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Abortionists to be extradited to Maryland to face murder charges for late term abortions

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A Salt Lake City doctor has been arrested for allegedly performing late-term abortions in New Jersey and Maryland.

Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges for allegedly performing numerous late-term abortions in New Jersey and Maryland, including one botched abortion in 2010. The case is the first of its kind in Maryland; the two doctors have been charged for a fetal homicide statute.

“They have been indicted based upon a fetal homicide statute.This is probably the first case that Maryland has ever seen with this factual scenario using this statute. It’s a unique situation,” Maryland State Attorney Ellis Rollins told Reuters in an interview.

Riley, a family physician, was hired by Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, to help perform late-term abortions. Investigators say those abortions were started in New Jersey then the pregnant women drove themselves across state lines to Maryland where the abortions were completed. Investigators believe the abortions were completed in Maryland because the state’s abortion law is less restrictive than in nearby states.

“They would start the abortions up in New Jersey, inject them with saline to kill the fetus, then bring them down in vans the next day to complete the abortion,” said Nancy Jacobs, Maryland State Senator.

Investigators believe Brigham hired Riley because she is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Maryland while he is not.

The investigation into the abortions began when an 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant was hospitalized after a botched abortion; her uterus was ruptured and bowels extended. She had to undergo immediate surgery.

“They didn’t call 911; she was bleeding profusely. They stuck her [the mother] in their car [and] they drove up to the hospital and wouldn’t enter the hospital,” said Maryland State Sen. Nancy Jacobs.

After the failed abortions, police in Elkton, Maryland, searched Riley’s clinic and found a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one possibly aborted at 36 weeks — nearly full-term.

Riley was arrested late Wednesday in her East Bench home. She has been charged with one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Her license to practice medicine has been suspended in Maryland but is still active in Utah.

“’Regarding Dr. Riley’s arrest, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing has no comment but the division continues to monitor Maryland’s case against Dr. Riley and will carefully review the details as it moves forward to see if any further determination needs to be made from our end,” said Jennifer Bolton.
Dr. Riley signed an agreement not to perform abortions in Utah while the Maryland investigation runs its course. She is charged with murder and conspiracy.

Riley’s lawyer in Maryland was not available for comment

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Fire breaks out at abortion clinic which used to employ doc now accused of murder, Steven Brigham

Posted in Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, abortionist, Abortionist arrested, National Abortion Federation, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by saynsumthn

1/3/2012 (PNJ) A New Jersey abortion doctor who is facing murder charges in connection with late-term abortions is linked to the Pensacola abortion clinic that burned Sunday.

Records show that a mailing address for American Family Planning clinic in Pensacola matches an address used by Dr. Steven Brigham in Voorhees, N.J.

American Family Planning lists its physical address at 6770 N. Ninth Ave. and its mailing address as 1 Alpha Ave. in Voorhees, N.J., according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

The New Jersey address used by Brigham is the location of American Women’s Services, which offers abortion and gynecological services.

Brigham was being held in Camden County Jail in New Jersey pending extradition to Maryland.

Pensacola Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Peake tells the Pensacola News Journal ( http://on.pnj.com/v4Ykmh) that the two-story building housing the American Family Planning clinic was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just after 1 a.m. Sunday.No one was injured. Peake said the investigation was turned over to the state.

The clinic formerly known as The Ladies Center and as Community Healthcare…In 1995, a New York Times article reported that Florida suspended the license of the Ladies Center abortionist: Steven Brigham. He had been performing abortions at the Ladies Center in Pensacola despite his well publicized cases from New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and California.

Investigators have determined that the fire at the American Family Planning clinic, 6770 N. Ninth Ave., started outside the building, Deborah Cox, a state fire marshal’s office spokeswoman, said this morning.

“We have not determined that it’s arson,” Cox said. “The investigation is continuing in that regard. We haven’t determined the cause of the fire.”
Police Chief Simmons said he was not aware of any recent threats against the clinic.

The clinic pays off-duty Pensacola police officers to provide security.

