Suspended Maryland Abortionist May be Illegally Doing Abortions Again

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 5, 2013   |   3:25PM   |   Baltimore, MD

Mehrdad Aalai was one of three abortion practitioners who had their medical licenses suspended by Maryland state officials earlier this year. But a new report indicates he may still be doing abortions.

In March, the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene suspended the licenses of three surgical abortion clinics. All three are affiliated with embattled abortion business owner Steven Chase Brigham. That included Aalai’s license.

But a OneNewsNow report suggests he may be illegally doing abortions:

Operation Rescue conducted an undercover phone call to learn if Aalai has opened an office in a rundown medical office complex in Annapolis and is performing abortions again.

The conversation is recorded, as follows:

Aalai: “Can I help you?”

Caller: “Yes, I was wondering do you do abortions there?”

Aalai: “Yes. The only thing I do is abortion. I am an OB/GYN doctor.”

Caller: “Okay. How much does it cost for like 8 weeks?”

Aalai: “$335.”

Caller: “Oh. $335.”

So, as the recording indicates, Aalai is back in business. But Operation Rescue has found no record of an abortion clinic license or an application for one, and believes Aalai is operating illegally to avoid meeting new licensing requirements.

Inspections of the abortion clinic revealed they were continuing to violate state health and safety laws after the initial violations that prompted the state investigations in the first place.

The inspections were prompted by a letter from seventeen Maryland House Delegates raising concerns about abortion clinic safety after Jennifer Morbelli. Investigators discovered a second abortion-related patient death had occurred at one of Brigham’s abortion clinics in Baltimore that is located in a residential condominium complex. The woman was said to have had a previous health condition that contributed to her suffering cardiac arrest at the time of the abortion.

According to the Baltimore Sun, “The physician who performed the abortion at Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC on North Calvert Street wasn’t certified in CPR and a defibrillator at the facility did not work, state officials said in a letter Friday to the General Assembly.”

Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, who has been closely following Morbelli’s death and the aftermath, commented on the suspensions.

“Ignoring a health condition that might contraindicate abortion, one of Brigham’s shoddy abortionists proceeded with surgery at a residential condo unit without the necessary certification or emergency equipment required to treat the patient in the event a complication arose. Because of this negligence, he was unable to provide emergency care that could have saved her life. It is beyond belief that the State of Maryland would allow these dangerous Brigham affiliates to continue to operate in the state,” he told LifeNews.