal distribution of drugs is fairly common among abortionists,” she said.

Sullenger says Match has a long history of problem behavior.

He formerly worked for Nova Women’s Healthcare in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was employed by Mi Yong Kim, an abortion practitioner who lost her own medical license in 2007 after killing a woman during an abortion. Kim is again under investigation for a botched abortion at Nova that was documented and reported by pro-life activists working with Operation Rescue in April, 2012.

Sullenger also indicates Match was sued in 2009, along with Kim, after he performed a medically negligent abortion on patient Regina Tetteh. He had informed her that her pregnancy was in her uterus when in reality, she suffered from an ectopic pregnancy. Match noted in Teeteh’s medical record that he had successfully completed the abortion of an 8 week pregnancy even though a 12 week old fetus remained dangerously lodged in her fallopian tube.

“Teeteh began to experience increasingly worse pain and bleeding after the abortion,” she explained. “Instead of sending her to an emergency room, Kim rescheduled her for a second abortion several days later. Before she could make that appointment, Teeteh collapsed in pain after her fallopian tube exploded, threatening her life. She unsuccessfully attempted to crawl to a phone to call for help. Her fianc√© discovered her later on the floor of their home and called 911. Teeteh survived her ordeal but continued to experience pain and other issues for years.”

Operation Rescue also says court records show Match also has a history of spousal abuse.

In his 1992 divorce, the court found that Match subjected his wife to physical abuse, including, “choking her, body-slamming her, kicking her, throwing her down the stairs, beating her face, pulling her hair and screaming at her.” Records also show that Match underwent psychiatric treatment and counseling “with respect to his violence and cruelty to a woman (his wife).”

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“The documents on Match paint an ugly picture of hatred of women, sloppy abortions, and involvement with illegal drugs. That is a recipe for disaster for the women and their babies that this criminal preyed upon,” said Sullenger. “What is frightening is that we know there are many other abortionists like Match – and worse – still out there that just haven’t been caught yet. Women have no idea what they will get when they walk into an abortion clinic in America.”

Sullenger notes that Kermit Gosnell of Pennsylvania, who faces murder charges for killing babies born alive during late-term abortions, was discovered after police raided it his clinic thinking he operated a “pill mill.”

Florida abortionist Harry Perper was arrested last year and charged with the illegal distribution of drugs. Other abortionists in Pennsylvania and Maryland have been arrested and/or disciplined within the last year on similar charges.

Read Match’s Suspension Order at the Operation Rescue web site.