Abortionist Thomas Gresinger, Who Did Abortions for 43 Years, Passes Away

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 5, 2016   |   9:58AM   |   Washington, DC

An East Coast abortionist and OB-GYN who delivered thousands of babies and aborted many more, died on April 22 at a family home in Maryland, according to the Washington Post.

Thomas H. Gresinger, 82, died of cancer, according to the report. He worked for the northern Virginia abortion facility Falls Church Healthcare Center up until last year, the report states. Though he received an “Unsung Hero” award from the National Abortion Federation, Gresinger and the abortion facilities where he worked have a record of endangering women’s lives.

Gresinger was named in a lawsuit in the 1990s after a woman said she was injured in a botched abortion at one of his abortion facilities. The woman alleged that she was sent home rather than to a hospital after she began passing large blood clots and exhibiting signs of shock. A hospital later removed her uterus in an emergency surgery as a result of the botched abortion, the suit alleged.



In a 2000 malpractice lawsuit, Gresinger was forced to pay $2.1 million after a jury found that he repeatedly failed to diagnose and treat a patient’s cervical cancer, which later killed her, according to the newspaper report.

In addition, state inspectors found multiple health and safety violations during inspections in 2012 and in 2015 at the Falls Church abortion center where Gresinger worked, according to state inspection reports.

The report about his death continues:

He incorporated abortions into his private Northern Virginia obstetrics/gynecological practice following the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortions, and he also provided abortions at a newly opened Virginia abortion center.

In the 1970s and 1980s, he established abortion clinics in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Hawaii and Louisiana. He trained doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners in post-abortion care.

As he got older, Dr. Gresinger ended his affiliation with most of these centers, concentrating on his practice in Northern Virginia. In 2013, he received the “Unsung Hero” award of the National Abortion Federation for work on behalf of women choosing abortions.

He received threats from antiabortionists. At one point, U.S. marshals were assigned to protect his Fort Washington home. One of his centers was bombed. Another was severely damaged by arson.

“I don’t feel that I’m in any physical danger,” Dr. Gresinger told The Washington Post in 1985. “I just find these people annoying and extremely presumptuous, that they can ignore the views of everyone else but themselves. I do mind the ones that hang over the fence, harassing my patients with grisly pictures of very late abortions. You should see these young ladies when they come through the door, collapsing in the nurses’ arms one after another.”

The report described him as a leading Washington, D.C.-area abortion provider.