On Oct. 30, 2009, Community Healthcare Center voluntarily closed because of its failure to pay a $413,000 fine to the state for a licensing violation. In January of that year, a survey by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration determined that the center’s lab license had been expired.

Meanwhile, the circuit riding abortionist who owned the abortion clinic and then used the Pensacola clinic as his mailing address has a history of abuses. In 1998, Steven Chase Brigham was sentenced to four months in jail for failing to file corporate income tax returns and bilking insurance companies in New York, according to a Boston newspaper.

Last week- Brigham was arrested and charged with murder for several abortions he performed in Maryland on babies that were viable. Brigham has a history of abuse of women and children through botched abortions, which the media has chosen to ignore and leave off this story. I am sure the media wants to hang this on the backs of pro-lifers without even entertaining the idea that the records at that clinic might implicate Brigham further…..

According to reports, Brigham has had a shaky history in Florida as well….When Brigham came to Pensacola, his license had been suspended in two states and restricted in two others. He also had agreed to retire from practicing in another state.
Pensacola abortion opponents expressed concern about Brigham working here. They protested outside a state agency in Tallahassee in December 1994. They also asked the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the Florida State Board of Medicine, to suspend Brigham’s license to practice in Florida.

In February 1995, the agency suspended Brigham’s Florida medical license. The agency cited three violations:

» Brigham’s failed to notify Florida about actions against his license. In 1992, he agreed to have his license placed on permanent inactive status in Pennsylvania. In 1994, his New York license was revoked and his New Jersey license was suspended.

» He failed to notify Florida that he changed the primary place of his practice from New Jersey to Pensacola.
» Brigham failed to get malpractice insurance when he began practicing in Pensacola.
The Florida Board of Medicine decided to revoke Brigham’s license in June 1996

The recorded incidents of Brigham’s other questionable activities are detailed below:

Two abortion doctors charged with murder, anoth…, posted with vodpod

BALTIMORE — Two doctors who Maryland authorities say botched a teenager’s abortion last year in Elkton, Md., have been indicted on murder charges and are awaiting extradition from New Jersey and Utah, where they were arrested this week.

Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Voorhees, N.J., and Nicola Irene Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City, Utah, had been ordered to stop practicing medicine by the Maryland Board of Physicians in September 2010, a month after officials said an operation at the Elkton clinic went awry.

In that case, which police said forms the basis for most of the criminal charges filed this week, an 18-year-old woman from New Jersey suffered a ruptured uterus and other internal injuries during a procedure at the American Woman’s Services clinic on East High Street in Elkton.

The physicians board found that the woman, who was 21 weeks pregnant, had initially been treated in Voorhees, N.J., where her cervix was dilated. The woman was then told to travel, in her own car, to Elkton so doctors could complete the procedure.

After the woman suffered a ruptured uterus, state officials said Riley put the patient in Brigham’s rented Chevrolet Malibu and drove her Union Hospital in Elkton. The board said she sat in slumped in a wheelchair, nearly unconscious, outside the emergency room, while Riley argued with hospital staff, demanding their identities before treating the woman.

The woman was flown that day to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for more treatment. State officials said Riley then returned to his clinic in Elkton to perform another abortion. The injured woman survived.

Maryland’s abortion law, which is less restrictive than in nearby states, may explain why the procedure was initiated elsewhere and completed in Elkton. In other states, later abortions must be performed at a surgical center or hospital rather than at a doctor’s office. In New Jersey, pregnancies after 14 weeks cannot be ended at doctors’ offices.

After this case, the state Health Department proposed regulations to increase oversight of surgical abortion clinics.

Elkton police said they searched the clinic on East High Street but could not located medical records for the woman. But police said they found 35 later-term fetuses, some 20 to 35 weeks old, in a freezer. The Philadelphia Inquirer has reported that Brigham’s four New Jersey clinics cannot perform abortions after the first trimester — 14 weeks of pregnancy — because they did not meet safety standards.

Another doctor at the clinic, George Shepard Jr., 88, also had his Maryland license suspended by the Board of Physicians, but he has not been charged with a crime. ( And here NJ Case here) State authorities said Brigham ran a string of clinics in several states, including Pennsylvania and New York. His Maryland clinics were located in Elkton, Baltimore, College Park, Frederick and Cheverly.

