Brigham Quietly Reopens Maryland Abortion Clinic Where Patient Died

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Baltimore, Maryland – Operation Rescue has learned that the disgraced New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has flown the under the regulatory radar to reopen three Maryland abortion clinics that were shut down by the state in 2013 for dangerous abortion practices, including the death of one patient.

Brigham-orangejumpsuitUndercover phone calls confirmed that abortions were being scheduled for his Baltimore, Silver Springs, and Cheverly locations, which are still advertised on his American Women’s Services website.

In order to avoid having to re-license his abortion clinics, Brigham’s Maryland locations are offering only medication abortions. Facility licenses and inspections are only required if surgical abortions are conducted.

“Right now, Brigham is profiting from medication abortions at three abortion clinics that the State of Maryland said were too dangerous to operate,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “By restricting abortions to those done by pills or injections, Brigham can operate without oversight, without inspections, and without any accountability. This is a recipe for disaster for the women who are duped into thinking he is running legitimate medical offices. There is nothing legitimate about Brigham’s medical or business practices, as his record of abortion abuses proves.”

Previous licensing issues

It is questionable whether the staff of these facilities is competent to conduct medication abortions.

Maryland law requires that abortions only be done by licensed physicians, but that has meant little to Brigham and his abortion clinic employees. On May 2013, it was discovered that unlicensed workers at Brigham’s Maryland abortion clinics were illegally administering misoprostol to women without a licensed physician present. Misoprostol is a drug that causes uterine contractions and is often used to cause or facilitate abortions.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) suspended the facility licenses of Associates in OB/GYN Care in Baltimore, Silver Springs, and Cheverly, after all three abortion offices failed to correct life-threatening health and safety violations.

In 2010, Brigham was ordered to cease and desist from the practice of medicine in Maryland — where he was never licensed — after it was discovered he was operating an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme at a “secret” abortion facility in Elkton. Brigham’s New Jersey medical license was later revoked, citing his pattern of deception and shoddy practices that have made him unfit to practice medicine in six states.

Patient Death

In March 2013, inspectors discovered that a patient, Maria Santiago, died during an abortion at Brigham’s Baltimore abortion facility, which is located in a residential condominium complex. [Read the CAD and Police Report]

The abortionist involved in the fatal abortion, Iris Dominy, was not certified in CPR at that time and failed to use a defibrillator on Santiago, who suffered cardiac arrest. Inspectors later discovered that the defibrillator did not work and staff had not been trained in its use.

Dominy received only a reprimand for her negligence that resulted in Santiago’s death.

Pattern of deceptive practices

However, Brigham still continues to operate an estimated 17 abortion clinics up and down the eastern seaboard despite his chronically dangerous and deceptive conduct that includes (but by no means is limited to):

• Operating an illegal late-term abortion scheme where abortions would be started in New Jersey and finished in New York. This resulted in the revocation of Brigham’s New York medical license.

• Attempting to evade New Jersey abortion limits by starting late-term abortions in that state and ending them illegally in Maryland.

• Operating an illegal abortion facility in Pennsylvania after having been ordered not to engage in the business of abortion in that state.

• Engaging in a “sham” transfer of his New Jersey abortion clinics to a convicted sex offender who denied owning them when questioned by authorities. Brigham continues to operate these clinics illegally.

• Falsifying clinic logs in Maryland to indicate George Shepard was conducting the abortions when in fact Shepard, an 88-year old with failing memory, was incapable for doing abortions due to a paralyzed arm. In fact, it was Brigham who was doing the abortions.

• Having his Florida medical license revoked for seriously botched abortions after the medical board found that his defense posed arguments that were “not supported by competent, substantial evidence.”

• Committing deception and fraud by advertising “painless” and “safe” abortions. A New Jersey judge later ordered him to stop the false advertisement (pp 43-44).

