On February 12th, a disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board reviewed a complaint against abortionist Paul Fine, who is the medical director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC). Former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, brought the complaint forward alleging that Fine participated in illegal practices at the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas.
In October 2009, Johnson left PPGC after observing an ultrasound-guided abortion and has authored a book exposing all of Planned Parenthood’s secrets.
PPGC overseas Planned Parenthood affiliates in both Louisiana and in Texas. A press release from Johnson lists the following abuses committed by Dr. Fine:
Dr. Paul Fine pre-signed hundreds of prescription pads for controlled substances (i.e. narcotics). These medications were given to patients for pain management after an abortion. Dr. Fine never examined the patients being given these prescriptions to determine a medical necessity for the controlled substances.
Dr. Paul Fine fraudulently signed patient consent forms for patients he had never been in contact with. The complaint states that he falsely signed patient consent forms that stated “the patient signed the patient agreement in my presence after I counseled her and answered all her questions . . .” However, Dr. Fine never counseled or answered any questions from these patients, but fraudulently signed legal documents stating that he did.
Under Dr. Paul Fine’s supervision, friends of patients were given antibiotics for sexually transmitted diseases with no patient exam or inquiry to medication allergies. According to Johnson, there were several occasions where clinic staff received phone calls from non-patients experiencing allergic reactions to the antibiotics originating from Dr. Fine’s clinic.
Even though Dr. Paul Fine was the medical director for Johnson’s facility, Johnson states that he never once stepped foot inside the clinic to offer supervision during her eight years there. The mid-level clinicians who saw patients under his authority had no continuing relationship with Dr. Fine. The clinic often went several weeks with no physician present, and on at least one occasion, several months passed with no physician presence of any physician at all.
Additionally, Johnson’s press release cited other abuses that the abortionist participated in including Medicaid fraud, administering the RU-486 abortion pill against FDA regulations, and having unqualified staff administering anesthesia under his supervision.
As LifeNews previously reported, Fine once claimed that abortion is “safer than getting a shot of penicillin” because complications from abortion are incredibly rare. In fact, during a court hearing regarding HB2, he argued that only 2.5 percent of women who have a first-trimester surgical abortion undergo minor complications while fewer than 0.3 percent experience a complication that requires hospitalization.
However, Dr. John Thorp, a Professor and Director of Women’s Primary Healthcare in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina, told the court that these statistics are completely inaccurate because they are based on data that is thirty-eight-years-old. He also indicated that abortion complications are notoriously underreported and that only one-third to one-half of all abortion patients return for follow-up visits where complications could be reported to clinic staff.
Furthermore, court documents revealed that six percent of women who obtain medication abortions using the abortion pill in Texas require surgical abortions due to failure of the abortion pill process. Based on those numbers, the President of Operation Rescue said, “Our calculations based on conservative estimates indicates that nearly 1,000 women might very well be hospitalized each year in Texas alone. That number is completely unacceptable.”