Both doctors who have been charged have previously lost their licenses to practice medicine or run clinics in several states, including New York and Pennsylvania.

Brigham faces five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Riley faces one count each of first- and second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Details behind each of the murder counts was not given by Elkton police, who issued a news release on the charges but cited only the case of the 18-year-old woman who was injured. It was not immediately clear if the other murder counts related to the other fetuses that police said were found in the clinic’s freezer.

In early August 2010 abortion patient “D.B.”, as records identify her, went to Steven Chase Brigham’s American Women’s Center in Voorhees, New Jersey, and discovered she was 21.5 weeks pregnant. In order to skirt the laws on abortion limits by gestation in New Jersey, Brigham, who is not licensed to practice in Maryland, opened a secret office in a rented medical space in Elkton, Maryland. This clinic was not advertised under Brigham’s American Women’s Services, his four-state empire of 15 known abortion mills. Documents show that the Elkton facility’s paperwork often bore the name Grace Medical Services, but the people that worked there simply referred to it as Elkton. The purpose of this under-the-radar office was to complete second and third trimester abortions that were illegally initiated at Brigham’s Voorhees, New Jersey, headquarters.

It appears in an effort to maximize profit and avoid state law, Brigham would begin the late term abortions in New Jersey, than instruct the women to appear to his office in Maryland where the abortion could be completed legally.

The abortion on D.B. was performed by Brigham’s associate Nicola I. Riley, with Brigham overseeing the procedure. D.B. began her procedure at about 11:00 a.m. and it lasted for about two hours. The patient developed complications and needed to be taken to the nearby hospital. Riley placed D.B. into a wheelchair with her legs up and had intended to push her the two blocks to the emergency room, but the patient’s mother insisted that an ambulance be called, but Riley refused, and after some discussion, D.B. was loaded into Brigham’s rental vehicle and transported to Union hospital. The 18-year-old woman suffered a critical uterine perforation during surgery, she arrived at the hospital bleeding and semiconscious. The patient’s injuries were so complicated that she had to be flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Riley “returned to the Elkton office … to perform another abortion,” documents report.

According to several archived news sources – abortion doctor Steven Chase Brigham has had a litany of troubles which have plagued him for years.

In 1990 according to The Providence ( A Canadian Newspaper) Brigham attended the National Abortion Federation Conference, where he was quoted in the paper as stating, “We believe women deserve the best care.”

NOTE_ He was obviously associating with NAF and they welcomed Brigham in…but… in 2011 when Brigham was finally arrested NAF Had this to say as their excuse:

Vicky Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation in Washington, D.C., has said Brigham’s activities “are not representative of abortion care…throughout the country.”
In a September 2010 blog post that addressed an investigation into Brigham’s practices by the Maryland Board of Physicians, Saporta said Brigham “has come under fire from state licensing boards and health departments throughout his career and has had his medical license temporarily suspended, relinquished or revoked in five states.”
“These repeated disciplinary actions make it evident that Dr. Brigham operates outside recognized standards for quality abortion care,
” she said.

Elizabeth Barnes, director of the Cherry Hill Women’s Center Abortion clinic , said this after Brigham’s 2011 arrest, “I am glad that a predator is off the street.”
She added: “I hope the public understands that Steve Brigham is an anomaly and that most abortion care is of high quality.

The only problem with Barnes’ statement is that it is false and the abortion industry covers for these doctors all the time defending the male killers instead of the women seeking the abortion !

In 1991 – Brigham was ordered by Berks County Judge Forrest G. Shaeffer Jr to stop doing abortions at his Berk, PA offices. Shaeffer ruled that Brigham fraudulently concealed his intentions to perform abortions when he signed a lease from the owners: Berkshire Group.

In 1992, according to the Associate Press, Brigham retired his Pennsylvania medical license after a confidential attorney general investigation.

