A notorious late-term abortionist lost his license to practice medicine in yet another state this week after a long history of botched abortions and run-ins with the law.
Steven C. Brigham, who ran abortion facilities in Voorhees and Mount Laurel, New Jersey, engaged in “gross negligence” involving about 250 late-term abortions, and a medical board was correct to revoke his license, an appeals court ruled Friday, according to the Courier Post.
Brigham put patients at risk between September 2009 and August 2010 when he initiated abortions at his South Jersey medical offices and then completed them a day or two later at another office in Elkton, Maryland, according to the report.
The court found he violated medical regulations by doing abortions this way. A state medical board also called the practice “a deliberate sham,” and noted that Brigham failed to be “forthright and honest with his patients.”
Here’s more from the report:
The three-judge panel found “ample evidence” that Brigham had practiced medicine without a license in Maryland.
It also said the state Board of Medical Examiners, in taking Brigham’s license in 2014, “weighed the public interest and the continued need for pregnancy termination services against countervailing concerns that society be protected from professional ineptitude.”
Evidence indicates that “Brigham’s patients were exposed to harm by his lack of hospital or (licensed ambulatory care facility) privileges to deal with unforeseen complications,” the court ruled.
However, Brigham has claimed the decisions to revoke his license were based on “bias and unfairness … due to the fact that this matter concerned ‘the explosive issue’ of late term abortions.”
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His attorney said they are considering their options, including whether to appeal the decision.
Brigham has developed a reputation as one of the East Coast’s worst abortionists. A handful of states have revoked his license to practice medicine. In 2016, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office also charged Brigham with illegally running several abortion facilities in the state after he lost his license to practice medicine there.
In 2013, he was caught running a Philadelphia abortion facility after the state took his license away and prohibited him from any involvement in abortion facilities. Pennsylvania authorities shut down the facility after learning of Brigham’s involvement, LifeNews reported.
In 2011, Maryland prosecutors charged Brigham with murdering viable late-term babies at a secret abortion clinic; however, the charges were dropped because some said he had killed the unborn babies in New Jersey instead. The state also closed several of Brigham’s clinics in 2013 after discovering repeated health and safety violations that put women in danger, LifeNews reported.
In 2016, Virginia health inspectors discovered more than 52 pages of violations at another Brigham-run abortion facility, LifeNews reported. State health officials later shut down that facility.