License Revocation Recommended for Brigham; Could Close 8 NJ Abortion Centers

Brigham’s nine other abortion facilities in Virginia, Florida, and a new one just uncovered in Delaware would not be affected by revocation of his medical license

By Cheryl Sullenger

Voorhees, NJ – Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin has recommended that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham should have his last remaining medical license revoked and pay a fine of $30,000 along with other costs after hearing evidence that Brigham engaged in a pattern of deception, engaged in illegal late-term abortions, and operated in Maryland without being licensed in that state.

“A measure of justice may finally be coming to Brigham, who has learned from over 30 years of legal trouble very creative ways to circumvent laws that are meant to protect women from scofflaws of his ilk,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is our position, however, that Brigham is a habitual offender whose behavior cannot be amended through traditional discipline. We believe the only way to stop him from victimizing more women and their babies is to put him in prison. Until then, he will continue to find ways to run amok over the lives and health of women in other states.”

Judge Masin stated in his 86-page decision, “He has suffered license revocations. He has run afoul of the licensing authorities in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has a conviction for failure to file income taxes. And here, he has demonstrated a willingness to play fast and loose with the law in Maryland.”

Masin when on to say, “. . .However, it seems that Dr. Brigham has finally cut enough corners.”

The final decision will be made by the New Jersey Board of Physicians. If they vote to revoke Brigham’s license as recommended, he would be forced to shut down his eight New Jersey abortion facilities operating under the American Women’s Services banner since New Jersey law requires that only licensed providers can operate medical clinics.

However, Brigham’s nine other abortion facilities in Virginia, Florida, and most recently in Delaware would not be affected by revocation of his New Jersey medical license because they allow non-licensees to own abortion facilities.

Brigham sets up in Delaware

Operation Rescue confirmed this week that Brigham is secretly attempting to expand his abortion chain and recently opened an abortion facility in Wilmington, Delaware, called Premiere Ob/Gyn. A receptionist answering calls at that facility told an under-cover caller from Operation Rescue that it is part of a 17-clinic chain that included Brigham’s well-known New Jersey facilities.

Operation Rescue also suspects that he could be operating other illicit abortion facilities in other states and is concealing his ownership from authorities, as he is doing in Delaware, and attempted to do last year in Pennsylvania.

“Brigham’s secret expansion of his substandard, seedy abortion business must be stopped. It is up to the authorities in each state to take steps to shut him down in order to protect the public from his unscrupulous, corners-cutting operation that endangers the lives of women,” said Newman.

Horrific botched abortion draws police attention

The New Jersey disciplinary case stems from a 2010 incident that involved a bi-state scheme to conduct late-term abortions. Brigham’s New Jersey facilities were legally limited to abortions under 14 weeks. New Jersey law does allow for later abortions as long as they are done in a hospital setting, but Brigham holds no hospital privileges.

Instead, he concocted an elaborate bi-state abortion scheme to circumvent New Jersey abortion laws.

Brigham’s scheme involved initiating late-term abortions at his flagship abortion center in Voorhees, New Jersey. He would later caravan his abortion patients if full labor to Elkton, Maryland, where the abortions would be completed. Brigham held no medical license in Maryland.

Brigham’s scheme became public after he and his associate, Utah abortionist Nicola Riley, botched a late-term abortion so badly on an 18-year old patient at an under-the-radar abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, that she required emergency surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to save her life. Due to the suspicious behavior of Brigham and Riley when they delivered the injured woman to the emergency room, physicians in Elkton and her surgeon on Baltimore reported the incident to the police and medical board respectively.

Brigham’s Elkton facility was raided by police, who discovered a blood-smeared freezer that contained the bodies of 35 late-term babies. Brigham and Riley were arrested and charged with murder, but the charges were later dropped after an expert witness that would have testified that the babies died in Maryland dropped out of the case.

Dispute over illegal abortion jurisdiction

The prosecution argued that because drugs were administered in New Jersey that caused fetal demise of babies well beyond the legal limit, that Brigham was engaged in illegal late-term abortions in that state. However, the judge did not agree and said that the abortions were illegal because the surgical portion of the abortion was done in Maryland where Brigham was not licensed.

“Victim” status

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 again 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 continually argued that he was the victim of anti-abortion persecution, however, Deputy Attorney General Jeri Waraftig, who prosecuted Brigham twice in her career, noted in legal papers that, “His desire to create a [victim] persona . . . has blinded him to his lack of qualifications.”