In 1994, The Star Ledger reported that a New Jersey woman filed suit against Brigham after he botched a late stage abortion then kept her bleeding in his office for hours. The suit identified the woman only as “Jane Doe” said that the abortion patient lost 8 units of blood and needed an emergency hysterectomy following her encounter with Steven Brigham at the American Women’s Center in Spring Valley, NY. The paper stated that at the time of the suit, Brigham had lost his medical license in New York.

While lawmakers in Maryland are cracking down on non-surgical Pregnancy Care Centers, they have neglected the high risk surgical abortion clinics, for possibly political reasons. In the 1994 suit mentioned above, the plaintiffs claimed that Brigham lured women into his abortion clinic through deceptive yellow page ads indicating he was ” a specialist in gynecological surgery”

Similar to recent events from the recent Maryland botched abortion incident, in this 1994 case, when the women came to Brigham showing signs of a later term pregnancy than New Jersey law allowed, staff at Brigham’s abortion clinic told her they could do the procedure in New York. During the abortion , according to the article, Brigham slashed the women’s cervix , uterus, and uterine artery. Despite her obvious critical condition, Brigham only called an ambulance after the women went into shock.

In January of 1994, the Star Ledger reported that New Jersey disciplined Brigham’s New Jersey license and according to the 17-page complaint charged that Brigham “has no formal training in obstetrics and gynecology and is neither board certified nor board eligible in any specialty.”

The state also alleged that in 1993, Brigham performed an abortion on a 14 year old girl and barred her mother from the operating room because she could not pay his $50.00 surcharge, for allowing a family member to watch the procedure. In addition, the article states that according to the complaint, Brigham used excessive amounts of sedation and placed gauze in the teen’s mouth during the abortion.

Brigham was also accused by the board of performing second trimester abortions which he was not trained to perform , failed to refer patients for follow-up care, engaged in unsterile practices and published “misleading and deceptive advertisements”.

Also in 1994, according to the Asbury Press, a nurse was so disgusted with the care Brigham gave his abortion patients that she quite working for him. Lynette Zielke of Turnersville, testified before the New Jersey Medical Board that she was the nurse who assisted Brigham in the 1993 abortion on the 14-year-old girl. She said the girl was over sedated and that Brigham risked choking her by stuffing her mouth full of gauze. ” I whispered, do you really want to do this?” Brigham replied, “Yeah , I want to give her a little extra sedation, She needs it.” The nurse then exclaimed that they would not be able to wake her up.

In December of 1994, The Star Ledger headline read, ” New York revokes license of abortion doctor”
The article stated that both New York and New Jersey determined that Brigham was a danger to the public for acting negligently and displaying bad judgement and according to the report would often “inflate and embellish the truth.” Brigham maintained that he was a victim of unfair treatment by the board. At the time of the revocation, Brigham was practicing at an abortion clinic in Florida and had previously let his Georgia license expire instead of facing a disciplinary hearing in that state. In addition, the 1994 news story said the California medical board was meeting to determine whether they would revoke his license as well.

When local pro-life groups publicized the news of Brigham’s disciplinary records, a 1994 Associate Press report quoted Patricia Anderson spokeswomen with the National Abortion Federation as blaming pro-lifers for sleazy abortionists when she stated, that tactics against abortion doctors “create a climate where physicians with less experience can step in.”

In 1995, a New York Times article reported that Florida suspended the license of Steven Brigham. He had been performing abortions at the Ladies Center in Pensacola despite his well publicized cases from New Jersey, New York, Georgia, and California.

In 1998, he was sentenced to four months in jail for failing to file corporate income tax returns and bilking insurance companies in New York, according to a Boston newspaper.

Old news stories also indicate that despite Brigham’s despicable behavior of botched and dangerous abortions, pro-choice supporters routinely came out to escort women into his clinics.

According to Boston.com in April of 2010, the IRS placed more than $234,000 in liens against him for failing to pay payroll taxes. He’s also subject to tens of thousands of dollars in state tax liens. and in July , the Pennsylvania Department of Health ordered Brigham to close his four clinics in the state, saying he employed unlicensed caregivers.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue is calling for criminal charges against Brigham and has a detailed report of secret abortion clinics and abortion horrors by Brigham and his associates. Operation Rescue obtained several key documents which show that Brigham sticks his nose up in the face of the law and will continue to be a public safety concern if he is not stopped. Read the full report here

More news here

New Jersey authorities suspended Brigham’s medical license in November 2010, when the state Board of Medical Examiners said in part he had “provided grossly negligent care” to five women who sought late-term abortions. The state board also alleged Brigham had performed about 50 abortions in Elkton between January and August 2010 “without holding a license to practice in Maryland.”

