Brigham’s Revocation Puts 7 Dangerous New Jersey Abortion Facilities In Limbo

By Cheryl Sullenger

Voorhees, NJ – Since the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners voted to revoke Steven Chase Brigham’s last remaining medical license on October 8, 2014, the fate of his seven New Jersey abortion facilities remains uncertain.

Suspicious activity was noted at one of his American Women’s Services facility in Phillipsburg the day following news of Brigham’s license revocation. That facility continued operations with locked doors, drawn shutters, and office lights out, as if the staff did not want anyone to know it was open. Women who arrived for appointments at the clinic were forced wait in a dirty, trash-strewn entryway until staff members could quickly usher the inside, only to lock the door again behind them.

In New Jersey, only licensed providers are allowed to operate medical facilities. Now that Brigham has no valid medical license, he should have 90 days to divest himself of the abortion business or shut them down.

“It seems obvious that Brigham’s employees were acting as if they were doing something improper and trying to hide it,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This kind of deceptive behavior and devious practices has characterized Brigham’s entire abortion career. It is worrisome that women continue to be subjected to risk at his chain of seventeen abortion facilities that remain open in at least four states. They should all be shut down immediately.”

Brigham’s abortion facilities are known to be among the worst in the nation, operating – often illegally — out of run-down facilities that attempt to fly under what little regulatory radar there might be. Even pro-abortion organizations like the National Abortion Federation, which has its safety issues, want him shut down.

The Phillipsburg clinic is a case in point for closure. Aside from the squalor, abortionist Vikram Kaji is on record oas the facility’s medical director. Kaji pled guilty to sexually assaulting at least three of his female patients, resulting in the revocation of his New York medical license and discipline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

On May 24, 2013, a New Jersey Consent Order filed against Kaji notes that he failed to properly discharge his duties as medical director five out of seven of Brigham’s New Jersey abortion clinics, where numerous health and safety violations were discovered.

The order also notes that Kaji recently suffered a stroke where he suffered visible mental and physical impairment. Yet, despite all this, Kaji continues to conduct abortions for Brigham.

“Convicted sex offender Vikram Kaji is an integral part of Brigham’s abortion business in New Jersey, serving as Medical Director at several of his locations. That fact alone should be enough to shut down Brigham’s sleazy abortion operations,” said Newman. “Neither Kaji nor Brigham are fit to be left in a room with women, much less practice medicine.”

Brigham continues to operate seven known locations in New Jersey, which should be closing once the paperwork from his revocation is finally completed and the closing process is begun — if he does not attempt another scam.

“I wouldn’t doubt it if he tried to transfer ownership to his dog in order to keep profiting from his seedy abortion mills,” said Newman. “Something like that would be typical of his past behavior.”

American Women’s Services in Voorhees is Brigham’s flagship clinic and home base for his numerous business corporations that he uses to confuse authorities and conceal his ownership of abortion facilities in other states. He been caught running illegal late-term abortion operations out of this clinic that are completed in neighboring states.

Other New Jersey facilities include:

Associates in ObGyn in Elizabeth, whose abortionist Franz Denis holds no hospital privileges.
Abortion Center of Englewood, also known as American Women’s Services in Englewood, whose abortionist, Elliot Gellman, who was convicted of tax evasion in New York in 2002.
Princeton Women’s Services, aka American Women’s Services in Hamilton, whose abortionist Warren I. Taylor also flies to Florida to conduct abortions at Brigham’s Pensacola facility. Convicted sex offender Vikram Kaji serves as medical director.
American Women’s Services in Phillipsburg, which also employs Kaji as medical director.
American Women’s Services in Tom’s River, where Kaji also serves as medical director.
American Women’s Services in Woodbridge, where Kaji serves as medical director. Gellman and Taylor have also been seen there.

So bad is Brigham’s nefarious abortion operation that in July, 2010, he was ordered to shut down all his Pennsylvania abortion facilities and told never to operate in that state again. Yet, last year, he was found to be violating that order by operating an illicit abortion clinic in Philadelphia. The State ordered it to shut down soon after it was reported by staff from another area abortion facility that had heard horror stories from women who had been there.