“Brigham’s own pattern of dishonesty, deception, and incompetence have been the true source of all his problems. His refusal to take responsibility for his actions proves that he will continue to pose a danger to the public as long as he is allowed to participate in any way in the abortion business. We appreciate the steps New Jersey prosecutors have taken to put an end to his horrific practices, however, like a cockroach that runs for cover at the switching on of a light, Brigham will only scurry off to the next jurisdiction and continue to defy the law. I recommend that prosecutors find a way to criminally charge him, or his reign of mayhem will never end.”

Two Brigham-Owned Abortion Facilities Seek Exemption from Virginia Regulations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Virginia Beach, VA — As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe engages in an effort to scrap abortion clinic safety standards, two abortion facilities owned by the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham are seeking variances that would exempt them from complying with much of the law.

Virginia Women’s Wellness in Virginia Beach and Virginia Health Group, also known as American Women’s Center, in Fairfax, Virginia, admit that they are unable to comply with facility standards even though they were allowed two years to come into compliance with a 2012 emergency law that became permanent in 2013. Both have made applications to the Virginia Board of Health for variances that would exclude them from either having to make facility changes or move.

Brigham has had licenses revoked in six states and currently awaits word from the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners whether his last license in that state will also be revoked.

If Brigham’s facilities cannot comply by late 2014, they would be forced to close. It is believed that eleven other abortion facilities also cannot comply with the facility requirements by the time the grace period expires.

Since his election last year, Gov. McAuliffe has appointed five new members of the Health Board in an effort to pack the Board with abortion supporters that would ensure that the abortion facility safety regulations are repealed.

“Issuing a variance to abortion clinics owned by one of the most dangerous abortionists in the nation is a very bad idea, and repealing the safety standards is an even worse one,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Brigham has a long history of flouting the law and endangering women with his seedy and deceptive business practices. If left to their own devices and without any accountability for maintaining appropriate standards, abortion facilities can only be counted on to sink to the lowest of patient care standards that places the lives and health of women at risk.”

In 2010, Brigham and his associate, abortionist Nicola Riley of Utah, came to the attention of Cecil County prosecutors in Maryland after the two seriously botched a late-term abortion on a woman who required emergency surgery to save her life. Hospital staff alerted police after the pair exhibited suspicious behavior when they hastily dropped their injured patient off at the emergency room.

Brigham and Riley were arrested and jailed on murder charges after an investigation showed that at least 35 late-term, viable babies were aborted illegally by him in Maryland, where he has never held a medical license. Because practicing medicine without a license is a crime, a Maryland law kicked in that allows for murder charges in the event a viable baby is killed during the commission of a crime.

While the criminal charges were later dropped, Riley’s Maryland medical license was revoked and revocation proceedings were initiated against Brigham in his home state of New Jersey.

Due to his deceptive and dangerous practices, Brigham was ordered to have no part in abortions businesses in Pennsylvania. In Maryland, all four of his licensed abortion facilities were ordered to close last year after authorities discovered that a patient had died and that drugs were administered incorrectly, creating a danger to the public.

Brigham also served time in prison in 1998 for billing fraud and has been in and out of court with suits filed by creditors for unpaid bills. Records indicate he was involved in bankruptcy proceedings in Connecticut in 2000.

Both of Brigham’s Virginia facilities have been cited for multiple safety violations that reflect a gross disregard for their patients.

At Virginia Women’s Wellness in Virginia Beach, some of the violations 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.
• Facility failed to meet building standards.

At Virginia Heath Group in Fairfax, some of the violations include:

• Failure to provide patients with contact information where complaints may be filed.
• Failure to verify licensing or certification of health care professionals.
• Failure to clean reusable medical equipment between patients.
• Tears were found in patient examination tables.
• Failure to maintain other infection control protocols.
• Expired medications.
• Mishandled and improperly stored medications.
• Failure to note patient’s condition upon discharge in patient record.
• Failure to maintain adequate medical records with additional omissions of information.
• Facility failed to meet building standards.

“Many of the violations had to do with cutting corners on women’s health, and are reminiscent of the conditions found in Kermit Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ in Philadelphia,” said Newman. “Because Brigham has demonstrated an unwillingness to comply with medical standards and other laws in a number of states over the past three decades, there is no reason to think that he will ever comply with Virginia’s abortion safety regulations. Based on his horrific record of abortion abuses, we urge the Virginia State Board of Health to reject the two facilities’ requests for variances and allow them to shut down when the grace period expires later this year.”