Two abortionists arrested and charged with murder in Pennsylvania

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, abortion complication, abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Late term abortion, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , on December 29, 2011 by saynsumthn

12/29/2011

Two doctors are facing murder charges in connection with a botched August 2010 abortion procedure at a secret Elkton facility.

Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Voorhees, N.J. was arrested in Camden, N.J. by homicide detectives there on Wednesday night. He remained in the Camden County Jail on Thursday awaiting an extradition hearing.


Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City, Utah was arrested by the Unified Police Department in Utah on Wednesday night. She, too, awaited an extradition hearing on Thursday at the Salt Lake City Jail.

Brigham is facing five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree conspiracy to murder, according to the Circuit Court Indictment Warrant.

Riley, meanwhile, is facing one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy to murder.

The charges stem from fetuses found by the Elkton Police Department following a search and seizure of the clandestine High Street location.

According to Operation Rescue: Brigham operated a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, even though he had no license to practice in that state. He hired Riley to do late-term abortions there and at his abortion clinic in Baltimore. Brigham would start the late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then caravan the laboring women to Elkton where the abortions would be completed. The clandestine abortion scheme was discovered after a woman suffered a life-threatening botched abortion in August, 2010. When police raided the Elkton abortion clinic, they discovered the remains of 35 aborted baby, one of which was 33 weeks gestation. (Read more about this.)

Operation Rescue immediately organized grassroots efforts calling for charges against Brigham and Riley and worked behind the scenes to ensure that the case moved forward. Operation Rescue dug deeper and discovered that Riley had lied about her criminal background to gain licensure in three states. At the time of their arrests, Brigham and Riley were banned from doing abortions in any state.

“We have worked for over a year to make sure Brigham and Riley were brought to justice. We kept the story in the public eye, and followed up with police and prosecutors. This is a victory for the pro-life movement,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Medical license suspended on NJ doc who botched several abortions

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, abortion complication, abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, abortionist, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

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N. J. abortion doctor temporarily suspended
By Marie McCullough
Inquirer Staff Writer 10/14/2010

TRENTON – The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners on Wednesday temporarily suspended the license of abortion doctor Steven Chase Brigham, ruling that the Voorhees-based entrepreneur is “a clear and imminent danger to the public health and safety.”

Brigham, the board said, “has consistently and repetitively engaged in manipulative and deceptive behavior . . . to eviscerate the protections afforded New Jersey patients.”
The board sided with the state Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting that case, in concluding that Brigham initiated late-term abortions in Voorhees and completed them in his facility in Elkton, Md., because “he could not qualify to provide those abortions in New Jersey.” The board also concluded that Brigham routinely and purposely had kept patients in the dark about where their abortions would take place, and who would do the surgery.

Brigham scribbled furiously as the decision was read aloud shortly before 10 p.m., and a tiny smile briefly appeared on his lips.

His lawyer, Joseph Gorrell, immediately asked that the case be appealed on an expedited basis to the Office of Administrative Law. The board declined to ask for expedited treatment, but said it would ask that the case be heard as soon as possible.

Brigham, 54, who has been in and out of trouble for much of his two-decade career, operates at least a dozen abortion clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia under the name American Women’s Services.

Brigham is under investigation in Maryland for criminal and regulatory offenses, and faces tax problems with the IRS. He has the rare distinction of being disliked by both sides of the abortion debate. Even many supporters of the procedure view him as a rogue doctor.

Much of Wednesday’s hearing, which began at 1 p.m. and lasted past 9, reprised issues raised in the mid-1990s when Brigham also faced licensing problems.
At issue was whether Brigham would keep his New Jersey medical license.

