FDA Succumbs to Pro-Abortion Pressure by Dangerously Relaxing Abortion Pill Protocols

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Washington, DC — Operation Rescue has issued a statement expressing deep concern over the announcement that the FDA has capitulated to pro-abortion demands and altered the approved use of Mifeprex, (also known as Mifepristone or RU486), to come in line with off-label protocols used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.

The following statement is attributable to Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue:

The abortion pill is a huge cash cow for the Abortion Cartel, but the process of abortion using the abortion pill cocktail of two drugs, Mifeprex and Cytotec, is long, painful, bloody, and unpredictable for women and deadly for pre-born children.

Extending the upper recommended gestational limit from 49 to 70 days only ensures that the risk of incomplete abortion will be multiplied, as will the number of women visiting emergency rooms around the country suffering from partial or failed abortions.

Relaxing the usage protocols allows abortion businesses to step up their aggressive marketing of the drug to vulnerable pregnant women and plays into Planned Parenthood’s goal of selling the abortion drug at every one of their outlets, whether their facilities are equipped to cope with known abortion pill complications or not. This creates additional risks to women for the sake of Planned Parenthood’s increased profits.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri expanded sales of the abortion pill regimen to their Wichita office earlier this month, which is ill-equipped to treat incomplete abortions or other complications. Licensed physicians who will dispense the abortion drugs hold no local hospital privileges, leaving women to fend for themselves when expected complications arise.

The FDA should be more about protecting the public from exploitative and predatory uses of drugs rather than pandering to Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Cartel.

Operation Rescue, which is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, will hold a press conference to address further concerns about the use of abortion drugs, and outside of the Wichita Planned Parenthood office.

Press Conference Details:

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wichita Health Center Planned Parenthood
2226 E Central, Wichita, Kansas
Why: To express concerns about the FDA’s decision to pander to the Abortion Cartel, draw the public’s attention to dangerous abortion practices done by aging abortionists, and to pray for an end to abortion in Wichita and the rest of our nation.

Wichita Planned Parenthood Jacks Up Abortion Prices Less than Two Weeks After First Offering Them

Protest and Press Conference Set for Thursday, March 31 at Noon outside the Wichita Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – The Planned Parenthood facility in Wichita, Kansas has been selling abortion drugs for less than two weeks, and already they have increased the price they are charging for an abortion.

During a call placed to the Wichita facility on March 21, 2016, a Planned Parenthood representative notified the caller, “Full cost if you were to pay in full is $659, that’s if you have a positive blood type. If you’re negative, it’s $755.02.” When asked about the drugs used for abortions, she did not know how to pronounce either drug.

However, a different Planned Parenthood employee told a caller on March 29, that the cost for a medication abortion at the Wichita Planned Parenthood facility is $709 for a positive blood type and $815 for a negative blood type.

This latest pricing puts medication abortions at Wichita’s Planned Parenthood $152-258 above the national average cost of $557.

“With the Wichita Planned Parenthood located in a poor African-American neighborhood, that means it is poor women will be targeted for abortions at Beverly Hills prices,” said Newman. “This is predatory and exploitative pricing that preys on vulnerable poor women of color,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose national headquarters is just a few blocks the street from the Planned Parenthood office.

Operation Rescue will lead a noontime protest and press conference outside the Wichita Health Center Planned Parenthood on only its second abortion day since it first began selling abortions on March 17.

Protest and Press Conference Details:

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wichita Health Center Planned Parenthood
2226 E Central, Wichita, Kansas
Why: To draw the public’s attention to dangerous abortion practices done by aging abortionists and to pray for an end to abortion in Wichita.

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Operation Rescue has confirmed that aging abortionists who will be dispensing abortion pills in Wichita are Orrin Moore, 74, and Ronald Yeomans, 76. They will make the approximately three-hour drive to Wichita from the Kansas City area on a rotating basis every other week.

“The fact that Moore and Yeomans, neither of which have local hospital privileges, are three hours away means that they will not be around in the event of abortion complications, which are known to occur with medication abortions,” said Newman. “Women will be left to fend for themselves when things go wrong. That is placing the lives and health of women at risk. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing profits above patients. We will do everything we can within the law to protect women and their babies from this predatory and exploitative abortion business.”

Federal Suit Against Disgraced Abortionist Reveals Dangers of Corners-Cutting Methotrexate Abortions

Bottom-of-the-barrel abortionists use this cheap, ineffective abortion drug to financially exploit poor women at the cost of their safety

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Frederick, Maryland — When Christy O’Connell reported to one of Steven Chase Brigham’s Maryland abortion facilities on July 26, 2012, she had no idea how that visit would alter her life.

