An abortion practitioner who kept bags of aborted babies as souvenirs has passed away. Joseph Booker Jr., 69, was found by authorities in the bathtub of his home. An autopsy performed Friday showed Booker suffered a stroke and drowned.
Booker is formerly an abortion practitioner with Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic and he let the abortion business after a Mississippi woman won a legal settlement related to a botched abortion he had done on her.
Hinds County Circuit Judge Bill Gowan awarded $600,435 for the failed 2003 abortion to Daschica Thomas and her husband, Christopher Thomas after no one showed up at the November 29 trial of the lawsuit they filed against Booker, who worked for the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion business as well as the National Women’s Health Organization abortion facility.
But Booker is more well-known in pro-life circles as an abortion practitioner who kept aborted babies as souvenirs. As one blog reported previously:
Booker performed abortions in Mississippi for years and found himself in controversial situations before.
In December 1999, three dozen bags of aborted fetuses and other remains were found buried in a shallow grave behind a business in the Gulf Coast city of Ocean Springs. An investigation revealed that the fetuses came from a storage room Booker had rented in nearby Gulfport, a city where he had performed abortions at a gynecology clinic.
Booker had pleaded guilty in July 1999 to tax evasion and was sentenced to five months in federal prison.
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Someone purchased the contents of the storage unit, sight unseen, at auction and moved the items to a storage unit in Ocean Springs. Some of the items smelled and the new owner directed an employee to get rid of them, apparently not knowing they were fetuses.
In 1996, lawmakers passed a bill that required licensing for doctors’ offices at which 10 or more abortions were performed a month. That law was aimed at Booker, who had claimed his medical office did more than perform abortions and he did not have to meet requirements as an abortion clinic.