The board, which regulates doctors, was considering whether Brigham had falsified medical records, misled patients in advertisements, and endangered them by starting late-term abortions in his Voorhees clinic, which does not meet outpatient-surgery standards, and then finishing those procedures in Elkton.

The board rejected the request of Gorrell, of Roseland, that the case be dismissed because the board had already ruled in two cases in the 1990s that the doctor’s actions were legal.
The medical board found that the differences between the current and earlier cases were “substantial.”

Brigham was alternately portrayed as a dangerous scofflaw and a conscientious caregiver in dueling presentations at the hearing’s start.

Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig said the abortion doctor was “grossly negligent” for transporting some patients to Maryland to take advantage of disparities in the two states’ abortion laws.

Brigham insisted that he didn’t need a Maryland license because he was merely consulting in the Elkton clinic. But he acknowledged that “I did the care.”

He said George Shepard, an 88-year-old OB-GYN who worked for Brigham, would simply come into the operating room, say hello to the patient, and stand there during the procedure. “He would ask me questions so we were engaging in consultation,” Brigham recalled.

Under questioning from a board member, Brigham said Shepard had had a mild stroke and was unable to use one of his arms. So he probably could not have done any surgery.

Brigham was asked if he had a cutoff for doing late-term abortions. He said the latest case he had done was 36 weeks – 38 weeks is full term – because the fetus had a lethal defect. He said patients seeking a third-trimester abortion had to fill out an application explaining their or their fetus’ health problems that necessitated the abortion.

However, his clinic’s records showed that a woman who was 25 weeks pregnant with twins conceived through in-vitro fertilization had sought an abortion because she and her husband were embarrassed that they had used donated sperm.

A board member asked why, when he could do a late abortion in a hospital or an ambulatory-care facility, did Brigham find it necessary to “schlep patients to other states for the procedure?”

“If the board said, ‘Don’t do that,’ I wouldn’t do that,” Brigham said, referring to his two-state procedure. “I only did these things because I thought I had the approval of the New Jersey medical board.”

Brigham said he was not sure whether his New Jersey malpractice insurance covered him in Maryland. He said, “I think I have malpractice” coverage, but couldn’t be more definitive.
In his direct testimony, Brigham was mostly poised and deferential. Wearing a gray pin-striped suit, red tie, and white shirt, the Columbia University medical school graduate talked confidently and displayed a passing resemblance to actor Greg Kinnear.

Just before the closing arguments, Brigham begged the board members not to let their feelings about abortion color their decision. “This is a very incendiary issue,” he said. “I would just ask you to recognize the efforts I’ve made over 24 years to comply with the board’s rules.”

The case against Brigham arose after an 18-year-old New Jersey woman who was 21 weeks pregnant suffered life-threatening injuries during an abortion in August that Brigham oversaw in Elkton. She had to be airlifted to a Baltimore hospital for emergency surgery to repair her uterus and bowel. She and the surgeon subsequently filed complaints against Brigham, according to documents released by investigators.

The first two witnesses Wednesday – obstetricians Gary Mucciolo of New York City and Rengan Rajan from Philadelphia – defended the care that Brigham provided.
Mucciolo said it wasn’t risky to send patients an hour away to Brigham’s clinic in Elkton after initiating the abortion in Voorhees.

And loading an injured patient at the Elkton clinic into a car and driving her to the hospital was not dangerous, either, he said, because she was stable and not bleeding.
Mucciolo said the abortions described in the charges against Brigham had been performed “the way they are typically and safely done.”

And he praised Brigham for going to a patient’s hotel room at midnight to treat her for abdominal pain and urinary obstruction. He also acknowledged under questioning from Warhaftig that Brigham might have done so to keep the woman from going to the hospital and alerting authorities about what had happened.

Rajan also testified that Brigham had met the “standard of care” in the abortions he performed. Rajan, who served as the director of a Philadelphia abortion clinic in May, was asked to explain why he had left that affiliation off his resume.

“You won’t get promotions. You pay a price for serving women,” he said. “We have created a major crisis. There are very few doctors trained to do abortions.”

