A Catholic hospital in Michigan has officially cut ties with the Michigan abortion practitioner who was caught with what local police believe were 14 plastic containers that possibly contain the bodies of aborted babies along with other human tissue.
Local police raided the upscale West Bloomfield, Michigan home of abortionist Michael Roth after acting on evidence that Roth may be performing illegal abortions — doing abortions either out of his home or in the private homes of his customers. After the raid, police found, in the trunk of Roth’s car, medical equipment used for abortion procedures. Investigators confiscated medical “materials” in bags and boxes at Roth’s home. Roth is now under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General.
As LifeNews reported, Roth has a connection with a local Catholic hospital and was recently listed as an OB-GYN for the Catholic St. John/Providence Health System.
In fact, a profile page at the hospital indicates Roth was on staff, but the hospital appears to have taken it down. A cached copy of the web page at Google from October 4 reveals the hospital took down the profile page between then and the raid. “Dr. Roth specializes in OB/GYN as a primary care physician to women. He believes in treating all women of all ages, as well as treatment and care for obesity (medical, not surgical),” the Catholic hospital’s cached page said. It provided addresses in Farmington Hills and Novi where patients could make appointments with Roth and it indicates Roth did his residency at its Providence-Providence Park Hospital in Southfield.
Just what is the nature of the relationship between Roth and St. John/Providence Health System? At minimum, it appears the Catholic hospital was providing Roth with admitting privileges and that relationship has been ongoing for some time.
But a new report indicates that relationship has come to an end:
St. John Providence Health System says Michael Arthur Roth is a private physician and not employed by the hospital. He is on a leave of absence from the Providence-Providence Park Hospital Medical Staff.
A statement from the health system read in part: St. John Providence Health System – and all its facilities including Providence Park – provide care in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Services in the United States (ERDs). Our medical staff by-laws clearly require all physicians to adhere to the ERDs when providing services in any of our facilities. Michigan law prohibits hospitals from denying medical staff privileges based on whether or not a physician provides termination of pregnancy services at other locations.
An abortion doctor under investigation by local, state and federal officials has been kicked out of one hospital where he worked. And there are questions about why this doctor was allowed inside a catholic hospital in the first place, after being cited by the state for performing home abortions.
He did work at St. John Providence Park Hospital – a catholic facility. Did they know the doctor’s past? No one will comment.
The hospital bills itself as a leader in Catholic, faith-based health care.
“St. John Providence is committed to providing care to treat the entire person — body, mind, and spirit. This philosophy of care underscores our heritage as a faith-based health system offering our patients so much more than medicine,” it says. “St. John Providence is a member of Ascension. Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most.”
Writing at a Catholic blog, one pro-life blogger says the issue of the Michigan abortionist working at St. John has been a problem for years.
“Catholic pro-lifers have been protesting Dr. Roth’s admitting privileges at a Detroit-area Catholic hospital for years. Moreover, despite relentless pleas to the archdiocese of Detroit to intervene and either force the hospital to cut its ties to Roth or else strip it of its Catholic status, the archdiocese has allowed the scandal to go on unchecked,” Ryan Fitzgerald writes.
Roth’s abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was evicted in November 2014 from its second office space this year. An eviction document provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills, shows that a court request for eviction from his office at 33200 West 14 Mile in West Bloomfield was filed on October 21, 2014. The eviction was ordered due to Roth’s violation of a provision of his lease.
Roth had until November 27, 2014, to vacate the premises. Photos taken through his office windows on November 25 show that the office was empty and Roth had already moved out.
Mills told Operation Rescue that she had conducted a literature drop just prior to Thanksgiving featuring information about Roth’s abortion business and his involvement in a tax fraud case. Roth moved out soon after.
“Public pressure of the kind used by Lynn Mills is very effective at exposing the ‘bad boys’ of the abortion cartel and forcing them out of business,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We applaud her efforts and those of others who also contributed to this pro-life victory.”
Earlier in 2014 Roth was evicted from his long-time office, located at 42450 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 205, in Novi, Michigan, which was the site of several large peaceful, pro-life sit-ins, or rescues, in the early 1990s.
Monica Migliorino Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society talked with LifeNews about Roth and this new investigation.
“That Michael Roth would be performing illegal abortions–either in his home, or even in the homes of women–shows the despicable,sordid practice that is abortion. It also shows that Roth as an abortionist did not really care about the health and safety of women–as these abortions were not taking place in safe, sterile environments,” she said.
“This is just another sad, sorry story that exposes the dark world of the abortion practice and helps the public see that dark world. On top of the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies–and now this! We see the unscrupulous nature of the abortion practitioner–a nature forged in disrespect for life,” Miller continued.
Roth has a checkered history of Board discipline and malpractice suits related to botched abortion procedures. Some of the injuries he inflicted during abortions include perforated uteri and bowels, hemorrhage, and at least one abortion he did not finish because the abortion facility ran out of dilators of the size he needed to complete the procedure. One woman required a hysterectomy to save her life. Documents related to these incidents can be read at AbortionDocs.org.
Roth’s personal life was also troubled. He went through an ugly divorce in 2005 that resulted in his then-wife obtaining a personal protection order against her husband that specifically prohibited him from following her, approaching her in public, or prescribing any medications for her. She lived locked in the basement of their home during the divorce proceedings while he enjoyed the master bedroom, according to court documents.
Right to Life of Michigan also commented to LifeNews on this investigation.
“Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999,” the group said. “Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, featuring several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.”
Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, “Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women’s health and safety. Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014.”
Since passage of the Michigan Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, which significantly strengthened the oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.
Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We’re glad we’ve been able to provide more tools for authorities to deal with health and safety violations in the abortion industry, and we’ll continue to provide them with even more. If abortionists and their businesses can’t abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn’t be allowed practice on vulnerable women.”