Florida Suspends Abortion Clinic’s License After Almost Killing Three Women in Botched Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 23, 2022   |   11:57AM   |   Tallahassee, Florida

A Pensacola, Florida abortion facility that allegedly botched three abortions so badly that one woman had to be resuscitated and another had an emergency hysterectomy had its license suspended Saturday.

The AP reports the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration issued the emergency order late last week, noting numerous problems at the American Family Planning of Pensacola that are “endangering the health, safety and welfare” of its patients.

Within the past nine months, health officials said three women nearly died from abortion complications at the facility, with one requiring resuscitation, another the removal of parts of her colon and a third an emergency hysterectomy, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

The American Family Planning of Pensacola is connected to notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who has lost his license to practice medicine in several states. Operation Rescue reported seeing Brigham at the facility as recently as May 2020. It is not clear if Brigham was the one who performed the three recent botched abortions.

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In the state health order, officials said the abortion facility failed to provide basic medical care in numerous ways, including not monitoring the patients’ vital signs or providing their medical records to the hospitals where they were transferred. The facility also did not follow up with the patients after 24 hours and did not report the complications to the state within the proper time-frame, according to the AP.

The three women’s cases are disturbing. According to the News Journal, the state health officials said one woman had to be hospitalized in August 2021 and had parts of her colon removed after her uterus was perforated in a botched abortion.

Another woman was found with “pools of blood on the floor” around her.

The News Journal reports more:

In March, another woman started bleeding following an abortion and the clinic’s staff determined the woman needed to go to the hospital. When EMS personnel arrived to transfer her to a local hospital, they documented “pools of blood on the floor,” the order said.

The woman was cool to the touch, did not have a pulse detectable in her wrist and had extremely low blood pressure.

At the hospital, she had emergency surgery where a doctor found a “big hole on the left wall of the uterus and another on the right side” along with lacerations to her cervix, according to the emergency order. After an emergency surgery failed to try to save her uterus, the woman had to undergo a complete hysterectomy and received 10 pints of blood to stabilize her.

In May, the abortion facility failed to monitor the third woman when it gave her drugs and then told her to wait in her car until the abortion procedure, according to the state health officials. Then, mid-abortion, the abortionist lacerated her cervix and possibly ruptured her uterus and had to stop the procedure, the report continues.

Rather than take her to the local hospital in Pensacola, the abortion facility staff told the woman’s husband to drive to a hospital in Mobile, Alabama instead, the health officials found. At the Mobile hospital, the woman had to be resuscitated after emergency room doctors found that she did not have a pulse, the state report continues. She also received a blood transfusion to “replace egregious blood loss,” according to the state health officials.

The abortion facility will remain closed, at least for the time being.

The American Family Planning of Pensacola has a record of botched abortions and criminal activity by its abortionists, according to Operation Rescue. One abortionist, Candace Sue Cooley, was arrested for driving under the influence and charged with child abuse; others who work for Brigham’s abortion facilities in various states are known sex offenders and drug abusers, the pro-life organization found.

Operation Rescue reports more:

Brigham … once employed an abortionist who was caught on video attacking his pregnant girlfriend in order to force her to get an abortion she did not want.

Other abortionists that have been on Brigham’s payroll at one time or another are no better. Two were convicted drug violators, one abortionist was guilty of billing fraud, and another was a convicted income tax cheat who once paid out $3.5 million in a malpractice suit.

Brigham himself has 30 years of deceptive and illegal practices under his belt that have cost him six medical licenses in six states. He was once arrested for the murder of over 30 late-term babies discovered stacked in a bloody freezer during a police raid, although the charges were later dropped. The State of Pennsylvania even once ordered him never to operate an abortion business in that state again – an order he has never fully obeyed.

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