For Brigham, the hearing Wednesday covered familiar ground. He defended himself against some of the same charges he faced in the mid-1990s. Brigham has spent much of his 20-year career fighting lawsuits and disciplinary actions in multiple states.

Pennsylvania in July barred him from owning clinics here because he persistently employed unlicensed caregivers; he is appealing that ruling.

Steven C. Brigham’s patient commits suicide after abortion, family sues

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, abortion complication, abortion death, Abortion Regulation, abortionist, pro-choice, Pro-Life, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by saynsumthn

Accused Voorhees doctor faces lawsuit from Zallie

The article was posted on 10/2/2010/ and then removed – here is a cached version: Courier Post

A Voorhees doctor, under fire from state officials over alleged improper abortions, also faces a legal challenge from a Camden County businessman and political figure.

Dr. Steven C. Brigham is accused of malpractice in a lawsuit filed by George Zallie Sr. of Cherry Hill. Zallie’s daughter committed suicide about 15 months after having an abortion in Brigham’s facility in July 2001.

“We lost our youngest child and our first grandchild,” Zallie said in an interview this week.

His lawsuit claims Brigham and his employees did not disclose all relevant facts to his daughter, then a 19-year-old college student who was three to six weeks pregnant. That includes assertions that her fetus was “a complete, separate living human being” and “a second family member.”

The suit also says Brigham and others at the American Women’s Center did not warn Stacy Zallie of the “substantial increased risk of severe emotional trauma and distress” for women who have abortions. It also contends they failed to make sure her decision was voluntary.

Stacy Zallie made at least four suicide attempts after the abortion before dying at age 21 in October 2002, the lawsuit says.

Zallie’s attorney, Harold Cassidy of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, declined to comment on pending litigation. Brigham’s lawyer could not be reached.

But an attorney representing Brigham in a separate fight with state officials has denied any wrongdoing by the doctor.

“Everything he did complied with applicable law and was in conformance with accepted standards of medical practice,” said Joseph Gorrell of Roseland, Essex County.

Brigham, who earned his medical degree at Columbia University, has run the American Women’s Center on Alpha Avenue in Voorhees since 1992.

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking to suspend or revoke the New Jersey medical license he’s held since 1992. The dispute is to go before the state Board of Medical Examiners on Oct. 13.

Officials contend Brigham broke medical rules and jeopardized patients by providing abortions to women who were more than 14 weeks pregnant. The state asserts Brigham’s Voorhees office and his qualifications do not meet the standards required for late-term abortions.

The state’s complaint says Brigham would start abortions at his Voorhees facility, then have patients be driven to a facility in Elkton, Md., to complete the process. The state learned of the two-state process after one of Brigham’s patients needed emergency surgery due to a serious medical complication at the Elkton site.

Zallie said his lawsuit, filed in 2004, is expected to go to trial in March in Superior Court in Camden.

Zallie, a second-generation grocer who runs 10 ShopRite stores in South Jersey and Pennsylvania, is a Republican freeholder candidate in Camden County. He said he did not learn of his daughter’s abortion until after her death. His lawsuit asserts the defendants’ negligence caused Stacy Zallie to become “despondent and depressed.”

“I think abortion clinics should be compelled to have a mental-health professional on staff,” said Zallie, who since 2003 has run a foundation that seeks to help women who’ve had abortions. “They (clinics) should screen women for depression pre- and post-abortion.”

Zallie also thinks many people, including medical and mental-health professionals, overlook or minimize the risk of emotional trauma from abortions.

“I would like independent psychological professionals from both sides to debate the issue in an open and honest way,” he said. “The most frustrating thing is to find someone without a red jersey or a blue jersey. I want to find someone in a black-and-white striped shirt.”

More trouble for Abortionist Steven Brigham

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, abortion complication, abortion death, abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, abortionist, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by saynsumthn

NJ abortion Dr. Steven Brigham accused of more violations
BEN NUCKOLS,Associated Press Writer • September 22, 2010

BALTIMORE — A New Jersey doctor cited by medical authorities for shuttling his patients to Maryland for late-term abortions is now accused of violating standards of care for two additional patients, including a woman from Canada whose nearly full-term fetus with Down syndrome was aborted.