Suicide of Former Brigham Associate Highlights Mental Illness Inside the Abortion Cartel

By Cheryl Sullenger

Baltimore, MD — The tragic suicide of a woman once associated with the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham and his “secret” late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, has helped to shed light on how high employee turn-over at abortion clinics make them magnets for desperate workers with mental health and addiction issues who may find it difficult to obtain employment elsewhere.

Kimberly Marion Walker’s mental illness began to manifest in 2005, three years after graduating from medical school at Drexel University and during her residency at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Jersey. The New Jersey Professional assistance program diagnosed her with “cannabis dependence and possible paranoid delusions.”

Certainly Walker is not alone among abortion clinics workers who experience drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. The issue drew attention during the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, when at least three of his former employees testified that they suffered from various mental illnesses in conjunction with substance addiction.

“Our research shows that abortion clinics across America have often employed those with known mental health and substance abuse issues. This poses a danger to women that is a matter that needs greater attention from oversight authorities in order to protect the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Walker’s tragic life is a case in point.”

After her diagnosis, Walker voluntarily entered an inpatient treatment program where doctors found that her paranoia led her to believe that “people were following her and attempting to harm her.” She was suicidal. During her treatment, she was diagnosed with a mood disorder, prescribed medication for that condition only, and released.

But without the anti-psychotic drugs she apparently needed, her condition only worsened.

On October 26, 2006, during her leave of absence from a residency program during which she sought treatment for her mental illness, Walker walked into St. Peter’s Hospital, pointed a loaded handgun at a security guard, and fired repeatedly.

Miraculously, the gun failed to discharge and no one was hurt, but Walker was arrested and stood trial for attempted murder. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was admitted into the Ann Klein Forensic Center where her delusions, such as thinking the radio and television were speaking directly to her, continued to manifest. She was even wrongly convinced that she had murdered her boyfriend.

Three mental health evaluations conducted after her arrest produced three different — but all very serious — diagnoses, according to records obtained by Operation Rescue from the Maryland Board of Physicians. Those diagnoses were: Bipolar, Type II with Psychotic Features; Schizoaffective, Bipolar Type; and Schizoaffective, Bipolar Type with a differential diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type.

She was treated and prescribed an anti-psychotic drug that seemed to stabilize her condition by 2008. However, when Walker would reduce her medication dosage on her own, her symptoms would return.

Now living on her own and working part-time jobs, Walker began to believe that her medication was the cause of her mental health issues. She reduced her medication dosage and finally stopped taking it altogether on July 8, 2009.

A week later, she applied for a medical license in the State of Maryland.

Unsurprisingly, Walker’s symptoms returned. It was during this time, in July or August of 2009, that she first met Steven Chase Brigham through a “help wanted” ad on his website. She submitted her Curriculum Vitae online and was soon contacted by Brigham. He indicated he wanted to hire her as soon as her medical license was approved and offered to train her to do abortions.

In September, 2009, anticipating that a medical evaluation was a requirement of licensure, Walker resumed taking her anti-psychotic medication.

The medical license application process took longer than anticipated, so in January, 2010, Brigham brought Walker into his Elkton facility three to four times per month apparently for the purpose of “observing” abortion procedures.

In another parallel to the Gosnell case, Walker later told Board investigators that Brigham’s abortion clinic “nursing staff” appeared to be comprised of “foreign medical graduate[s]” with doctorates who were unlicensed, just as she was. Gosnell employed similar workers, such as Steven Massoff, who was an unlicensed graduate of a medical school in the Caribbean who could not obtain a legitimate residency in the U.S., and Eileen O’Neal, who was also a medical school graduate who held no valid medical license.

Like Gosnell, who paid his unlicensed “doctors” a shockingly low salary, Brigham paid Walker just $50 per session to cover “gas and tolls.”

Walker later told a Board of Physicians inquiry that she personally witnessed Brigham administering intravenous sedation and conducting at least 50 abortion procedures even though he has never been licensed to practice in Maryland. Those abortions, she said, were mostly second trimester abortions, with about 30 percent of “cases” consisting of abortions beyond 20 weeks gestation.

After “observing” Brigham for eight months, on August 2, 2010, Walker was informed that her medical license application was rejected due to her mental instability and the fact that she was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity. The Board determined that she posed a danger to the public, yet she continued to “observe” abortions at Brigham’s Elkton facility.

Walker was not present on August 9, 2010, when a patient known as D.B. suffered a perforated uterus and pulled bowel during a late-term abortion at the Elkton facility requiring emergency surgery to save her life. She was informed of the botched abortion incident by Brigham a few days later. He warned her that there would be in investigation and told her not to come in the following week because the Elkton clinic would be closed.

