Orlando, FL – Florida abortionist Randall Whitney was reprimanded by the Florida Department of Health in August for striking a patient while preparing her for an abortion. He was ordered to pay $7,500 and complete three hours of medical ethics training. Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Whitney in 2010 soon after the slapping incident became public.
The discipline is considered by Operation Rescue to be an unacceptable “slap on the wrist,” especially for Whitney who has undergone multiple disciplinary incidents in the past, including two license suspensions (case numbers 15606 and 18306) and a term of probation for a third incident (case number 37303). Whitney is employed by the notorious abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV, who himself has undergone license suspension five times.
“Whitney has failed to respond to discipline in the past and has a continued pattern of negligence and criminal conduct. There’s no evidence that this ‘wrist-slap’ will cause him to amend his behavior. We shudder to think what his next abortion-related injury or crime might be – and the Health Department has ensured there will be a next time by failing to protect women from his consistently bad behavior,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, who filed the complaint against Whitney in September, 2010. “When another woman is injured or abused by Whitney, the Health Department will share in the responsibility for it.”
Whitney was arrested for aggravated assault in March 2010, after the slapping incident, but failed to appear for trial in September, 2010. As a result, an arrest warrant was issued for Whitney’s apprehension. Pro-life activists spotted him at the Orlando Women’s Center abortion clinic and notified police, who arrested and jailed him.
Last year, Whitney pled nolo contendere to one count of misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to just one day in jail and ordered to pay court costs.
A disciplinary petition filed by the Florida Health Department in August 2013, discussed the trust women place in licensed physicians, stating in part:
Engaging in conduct where that trust and confidence is violated presents a danger to the public health, safety, and welfare, and does not correspond to that level of professional conduct expected of one licensed to practice medicine in this state.
“It is unbelievable that Florida authorities would allow women to be subjected to a man who has physically abused a patient and one who they also believe is a danger to the public. Is this the kind of treatment women can now expect in Florida abortion clinics? It’s appalling and women everywhere should be angry that authorities think so little of women that they would fail to protect them from this criminal,” said Sullenger.
Whitney also has a documented history of medical malpractice related to his abortion negligence. He was stripped of his hospital privileges and is banned from participating in the Florida Medicaid program.