“The fact that Brigham continues to defy the law despite years of disciplinary sanctions is an indicator that he really belongs in jail,” said Newman. “He has proven that his shoddy abortion mills exploit, injure, and even kill women and are among the worst in the nation. It is dangerous and foolhardy to allow him to operate abortion businesses with or without oversight. We call on the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to once again shut down Brigham’s Maryland abortion businesses – this time for good!”

Take action!

Please e-mail the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and demand the immediate closure of Brigham’s Associates in OB GYN (AKA American Women’s Services) in Baltimore, Silver Springs, and Cheverly.

E-mail: dhmh.healthmd@maryland.gov

  • PMurphy

    This is the letter I sent.

    I am writing to request that your division immediately shut down Steven Brigham’s Associates in OB GYN (AKA American Women’s Services) in Baltimore, Silver Springs, and Cheverly. As you are no doubt aware, this man has for many years skirted the law at best and more often completely flouted it in carrying out illegal abortion procedures, including the astonishingly brazenly illegal bi-state late-term abortion procedures begun in New Jersey and finished in Elkton, MD, resulting in the revocation of his NJ medical license and an order to cease and desist practicing medicine in your state–where he was never licensed to practice–and rightly so.

    Now he has re-opened the three abortion clinics mentioned above despite their having been shut down by the state in 2013 for dangerous abortion practices, including the death of one patient. Purportedly he is conducting “only” so-called medical abortions using pills and injections with NO oversight, inspections, or accountability. This cannot be allowed to continue! Women have died due to his pattern of deception and shoddy practices that have made him unfit to practice medicine in six states. And, are we to trust that he is not also providing surgical abortions?

    I offer these horrible offenses in illuminating his long history of shoddy and inherently dangerous and deceptive practices (which are not exhaustive):

    • Operating an illegal late-term abortion scheme where abortions would be started in New Jersey and finished in New York. This resulted in the revocation of Brigham’s New York medical license.

    • Attempting to evade New Jersey abortion limits by starting late-term abortions in that state and ending them illegally in Maryland.

    • Operating an illegal abortion facility in Pennsylvania after having been ordered not to engage in the business of abortion in that state.

    • Engaging in a “sham” transfer of his New Jersey abortion clinics to a convicted sex offender who denied owning them when questioned by authorities. Brigham continues to operate these clinics illegally.

    • Falsifying clinic logs in Maryland to indicate George Shepard was conducting the abortions when in fact Shepard, an 88-year old with failing memory, was incapable for doing abortions due to a paralyzed arm. In fact, it was Brigham who was doing the abortions.

    • Having his Florida medical license revoked for seriously botched abortions after the medical board found that his defense posed arguments that were “not supported by competent, substantial evidence.”

    • Committing deception and fraud by advertising “painless” and “safe” abortions. A New Jersey judge later ordered him to stop the false advertisement (pp 43-44).

    It is LONG past time that this man be jailed for his continuous violation of the law. This is the only way he will stop profiting off the deaths of mothers and pre-born babies.

    I look forward to hearing what action your office will take to protect the public from this criminal.

  • PLW

    Stop the Abortations !! Tax Payers should not pay for Abortations !!

  • CMY

    Please rush out a Petition for us to sign…..works better with large number
    of signatures! This is criminal activity…

  • patgo

    I emailed. I hope a lot of people do this. This will have just as much impact, or more, than a petition.

  • Irvan

    WHAT DOES IT TAKE to get the laws enforced in the state of Maryland. This person (TERM USED LIGHTLY) had his license revoked and yet he continues to operate his ILLEGAL clinics.. He needs to be hung!

  • Marie Steve

    I sent them an email, Demanding that they look into this matter, n that they close down his illegal activity, I hope they get enough complaints, so they will look into what this butcher is up to, it can’t be legit when he’s trying to sneak under the Dept. Of Health’s awareness.

  • Carol

    Sent an e-mail.

  • eastedie33510

    Shut this butcher down!