“Trunk Abortionist” Michael Arthur Roth is getting off easy for one of the many felonies he has been charged with by officials in the state of Michigan.
Roth faced a trial in November for criminal charges related to a September 2015, traffic accident in which he struck and critically injured a special needs child with his car. When police impounded his vehicle as part of their investigation into the accident, they discovered aborted baby remains along with abortion equipment and drugs he had stolen from his employer, Angel A. Ojeda, an abortionist who operates Eastland Women’s Clinic in Eastpointe.
Roth used the stolen drugs and abortion equipment for the purpose of committing illegal home abortions – something he was fined $15,000 for in 2004, and ordered not to do again.
Roth told authorities that the aborted baby remains found in his trunk were being transported to Ojeda’s abortion business for disposal, as if that somehow excused the illegal transport of human remains or the criminal abortions that produced them. Given Roth’s previous history of performing abortions in women’s homes in 1998 and 1999, it’s likely he was committing illegal at-home abortions.
• 6 counts of identity theft.
• 3 counts larceny.
• 1 count illegal possession of drugs.
Unfortunately, on Thursday, Roth merely received a $798 fine and 18 months of probation for three felony convictions in Macomb County Circuit Court. Roth pled no contest on October 16 to three counts of larceny in a building.
The light sentence was not lost on leading pro-life advocates in Michigan.
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Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “It’s outrageous that a man with a long record of violations can get off with so little for three felony convictions.”
Roth was facing other criminal charges, including identity theft and possession with intent to deliver the schedule 2 narcotic Fentanyl, but those charges were dismissed in June. The Michigan Board of Medicine suspended Roth’s license on September 13 for a year and fined him $25,000 for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Listing said, “We hope Roth will receive sentences that fit his crimes moving forward. He should never practice medicine again, anywhere.”
Lynn Mills is a citizen journalist who attended Roth’s sentencing hearings. Mills has followed the case from the beginning, and said she was frustrated that no media outlets have sent reporters to the hearings to cover this story since Roth’s initial arrest.
Mills said, “In court this man looked oblivious. There were no real consequences, and he will not stop doing it. Where have the reporters been? I guess this story hasn’t been sensational enough.”
Listing said, “Just like the Kermit Gosnell case in Philadelphia, abortionists with long records don’t receive needed public scrutiny. It allows these abortionists to continue to get away with things others couldn’t. Roth is not an outlier, but the face of the abortion industry in Michigan and nationally.”
Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, including details on 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 and performing illegal late-term abortions.
In 2012 Roth received six months of probation and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine for Public Health Code violations involving botched abortions. Roth’s most recent abortion business, the bizarrely-named Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was closed in 2014.