In August, 2010, Maryland issued a cease and desist order to Brigham, who had been caught running an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme out of a clandestine office in Elkton, Maryland. The clinic was intentionally kept secret to cover up the fact that Brigham had no license to practice in that state. The four abortion clinics he operated openly in Maryland were ordered to close by the State after repeated safety violations were discovered, along with the death of abortion patient Maria Santiago at his Baltimore facility that was operated out of a residential condominium.

In New Jersey, a judge once ordered him to stop advertising his abortions as “safe” and “painless.”

But that’s not all.

Brigham spent 180 days in jail for billing fraud in New York, which later revoked his medical license after it was discovered that he was operating an illegal bi-state abortion business of the same nature as the illicit operation he ran in Elkton.

Florida also revoked his license, yet Brigham continues to run an abortion business in Pensacola, Florida, that operates out of a non-descript metal garage-type structure that is rumored to also cut corners on women’s safety.

“Currently, his license revocation in New Jersey has yet to be put into writing. Once it is, we plan to take action to ensure that Brigham is shut down in New Jersey and all other states where he is operating,” said Newman. “Frankly, it’s shocking that he is still in business.”

In addition to New Jersey, Brigham runs abortion businesses in Delaware, Virginia, and Florida.

Virginia Excuses Troubled Brigham Abortion Mill, 6 Others from Meeting Safety Laws

By Cheryl Sullenger

Virginia Beach, VA – A troubled abortion facility whose owner is so disreputable that even the head of the National Abortion Federation thinks he should be shut down, has been granted a variance by the Virginia Health Department allowing it to avoid compliance with new minimum facility safety standards.

In fact, the owner of Virginia Women’s Wellness, the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, lost his last medical license last week when the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners voted to revoke his license due to a pattern of deception and dangerous, abusive practices that have characterized his 30-year abortion career.

Now, because New Jersey does not allow unlicensed practitioners to operate medical facilities, Brigham has 90 days to divest himself of ownership in the eight abortion facilities he operates in New Jersey or shut them down.

Brigham was previously ordered never again have anything to do with abortion facilities in Pennsylvania after he continued to operate substandard facilities long after that that state revoked his medical license. Last year, the state of Maryland shut down his four abortion offices in that state after discovering a slew of violations that endangered patients, including the death of Maria Santiago at his seedy abortion mill that was run out of a residential condo complex. Brigham’s New York medical license was revoked in 1994 and Florida followed suit in 1996.

“If Brigham is unfit to operate abortion facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, he certainly isn’t fit to operate in Virginia or any other state,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which has worked for over ten years to expose Brigham’s abortion abuses and bring him to justice. “Yet, Virginia’s current radical pro-abortion administration is not only allowing Brigham’s two abortion clinics stay open in that state, but has issued one of them a variance that excuses it from complying with minimum safety standards. It’s just unbelievable that state authorities could be that irresponsible with women’s lives.”

All this comes as Virginia pro-life groups are expressing outrage over a letter from Attorney General Mark R. Herring to Dr. Marissa J. Levine, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, stating the opinion that abortion facilities need not report suspected sexual abuse to child welfare or law enforcement officials when girls as young as 13 are brought to the clinics for abortions.

In addition to undermining reporting laws that once offered a layer of safety to underage girls who are the subjects of abuse, Levine has been busy undermining safety rules put in place at abortion facilities that were meant to protect women from substandard and dangerous abortion practices.

On August 1, Levine issued the variances to Brigham’s Virginia Women’s Wellness and six other abortion businesses, exempting them from compliance with facility requirements that include having hallways wide enough to accommodate gurneys in the very likely event of a medical emergency. The clinics – none of which possess stellar safety records – have until April 30, 2015, to comply.

During each of the three inspections conducted at that facility since May, 2012, numerous health and safety violations were repeatedly discovered. In fact, during the most recent licensing inspection conducted at Virginia Women’s Wellness on March 19, 2014, 33 pages of violations were discovered – many of which were repeat offenses.