According to court documents obtained by Operation Rescue, O’Connell’s experiences with Brigham’s notoriously shoddy abortion businesses resulted in the filing of three Federal Court lawsuits against Brigham and his medical director, Vikram Kaji, and two other abortionists then in his employment, Iris Dominy, and Mansour Panah.

It began in June 2012, when O’Connell first discovered that she was pregnant. A visit to her primary care provider on July 16, 2012, confirmed her pregnancy though a blood pregnancy test and a vaginal ultrasound, which determined that her baby was 8 weeks, 2 days (58 days) gestation.

Ten days later, on July 26, 2012, O’Connell reported to one of Brigham’s “American Women’s Services” abortion facilities in Frederick, Maryland.

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It is doubtful that O’Connell was aware of Brigham’s abysmal reputation as a shoddy provider or that two years earlier, Brigham and his associate, Nicola Riley, had been caught conducting an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme in Maryland that nearly cost one patient her life, and resulted in the revocation of Riley’s Maryland medical license and Brigham’s last medical license in New Jersey.

Brigham himself never held a medical license in Maryland. Most of the time, when he wasn’t conducting illegal abortions without a license at his secret Elkton facility, Brigham depended on abortionists he hired to run his abortion businesses in Maryland. Those four facilities were part of a chain of 15 cut-rate abortion centers he operated in least four states from his headquarters in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Incompetent and unqualified

O’Connell consulted with Brigham employee and abortionist Iris Dominy during her visit to the Fredrick location.

There, O’Connell received a second ultrasound conducted by the “office manager,” who determined that O’Connell was only 7 weeks, 4 days (53 days) along, a completely inaccurate determination made by an employee who was not properly trained or qualified to conduct ultrasound examinations, much less interpret them, according to her suit.

Dominy completely depended on the ultrasound results provided to her by the unqualified staffer and never bothered to interpret or approve them.

After a discussion with Dominy, O’Connell decided to try a non-surgical abortion option. O’Connell’s abortion would involve two drugs, methotrexate and misoprostol, neither of which are approved by the FDA for use in abortions.

Dangerous drug

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Methotrexate is a dangerous chemotherapy drug that carries with it a long list of serious side effects. It was used by abortionists in an off-label application to induce early abortions before the FDA approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, or RU486, in 2001. Since the mifepristone/misoprostol regimen has a slightly lower failure rate, methotrexate soon fell out of favor with all but the most disreputable abortion businesses in America.

Even according to the ever-dubious protocols developed by the National Abortion Federation, the continued use of methotrexate to induce abortions carries grave concerns and is not recommended for abortions beyond 56 days gestation. The NAF notes that due to the high failure rate, the few NAF abortionist that will actually still use methotrexate will not use it after 50 days gestation.

Just how high is the failure rate? The NAF indicates that for women 49 days pregnant or earlier, only 67% will abort within one week after one dose of methotrexate and misoprostol. It would take a second dose of misoprostol, a stomach ulcer drug that causes unpredictable and sometimes violent uterine contractions, in order for 80-85% of women to abort within two weeks.

But it gets worse. The failure rate of methotrexate and misoprostol actually doubles when used after 49 days of pregnancy. The dangers are so severe that the NAF advises that patients must have “ready access” to a telephone, emergency medical care, and transportation. The facilities administering the abortion drugs must also be capable of conducting surgical abortions in the likely event that the medications should fail.

O’Connell was actually 68 days pregnant when Dominy administered methotrexate and misoprostol to end her abortion. A failed or incomplete abortion was nearly assured.

O’Connell didn’t know that. She signed a consent form that indicated the drugs had only an 8% failure rate. That same consent form erroneously informed O’Connell that the more effective drug, mifepristone, was not yet available in the US, when in fact it had been in regular use for eleven years. The consent form went on to explain methotrexate can cause severe birth defects, which was about the only true thing she was ever told.

Profit over safety

So why even use methotrexate if it is so dangerous and ineffective? O’Connell’s complaint against Brigham and Kaji bluntly answers that question.

It is asserted that American Women’s Services, acting through its agents, Drs. Brigham and Kaji, prescribed methotrexate and misoprostol as therapy for medical abortions instead of other FDA-approved regimens in order to cut costs and maximize profits. In fact, one pill of mifepristone costs approximately $95, whereas one dose of methotrexate costs between $5 and $25. [Emphasis added.]

