Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Trenton, NJ – A complaint filed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office alleges that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham continues to illegally operate seven abortion facilities in New Jersey, having never actually transferred ownership to his long-time associate, abortionist Vikram H. Kaji.

A complaint was filed by the Attorney General’s office on June 16, 2015. It charged Kaji with fraud for claiming he had taken over ownership of Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses after Brigham’s medical license was revoked last year for operating an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme that resulted in a horrifically botched abortion on an 18-year old girl.

brigham-kajiWithout a medical license, Brigham is prohibited from maintaining ownership in any medical facility in New Jersey. However, when an investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs showed up at the abortion clinic in Hamilton unannounced, on April 22, Kaji denied he owned the abortion clinic chain. Kaji was later questioned.

A report on NJ.com explains what happened:

During a closed-door hearing of a committee of the board on May 5, Kaji “repeatedly testified under oath that he was not the owner,” according to the complaint filed June 16 by Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant.

“He expressly testified that ‘there is no other person around, (Brigham’s) the only one who runs the show,” according to the complaint obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Kaji’s “ownership of American Healthcare Services is a sham transfer and thus constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense,” according to the complaint, which asked the board to suspend or revoke his medical license.

Operation Rescue had submitted a letter of complaint to Deputy Attorney General Warhaftig on April 17 detailing and documenting concerns that Brigham never actually transferred ownership to Kaji. The letter pointed out that Brigham had a pattern of concealing ownership in his clinics.

“Because Brigham continues to illegally operate his chain of abortion clinics in New Jersey, they should all be immediately shut down and Brigham should be criminally charged,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Brigham has made a career of deceiving the public and authorities in several states about his shoddy abortion businesses. It’s time for New Jersey authorities to see through this flim-flam man and end his notorious criminal enterprise with a long period of incarceration.”

The NJ.com report further noted that Consumer Affairs spokesman Neal Buccino would not confirm or deny whether a new case against Brigham had been opened.

Operation Rescue also complained publicly that any transfer to Kaji should be nullified since he was an admitted sex abuser and had a long history of Board discipline.

Kaji was convicted by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in 1993 for having improper sexual contact with three patients. Kaji reportedly had sex with one young girl at his office during business hours and later plied her with drugs. He knew his victim was vulnerable to his advances because she had been a depressed victim of child sex abuse with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. Kaji admitted that he had made an error in moral judgment.

Kaji was also accused of giving improper breast and rectal exams to two other women.

The NJBME placed Kaji on a 1-year suspension and fined him $5,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological counseling.

Kaji also recently suffered a stroke that impaired his memory and vision, raising questions about his ability to continue practicing.

“We appreciate the work of the Attorney General’s office in seeing this case through. Brigham and Kaji are among the worst abortionists in America and their pattern of deception shows they cannot be trusted to follow the law, much less with the lives of women,” said Newman.

Brigham’s abortion empire consists of at least 17 abortion facilities located in New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware — and perhaps secretly elsewhere — but only Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses are affected. Those New Jersey abortion facilities that operate under Brigham’s American Women’s Services banner are located in Elizabeth, Mt. Laurel, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Hamilton, Woodbridge and Voorhees.

  • Read Operation Rescue’s Complaint Regarding Ownership Transfer (includes links to Exhibits)
  • Read OR’s Report: Brigham Transfers New Jersey Abortion Clinics to Confirmed Sex Abuser
  • Read OR’s Special Report about Brigham’s illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme.
  • Abortionist with Violent Criminal Conviction Reprimanded in Michigan on Drug Violations

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Lansing, MI — Abortionist Martin Ruddock has been fined by the Michigan Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy and fined a total of $1,500 for administering sedation to abortion patients without a valid Drug Enforcement Agency license. The Board of Pharmacy also issued a formal Reprimand.

    In addition, Ruddock admitted that he pre-signed non-controlled prescription pads, a practice that is prohibited, but told the Board of Medicine that he discontinued the practice once he came under investigation for improper drug practices in Michigan.

    The offenses stemmed from conduct during his employment at the Scotsdale Women’s Center in Detriot, Michigan during September 24 through October 16, 2013. There, he conducted abortions using sedation on women even though he had no authority to administer the drugs.

    Pro-life activists who discovered his failure to obtain the proper DEA licenses filed the original complaint that has now resulted in discipline and fines.

    “Whenever an abortionist is disciplined, it puts his bad conduct on the record and further documents the cavalier relationship that abortionists have with the law. Anytime they can play fast and loose, they will. Ruddock is a prime example of that,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue.

    While this discipline amounts to hardly more than a slap on the wrist, it is just the latest in Ruddock’s long history of sloppy abortion practices and even criminal conduct.

    Ruddock was a well-established abortionist in Cleveland, Ohio, before being forced to shut down his abortion business in 2013 when he could not meet state clinic licensing standards. Since then, he has been operating in the neighboring state of Michigan.

    Ruddock’s Ohio abortion business was continually in hot water with regulators.

    His clinic was temporarily closed in 2006, after Ohio Department of Health inspectors discovered that the clinic was not meeting even the most rudimentary of medical standards, such as taking a patient’s temperature and blood pressure before risky late-term abortion surgeries.