Violations found at Brigham’s Virginia Women’s Wellness include:

• Failure to disclose facility ownership.
• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on employees.
• Failure to provide patients with contact information where complaints may be filed.
• Improper handling and cleaning/sterilizing of dirty surgical equipment.
• Failure to change gloves between handling a “dirty” suction machine jar containing bloody aborted baby remains and handling a clean one.
• Four out of five recovery room recliners were noticeably dirty and broken.
• Tears were found in patient examination tables.
• Failure to properly maintain patient monitoring equipment.
• Failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for administration of controlled substances.
• Failure to ensure that injectable drugs were mixed and labeled in accordance with regulations.
• Failure to develop a required quality assurance program.
• In 13 of 13 abortion records inspected, all patient records failed to note specific drugs administered in the local anesthetic.
• Shoddy record-keeping is multiple areas.
• Failure to track complaints.
• Leaky ceiling and hallway strewn with trash.
• Water damage and mold in the walls.
• Failure to provide patients with prescription pain medications.
• Improper infection control practices.
• Lack of glove-wearing.
• General dirt in the procedure rooms.
• Improper drug handling.
• No written discharge criteria.
• Tears on the procedure table.

“It makes no sense whatsoever to allow a facility whose safety deficiencies are actually endangering women to be further excused from upgrading their facility to meet minimum safety standards. But we are not talking about common sense. We are talking about abortion politics, and that accounts for the lack of concern for the lives and health of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Virginia’s Gov. Terry McAlliuff, a Democrat with a radical pro-abortion agenda for whom Levine works, has vowed to repeal Virginia’s abortion clinic standards – a move that will keep the likes of Steven Brigham and other dangerous abortion providers in business despite the deplorable conditions and shoddy practices.

In fact, Virginia’s Department of Health has recently added to their website guidelines that encourage and assist abortion facilities in applying for variances.

“McAlliuff has created a political climate that protects abortion businesses even if they are proven to hurt women. This is the same kind of political obstructionism that was strongly denounced in a scathing Philadelphia grand jury report as having allowed now-convicted murder Kermit Gosnell to flourish at his Philadelphia ‘House of Horrors.’ These people will protect abortion businesses at any cost, including women’s lives,” said Newman.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams recommended that employees that ignored complaints and horrific conditions at Gosnell’s abortion facility should be fired. Not having learned from tragedy in Pennsylvania, Virginia authorities are now engaged in covering up for their troubled abortionists.

But Virginia authorities cannot plead ignorance. Dangerous conditions at Virginia abortion facilities are well known. The six other clinics that have been granted variances are little better than Brigham’s seedy operation.

When A Capital Women’s Health was last inspected in July, 2012, 16 pages of violations were discovered, including workers who neglected to wash their hands. [Variance]

Amethyst Health Center for Women was inspected in June and December of 2012, where a total of 30 pages of deficiencies were found, including serious infection control violations that went uncorrected for months. [Variance]

The Falls Church Center of PPMW was last inspected in June 2012. Inspectors discovered a poorly maintained office and 10 pages of violations, including torn abortion tables that made sanitation between patients impossible. [Variance]

During two inspections of the Richmond Center for Women, conducted in May 2012 and March 2013, a total of 39 pages of violations were recorded, including dried blood on rusty abortion tables and recovery room recliners. [Variance]

Peninsula Medical Center for Women was last inspected in May, 2012, during which 31 pages of violations were discovered, including a dangerously ill-maintained suction machine used every day for abortions. [Variance]

Roanoke Medical Center for Women was inspected in July 2012, and in February and March of 2013. Sixty-six total pages of deficiencies were discovered, including cross contamination violations and the inability to disinfect items between patients. [Variance]

More abortion clinics have applied for variances, including Brigham’s Virginia Health Group in Fairfax.

A full eye-opening report on Virginia facilities that have sought variances was published by Operation Rescue on September 16, 2014, showed a shocking lack of compliance and a disturbing unwillingness to correct violations.