O’Connell paid just $310 for her abortion, a price Operation Rescue has confirmed AWS patients still currently pay. This is far below the national average cost for medication abortions of $568.50 and below the average cost in Maryland of $404.33. Brigham can afford to set his prices so low because he pays next to nothing for substandard, ineffective drugs. This undercuts the competition while maintaining a hefty profit margin. This cut-rate, predatory pricing primarily targets the poor for financial exploitation.

In addition, a predatory profit motive led Brigham and his associates to further cut corners on patient safety. Methotrexate is sold for intramuscular injection. There is a reference in the court documents that indicates O’Connell may have “ingested” the methotrexate drug orally. A health inspection of all four of Brigham’s Maryland abortion facilities discovered that oral administration of injectable methotrexate was standard procedure even though medical literature indicates that oral consumption only further increases the failure rate of the drug.

“Not only was Brigham too cheap to use approved drugs, he was too cheap to even by hypodermic needles so that the inferior drugs he bought could be properly injected. Cutting corners to maximize profits at the expense of women’s health and lives is a signature of Brigham abortion businesses. There is just no way that Brigham’s abortion chain should be allowed to continue to exploit women in this dangerous and despicable way,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Too dangerous to operate

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene agreed with Newman, and in March 2013, it issued an order immediately suspending the licenses of all four of Brigham’s known Maryland facilities after they refused to submit an acceptable correction plan for egregious violations discovered during inspections.

Those violations included:

• Failure to ensure all staff were trained in basic life support.
• Failure to ensure sonographers were properly trained and certified.
• Failure to maintain working emergency equipment.
• Failure to maintain a sanitary environment.
• Unlicensed workers dispensing misoprostol to abortion patients without doctor supervision and before the patient had been seen by a licensed physician.

The facility licenses were permanently suspended on May 9, 2013, and Brigham’s four Maryland abortion facilities were forced to shut down.

However, Brigham later quietly reopened at least three of them as medication-only abortion facilities, which allows them to operate without licensing, without inspection, and without accountability.

This is extremely problematic since medication abortions done at these facilities are dangerous, do not comply with FDA protocols, and are prone to complications such as those experienced by O’Connell.

Still pregnant

After receiving the abortion drugs on July 26, O’Connell returned to Brigham’s Frederick abortion clinic on August 17, 2012, for a follow up appointment. At that visit, she indicated she was still experiencing symptoms of pregnancy.

She was given a trans-abdominal ultrasound, (once again by an unqualified clinic worker), and told that no intrauterine pregnancy could be detected. She was told there was “no need” for a blood or urine pregnancy test because the ultrasound exam was “conclusive evidence” that she was not pregnant. O’Connell was told to visit her primary care provider in three months, handed a prescription for birth control pills, and sent on her way.

O’Connell continued to live her life believing she was not pregnant. She stayed on all her prescription medications, which included anti-depressants, asthma medication, and other drugs.

On October 5, 2012, O’Connell visited her primary care physician for a routine “well-woman” check-up. That was when her doctor discovered that O’Connell was still pregnant – now more than 18 weeks along.

Her prescriptions were immediately altered for the sake of her baby and she was designated a “high-risk” obstetrical patient. She saw her obstetrician almost every week.

Child’s suffering

When O’Connell reached about 28 weeks into her pregnancy, she was admitted to the hospital suffering from preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition involving extremely high blood pressure that can only be cured by the delivery of the baby.

On December 19, 2012, O’Connell’s son was born and rushed into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unity where he remained for almost two months. He suffers several medical conditions, some of which are due to his prematurity and some to the dangerous abortion drugs given his mother. He continues to be treated for hearing loss, developmental delays, heart defects, and “other problems.”

Now O’Connell is seeking damages against Brigham, Dominy, Vikram Kaji, and Mansour Panah in a Health Claims Alternative Dispute Resolution. Arbitration has been waived and the three initial complaints filed last year were combined into one case by the Federal Court in February, 2016.

Business as usual

Today, Brigham continues to operate his chain of 15 abortion offices in at least four states, even though his medical licenses in six states have been revoked or surrendered under threat of revocation. He has repeatedly, completely, and publicly been disgraced as an incompetent provider that poses a grave danger to the public, whose profit motives have always trumped patient safety.

Like his Maryland facilities, Brigham was forced to halt surgical abortions at his Delaware abortion office or risk being shut down after it was discovered that he failed to obtain the accreditation required of abortion businesses in that state. That office continues to sell medication abortions, thereby evading regulatory oversight.