Indeed, there was an investigation. Hospital emergency room staff notified police of the suspicious behavior of Brigham and his associate, Nicola Riley, when they dropped their seriously injured patient at the hospital. This prompted the Elkton Police to raid of Brigham’s Elkton abortion clinic, where they seized records along with the bodies of 35 late-term aborted babies that had been stored in a bloody freezer. A Board of Physicians inquiry ensued.

Among those records seized by police was a patient log that indicated “Dr. Woaker,” referring to Kimberly Walker, had provided recovery care after abortions for patients at Elkton on August 4, 2010 – two days after her application for licensure had been rejected by the Maryland Board of Physicians.

Walker denied treating any patient and said did not know why her name was on the patient log, a denial that may or may not have been the truth since Brigham also falsely denied treating patients. She indicated that she never knew Brigham was unlicensed in Maryland, telling investigators that she just assumed that he was.

Since Brigham was not licensed, the abortions done in Elkton either by him or with his assistance were illegal. Both Brigham and Riley were later arrested on murder charges for aborting viable babies during the commission of a crime. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution unexpectedly backed out of the case.

One might expect that this episode would have been the end of Walker’s medical career, but surprisingly, despite her attempt to murder a hospital security guard, despite her serious mental illness, despite her history of not properly taking her medication, and despite her involvement with Brigham’s illegal late-term abortion business, the Maryland Board of Physicians issued Kimberly Walker a license to practice medicine on February 26, 2013.

But that license came with conditions. In a consent agreement, Walker had to promise to work under a mentoring physician, who had to file regular reports about Walker’s progress. She also had to submit to continued psychiatric treatment and comply with a prescribed medication regimen.

By October of 2013, it became obvious that Walker had failed to live up to the conditions the Board placed on her. She changed her medication and stopped attending appointments with her psychiatrist. She failed to undergo regular drug screening, and cancelled meeting with her case manager.

In further violation of her consent agreement, Walker entered into a contract for employment at an unspecified “medical clinic” and provided “patient services” without notifying the Board or gaining their approval.

Operation Rescue has reason to believe that this “medical clinic” was an abortion facility. One of her on-line physician profiles indicated that Walker’s practice was “focusing on women’s health as an OB-GYN” and that patients could expect a “full range of medical care.” Those phrases are often used by abortionists who do not want to openly admit that is what they are.

In light of at least ten consent agreement violations noted by the Board, Walker’s medical license was revoked for a period of two years. The revocation order was signed on December 30, 2013.

Two weeks later, Kimberly Marion Walker was found dead at the age of 36 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

An autopsy conducted on January 14, 2014, noted that a toxicology screening revealed that she had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of her suicide. Her mental illness had taken its final toll.

Ironically, Steven Brigham, who had been the cause of some of Walker’s legal issues, commented on her obituary guest book that her loss was a tragedy and that “she had so much to offer.”

It is hard to understand, given Walker’s history of serious mental illness and her lack of judgment displayed in her association with Steven Brigham, that the Maryland Board of Physicians would ever grant her a medical license in the first place. That act placed Walker’s patients at risk, especially in light of her propensity to frequently alter or ignore her medication regimen. In this case, the Board, whose duty it is to ensure that only competent medical providers are licensed, let the public down.

But the fact that Brigham had been so anxious to hire her, having known of her struggles with mental illness – in the same way Gosnell sought to hire workers that had mental health histories – should raise a red flag.

Abortion clinics are often desperate to maintain enough workers to keep their doors open. Even Walker told investigators that she observed “an influx of different nurses that worked in and out of that office.”

“The high employee turnover rate at abortion businesses makes them frantic for workers. Those like Walker and the women Gosnell employed are desperate for employment. That creates a ‘perfect storm’ that places those who are suffering from mental instability in abortion clinics around the country,” said Newman. “We know of many current and former abortion clinic workers who suffer from depression and other mental disorders that have found homes inside the abortion cartel. This creates a climate where women are placed at unacceptable risk.”

Operation Rescue’s research as shown that Walker and the Gosnell workers that suffered mental illnesses are not alone. Watch for Part Two of this report on mental illness inside the abortion cartel.

Source Documents:

  • MDBP Interview with Walker, Aug. 23, 2010
  • Walker MDBP Final Decision and Order, Feb. 13, 2013
  • Walker Revocation Order, Dec. 30, 2013
  • Walker Autopsy Report, Jan. 15, 2014
  • Walker Obituary