Backlash from Gosnell, Brigham Abortion Horror Cases Closes Two Clinics, Spotlights Another

Washington, DC — After Pennsylvania authorities discovered a “charnel house” of aborted babies, drugged and dazed women, and filthy conditions at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion mill, inspections were ordered for every abortion clinic in the state. Those inspections found violations at two Abortion as an Alternative Inc. clinics, owned and operated by Soleiman M. Soli, 73, in Bensalem and the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Soli was ordered to cease operations until his clinics could be brought into compliance, but instead, Soli closed the clinics and retired.

“This is a prime example of where an abortionist would rather close down his seedy abortion operation rather than go to the trouble to clean it up. This attitude displays a gross lack of concern for the health and safety of women, since he would have been glad to keep operating under dangerous conditions if the Health Department had not stepped in,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It also shows the critical need to inspect abortion mills and hold them accountable to health codes and the law.”

According to the Associated Press, “the Department of Health found drugs decades past their expiration dates, inadequate or inoperable equipment, poor record-keeping and mishandling of fetal tissue.”

The AP also noted that according to the inspection report, dated October 26, 2010, uncapped needles were found lying on the floor. It took Soli and his secretary ten minutes to figure out how to use the oxygen tank at the clinic. Even then the oxygen mask was dirty and covered with dust.

“Unsafe clinics are the rule in the abortion cartel nationwide, not the exception, but these mills continue to operate because of nationwide political climate that is reticent to enforce the laws against abortion clinics,” said Newman. “The state of Pennsylvania has learned the hard way at the cost of the lives of two patients and hundreds of viable pre-born babies that the laws were meant to protect. Other states could stand to learn the lesson before further tragedy strikes.”

Meanwhile, in Virginia, concerns are being expressed over abortion clinics operated there by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham, who no longer has an active medical license in any state after being caught running an illegal bi-state late-term abortion racket last year. Brigham continues to operate a chain of abortion clinics under the name of American Women’s Services in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. In Virginia Beach, Brigham’s abortion clinic is known as Virginia Women’s Wellness.

According to an article that appeared in the Virginia-Pilot:

Four civil lawsuits have been filed against Virginia Women’s Wellness or its related companies in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, all in 2001 or 2002. Each was concluded by either a settlement, voluntary dismissal or both, according to information from the Supreme Court of Virginia’s website.

The Virginia Department of Health doesn’t handle complaints about physician’s offices.

Another physician, Dr. Craig S. Cropp, is listed as working at Brigham’s clinics in Virginia Beach and Fairfax, according to his Virginia Board of Medicine profile.

His Virginia medical license has been in good standing since 2009.

However, in the preceding decade, he lost clinical privileges in three hospitals in southwestern Virginia and didn’t practice clinical medicine between 2002 and 2006 because of restrictions on his license from the Virginia Board of Medicine, according to board documents.

His medical license was suspended once in Maryland and twice in Virginia.

In the recent instance, the Virginia board found that Cropp had returned to a practice of gynecology in December 2007 and performed surgical procedures without the supervision from an approved physician mentor, as required for Cropp by the board.

Brigham had served as Cropp’s mentor; however, he wasn’t licensed in Virginia and wasn’t board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology, according to board documents.

Operation Rescue recently released a report on Brigham’s troubled abortionists including David R. Peters, who serves as Medical Director of Virginia Women’s Health. In 2001, abortionist Peters was charged by the Virginia Board of Medicine for prescribing drugs “outside of a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship, as required by law.” He further “authorized the prescriptions without obtaining a medical or drug history, performing a comprehensive physical examination, providing information about the benefits and risks…and without initiating additional interventions and follow-up care.”

It took the Board six years to reprimand Peters for his shoddy doctoring and required that he complete continuing education courses related to the prescribing of drugs.

The attention on Brigham’s abortion business in Virginia comes as the General Assembly is attempting to pass regulations that would make abortion clinics operated under the same rules as hospitals.

“For those who say that this is too much regulation, just remember the kind of people who operate these abortion clinics. They are the bottom of the barrel and operate with the attitude that they are above the law with less consideration for the health and safety of women than is shown for our pet dogs and cats,” said Newman.

“When laws are enforced, abortion clinics close. That means they never should have been operating in the first place.”