If he is too dangerous to practice medicine, why is he allowed to manage and control medical protocols and policies at his shoddy abortion centers? Why is he allowed to operate medication abortion facilities that fly below the regulatory radar when his medication abortion protocols have been proven to be just as dangerous as surgical abortions at his facilities?

Patient death

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Less than two months after the birth of O’Connell’s son, while he still lay in the NICU struggling for life, Iris Dominy’s incompetent abortion practices were responsible for yet another tragedy. Maria Santiago, 38, underwent a surgical abortion by Dominy at Brigham’s Baltimore office on February 13, 2013.

Santiago was left unattended and unmonitored while still under anesthesia. No one noticed when Santiago stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. By the time anyone checked on her, Santiago was motionless and not breathing at all. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

In May 2013, the Maryland State Board of Physicians suspended Dominy’s medical license. It was later restored with a reprimand and placed on probation. She was ordered not to commit any procedures that required sedation. Less than three months later, Dominy’s probation was terminated, but the sedation restriction still remains in effect.

The Frederick abortion facility where O’Connell received her “abortion” has since closed. While an AWS receptionist still tells callers that the facility is “undergoing “renovation,” the closure appears permanent. However, the three other Maryland American Women’s Services abortion facilities dangerously continue to offer methotrexate as an abortion option.

As for Kaji and Panah, who are also defendants on O’Connell’s suit, they have each had their own troubles.

Panah’s sex abuse and other problems

Mansour Panah has a disciplinary history going back to 1988 when his license was temporarily suspended after the Board determined that he had sexually assaulted three patients. In 1995, again fined for sexually abusing patients. Panah’s license was once again suspended in 2011 on charges related to a botched cosmetic surgical procedure and illegally transporting medical waste in his private vehicle.

In May, 2013, Panah’s license was suspended once again due to violations and the abortion-related death of Maria Santiago at Brigham facilities in Maryland where he served as the medical director. His license was reinstated only to be suspended again when he failed to show up for a disciplinary hearing.

Thankfully, on October 31, 2014, Panah sent a letter to the Maryland Board of Physicians permanently surrendering his medical license to avoid further disciplinary action and due to health issues, but this does not absolve him of responsibility for his part in the harm that was inflicted upon O’Connell and her son.

Kaji’s sex charges and incompetence

brigham-kajiVikram Kaji, the medical director for Brigham’s abortion chain, also has a history of improper sexual conduct with his patients and had been disciplined in 2013 for failing to properly supervise Brigham’s New Jersey clinics.

Once Brigham lost his New Jersey license in 2015, he supposedly transferred ownership to Kaji. But Kaji denied he owned the clinics and insisted Brigham was still in charge. That prompted the New Jersey Attorney General’s office to file a complaint against Kaji in 2015 for going along with Brigham’s “sham” transfer. Finally, Brigham’s attorney was able to convince the Attorney General’s office that Brigham only administers the business end of the New Jersey American Women’s Services abortion facilities through his management company and has no medical duties or responsibilities.

“I don’t believe Brigham and don’t trust him to ever tell the truth. From our long dealings and research on him and his unscrupulous business practices, we know Brigham to be a man that will say whatever he thinks people want to hear. He is by definition a silver-tongued devil who cannot be taken at his word,” said Newman. “I have no doubt that Brigham is just as involved with his abortion business as he ever was.”

Despite Kaji’s documented incompetence, he continues as Medical Director for Brigham’s New Jersey abortion facilities, enabling Brigham’s bad behavior — all at great risk to women.

Lessons

As O’Connell’s lawsuit continues to wind its way through the system, several lessons should be learned from it.

• The use of methotrexate to induce abortions should be banned. It poses far too many risks to women and their babies in the all-too-likely event that the abortion drugs fail.*
• Maryland and other states should implement new laws to establish licensing and oversight for abortion facilities that provide medication-only abortions. These often-dangerous facilities are falling through the regulatory gaps and women are paying the price by suffering complications from corners-cutting and greed of unaccountable abortionists.**
• Given the decades of deception, disciplinary actions, and patient harm caused by Brigham’s American Women’s Services abortion chain, immediate steps should be taken by authorities in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia, to shut down this chain of predatory, substandard abortion mills in the interest of public safety.

In addition, Operation Rescue has reason to believe that Steven Chase Brigham may still be illegally engaged in conducting abortions and is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. [Learn more here.]