“Commissioner Levine has displayed scandalously bad judgment by issuing variances to Virginia abortion facilities that all have a record of substandard and dangerous conditions and practices,” said Newman. “We urge the public to speak out and demand that abortion facilities in Virginia comply with the safety laws as written before some unfortunate woman ends up on a slab in the morgue.”

TAKE ACTION!

Please contact Levine’s Director of the Office of Licensure and Certification and demand that variances issued to Virginia abortion facilities be rescinded immediately in the interest of public safety.

Erik Bodin
Office of Licensure and Certification
Voice: 804-367-2102
E-mail: Erik.Bodin@vdh.virginia.gov

Worst Abortionist in America’s Disciplinary Decision Could Take Days

UPDATE: This evening the New Jersey Board of Physicians officially revoked Steven Chase Brigham’s medical license and ordered him to pay fines totaling $150,000. He could be ordered later to pay an estimated $500,000 in court costs. More details coming soon.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Trenton, NJ – After Kermit Gosnell, he’s been called the “worst abortionist in America.”

This morning, the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham faced the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners at a hearing that will eventually decide whether or not his last remaining medical license will be revoked.

A woman answering the phone at the Board’s offices today told Operation Rescue that it could take “a few days” for the Board to come to a decision after today’s hearing.

“Given this man’s horrific track record, anything less than revocation is unthinkable, and would only continue to put the lives of women in jeopardy,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Brigham has been accused of practicing medicine without a license in Maryland during a bi-state late-term abortion scheme he ran to avoid abortion limits in his home state of New Jersey. His nefarious practices were discovered in 2010 when he and his associate, abortionist Nicola Riley, severely botched a late-term abortion on an 18-year old patient, rupturing her uterus and pulling out part of her bowel. The majority of the baby’s body was thrust into the patient’s abdominal cavity. Brigham drove the injured patient to a nearby hospital emergency room, where his suspicious behavior prompted hospital staff to call the police.

The patient was air-lifted to a Baltimore hospital where emergency surgery was required to save her life.

Police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30 late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. In December, 2010, Brigham and Riley were arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of 11 babies who were killed during illegal abortions. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.

Nicola Riley’s Maryland medical license was revoked last year citing fraudulent and deceptive behavior.

Last October, Administrative Judge Jeff Masin heard testimony in Brigham’s disciplinary case and recommended in August that Brigham should have his last remaining medical license revoked and pay a fine of $30,000 along with other costs. Masin ruled that Brigham had engaged in a pattern of deception, engaged in illegal late-term abortions, and operated in Maryland without being licensed in that state.

Brigham has battled legal issues throughout his entire career, having had his licenses revoked in New York and Florida. He surrendered this Pennsylvania license under pressure and was ordered to never hold ownership of an abortion facility in that state again – an order he violated last year by opening an abortion facility in Philadelphia, which was soon closed by the state after pro-life activists complained.

Brigham’s abortion facilities in Maryland were also closed by the state after dangerous practices were repeatedly found, including a patient death at one of his offices he ran out of a residential condominium complex.

Despite the orders, Brigham continues to troll for abortion customers in those states. The phones for his defunct clinics still ring into his American Women’s Services central appointment line.

According to New Jersey law, unlicensed practitioners are not allowed to hold ownership in medical facilities in that state, so if Brigham’s license is finally revoked, he should be ordered to shut down his eight abortion offices in New Jersey.
It is believed that Brigham currently operates 17 abortion facilities in at least four states. Because he has been run out of one state after another, he has taken to the practice of attempting to conceal his ownership of abortion centers, five of which are so far under the radar that their whereabouts are currently unknown.

Whatever the New Jersey Board decides, it is not expected to affect the remaining abortion facilities he continues to own in Virginia, Delaware, and Florida.

“Steven Brigham is the kind of man that is not affected by traditional discipline. We strongly believe that jailing him is the only way to stop him from operating illegally and secretly, as he has done his entire career,” said Newman. “However, license revocation will ensure that he cannot ever practice again, and if he does, his old jail cell awaits him.”

Read the heavily documented story, “Botched Abortion Nightmare” to learn more about Brigham.