    In September 2012, Ruddock appeared outside his abortion clinic during a medical emergency wearing what appeared to be a butcher’s apron. He was overseeing the transfer from his abortion clinic to an awaiting ambulance of a 26-year old second-trimester abortion patient suffering from a high fever and disorientation. A recording of the 911 call placed by Ruddock revealed his rude treatment of the dispatcher who was trying to assist him.

    Five weeks later, an ambulance transported a 30-year old woman suffering lacerations and heavy bleeding after Ruddock botched her abortion at 22 weeks. A 911 call recording obtained by Operation Rescue indicated she was “bleeding bad” and passing large blood clots larger than a 50 cent piece.

    In 2011, Ruddock was sued by a former patient after he refused to stop a painfully inserting laminaria in preparation for a second trimester abortion. Her suit claims Ruddock violated Ohio’s informed consent and 24-hour waiting period then lied to her when he told her he could not stop the abortion because her amniotic fluid sack had been broken. She immediately sought care with a legitimate physician who removed the laminaria and informed her that there was no break in her amniotic fluid sack. In due time, she delivered a healthy baby.

    Ruddock also has a criminal record. In a March 20, 2000, letter to the Ohio Medical Board, Ruddock admitted to his 1998 arrest on assault charges after he was involved in a road rage incident.

    According to Ruddock’s side of the story, he became upset when the windshield of his private vehicle was broken by an unknown individual. Angry, Ruddock began to drive his vehicle to a car dealership for repairs when he became involved in an altercation with random motorist driving a van. According to Ruddock, who attempted to argue that he was acting out of fear, jumped out of his car, confronted a passenger then proceeded to smash one of the van’s windows.

    He pled guilty to 5th degree misdemeanor assault, was placed on one-year of probation and ordered to pay restitution.

    “No staff member or patient is aware of this event,” Ruddock stated as he attempted to portray himself in the most positive light possible. He continued to make excuses for his violent behavior while throwing himself on the mercy of the Board in an attempt to keep his medical license.

    “Patients need to be aware of Ruddock’s bad temper, violent behavior, rudeness and sloppy abortion practices, understanding that they could be his next victim,” said Newman. “When you look at Ruddock’s background as a whole, it paints a grim picture of an unpleasant man that is prone to carelessness that places others at risk in his professional and personal lives. In my opinion, he is a dangerous person who should not be allowed to practice medicine at all.”

    Read Board of Medicine Consent Order

    Read Board of Pharmacy Consent Order
    View extensive documentation of these and other misdeeds on Ruddock’s prolife page at AbortionDocs.org.

    SPLIT: Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law with 5-4 Vote

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Washington, DC – Late Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a brief two-paragraph statement blocking enforcement of two provisions of a 2013 Texas abortion law until the Court can decide if it will hear the case.

    The statement, issued by Justice Antonin Scalia, noted that the decision to issue the temporary stay was a 5-4 vote, with himself, Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Clarence Thomas voting to deny the stay.

    The ruling means that enforcement of facility safety regulations and a requirement that abortionists maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their facilities that was supposed to begin on July 1, will be further delayed.

    This will allow six of the remaining sixteen Texas abortion facilities to stay open that have failed to comply with the Texas abortion law, known as HB2.*

    “We are disappointed in the split decision to keep dangerous abortion facilities open when it is a proven fact that they cannot comply with common-sense safety laws. This places women in unnecessary jeopardy, especially when complications to abortions arise as they do so often,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “However, as hard as it is to see babies die unnecessarily while their mothers are exploited due to this stay, we are confident that the Court will ultimately uphold the Texas abortion law.”

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    A study published in July, 2014, revealed that after portions of HB2 went into effect in 2013, abortions dropped an impressive 13% the following year.

    “When abortion clinics close, lives are saved,” said Newman.

    Abortion businesses are now seeking ways to exploit the Supreme Court stay to reopen several abortion clinics that were previously closed.

    “We may have gotten more than we even asked for,” Amy Hagstrom Miller told ABC News. Hagstrom Miller, who operates the Whole Woman’s Health abortion chain based in Texas, is exploring ways to reopen her shuttered clinics in Austin and Beaumont, although she admits that action might not be feasible for financial reasons, especially since the Court’s stay is only temporary.

    “Abortionists are forever seeking to exploit loopholes or read things into laws and rulings that aren’t there so they can keep their grisly killing operations raking in the money,” said Newman. “This stay only maintains the current status quo in Texas. It does not roll back anything that has already gone into effect.”

    The Supreme Court has now begun its summer recess. No further action is expected until fall at the earliest when the Court is expected to decide whether to hear the case. If the Court declines to hear it, the stay would be automatically vacated and the clinics that are in non-compliance would be forced to immediately close.

    If the Court opts to hear the case, the clinics would be allowed to stay open pending a final ruling from the Court.

    Read the Ruling
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    *Note: Mainstream media outlets are reporting that there are 19 remaining abortion facilities in Texas, but this number is in error. Operation Rescue’s numbers are accurate and a listing of Texas abortion clinics can be viewed at AbortionDocs.org.