“The only thing that will protect women and their babies from further exploitation and injury is to put Brigham behind bars where he belongs and shut down all of his abortion operations,” said Newman. “That seems to be just common sense. But don’t look for it to happen any time soon. Brigham has spent the better part of four decades learning new ways to violate the law and evade enforcement. In the meantime, women beware!”

Read O’Connell v. Brigham & Kaji
Read O’Connell v. American Women’s Services & Dominy
Read O’Connell v. Panah
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*This is not to say that any other method of abortion is “safe” or acceptable. They are not. All abortions are immoral because they take an innocent human life, and all carry inherent and unacceptable risks to the lives and health of women.

**Operation Rescue works to end the barbaric practice of abortion in America. While regulation may not ban abortion, passing laws that establish regulatory oversight on all abortion businesses and limit certain abortion methods can lead to the closure of facilities that cannot or will not obey the law. This is proven to save lives by lowering abortion numbers and sparing women from at least some of the dangerous abortion businesses that are currently inflicting harm.

[This article has been updated.]

Abortion Drama Continues at Mizzou as Planned Parenthood Seeks New Hospital Privileges

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO — New developments at Missouri University threaten to entrench abortions in Columbia, after ties between the University, known as Mizzou, and Planned Parenthood had supposedly been severed.

Notable developments include:

Resignation Mizzou leadership, including Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, due to the Planned Parenthood scandal and racial tensions on the Mizzou campus, has led to the appointment of Interim Chancellor Hank Foley. this is being viewed by Planned Parenthood as an opportunity to restore hospital privileges in Columbia to their St. Louis abortionist, Colleen McNicholas.
Petitions from both pro-life and pro-abortion supporters were submitted to Chancellor Loftin before his resignation regarding the continuation of abortions at Planned Parenthood. Pro-life supporters submitted 3,000 opposing an agreement between Mizzou and Planned Parenthood while abortion supporters submitted 2,000 supporting an agreement.
• Mizzou is now allowing McNicholas to reapply for hospital privileges at University Hospital in Columbia, a process that could take months. There is no guarantee that she will be granted the privileges, nor is there a guarantee that the University will deny them.
State Senator Kurt Schaefer, head of the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life who has made it clear he wants Mizzou “out of the abortion business” because if violates a ban on state funding of abortions, has received a serious death threat apparently related to a disparaging article about is stand against abortion that appeared on Al Jazeera. Schaefer described the call as an “anti-Christian rant” that was “graphic, more violent, more disturbing” than other threatening calls he has received. He has since closed his Capitol office until the threat can be fully investigated.

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In the meantime, it appears that even if McNicholas reapplies for hospital privileges, the Columbia Planned Parenthood will lose its abortion facility license and halt abortions as of December 1, at least until a final decision can be made on whether or not McNicholas will receive full privileges at University Hospital.

Schaffer’s interim legislative committee, which was tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood in the wake of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, had uncovered the fact that a Mizzou employee had illegally used state resources to invite abortionist Colleen McNicholas, who works at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, to apply for hospital privileges at University Hospital in Columbia, then improperly shepherded her through the process.

But instead of standard hospital privileges, for which McNicholas was not qualified, she was issued bogus “refer and follow” privileges, which only allowed her to recommend patients seek care at University Hospital, but did not allow her to treat anyone there.

Based on the phony arrangement between Planned Parenthood’s McNicholas and University Hospital, the Missouri Department of Health was wrongly led to believe that McNicholas had full staff privileges and issued license allowing the Columbia facility to conduct medication abortions.

Once the improper scheme was uncovered, Mizzou terminated McNicholas’ bogus privileges effective December 1, 2015, which will disqualify the Planned Parenthood office in Missouri from conducting abortions.

Of concern is the fact that incomplete abortions are common complications to medication abortions. According to National Abortion Federation statistics, between two and ten percent of all medication abortions will require surgical intervention to stop hemorrhaging or to prevent infection from retained tissue.

Without proper hospital privileges, abortionist dump patients experiencing incomplete abortions or other potentially life-threatening complications, on hospital emergency rooms. In the case of University Hospital, this requires staff physicians to complete abortions, which is in violation of bans on state tax money being used for abortions.

“Planned Parenthood is working overtime right now to pressure Missouri University’s interim leadership into capitulating to their demands for an agreement that would allow them to continue aborting babies with the help of a state-funded institution. Pro-life supporters must not allow these demands to drown out the voice of reason that opposes illegal involvement by the University with Planned Parenthood’s dubious abortion schemes,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Take Action!

Please contact Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and let him know that Missouri University must stay out of the abortion business!

E-Mail: foleyh@umsystem.edu

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