The new accusations against Dr. Steven Brigham, 54, are contained in documents filed by the New Jersey attorney general’s office, which is seeking to have Brigham’s license suspended or revoked. Brigham has agreed to stop practicing medicine until a hearing next month before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners.

In early August, Brigham performed an abortion for a 35-year-old Canadian who was 33 weeks pregnant, the documents show. The fetus had Down syndrome but was otherwise viable.

As with other patients, Brigham allegedly began the procedure in New Jersey, then instructed the woman to drive herself to Elkton, Md., where the fetus was removed. Brigham was not licensed to perform abortions on fetuses 14 weeks or older in New Jersey.

The procedure on the Canadian patient “seriously violated medical standard of care and, to my knowledge, is not sanctioned by any statute or regulation,” Dr. Gary Brickner wrote in an expert opinion to the medical board. He noted that the woman’s pregnancy “did not involve a fetus with a lethal defect or a condition dangerous to the mother’s health.”

It’s not unheard of for women to travel from Canada to the United States for late-term abortions that aren’t available in their provinces, said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, an association of U.S. abortion providers.

Only a doctor with access to the patient’s medical records could determine whether the abortion itself was medically or legally permissible, and different doctors could come to different conclusions, Saporta said. But Brigham violated standards of care regardless because he wasn’t licensed to perform the procedure, she said.

According to the documents, Brigham began dilating the Canadian patient’s cervix on Aug. 3 and administered a drug that killed the fetus. The next day, the woman was told to drive to Maryland, where the fetus was removed. It’s not clear from Brigham’s records who performed the abortion in Maryland, where Brigham was not licensed to practice medicine, the documents show.

Richard W. Westling, one of Brigham’s attorneys, did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday but has said previously that Brigham believes the procedures he performed were legal.

The documents also reveal a previously undisclosed case in which Brigham allegedly breached standards of care. The patient was 24 weeks pregnant and, like the Canadian patient, was given drugs to kill the fetus and dilate the cervix.

Brigham’s records indicate that the woman’s abortion would have been completed in Maryland, but instead, she went into labor and began bleeding heavily in her New Jersey hotel room, the documents show. Brigham treated her there, and she delivered the stillborn fetus at a hospital, according to the documents.

Brigham previously was accused of leading a caravan of three patients from his office in Voorhees, N.J., about 10 miles outside Philadelphia, to Elkton, Md., about 60 miles away, on Aug. 13.

A family doctor from Utah, Nicola Riley, botched the abortion for one of those patients, who had to have emergency surgery to repair her ruptured uterus and small intestine, documents show.

That patient’s case led to complaints being filed in Maryland against Brigham, who was ordered to stop practicing without a license. Maryland officials suspended the licenses of Riley and another doctor who worked for Brigham.

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Pro-Lifers Urge Lock Down on Shady Abortion Docs
By Heather Sells
CBN News Reporter
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pro-life advocates hope the recent national attention on abortion doctors will spotlight unsafe practices, and eventually put an end to them.

This week in Massachusetts, Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was sentenced in the 2007 death of his 22-year-old abortion patient Laura Smith.

Also in Maryland, authorities are investigating Dr. Steven Brigham, who’s botched abortion required an 18-year-old woman to undergo emergency surgery to repair ruptured bowels and a torn uterus.

Pro-life group Operation Rescue obtained official documents that suggest Brigham used his clinics in New Jersey to initiate abortions on patients and then took them into Maryland to complete the procedure. Pro-life advocates want criminal charges filed against him.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, spoke with CBN News about the case against Brigham.

Questions about Brigham’s abortion practices date back to 1993, when the state of New York revoked his license after he botched two late-term abortions.

Florida officials also revoked his license and Pennsylvania state authorities shut down his clinics. Still, he managed to own the American Women’s Services group, with abortion offices in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.

New Jersey authorities may take his license away after the latest ordeal.

Records show Brigham transported the 18-year-old patient from one of his clinics in New Jersey to another in Maryland, where late-term abortion laws are more relaxed. The patient was 21-weeks pregnant. His associate, Dr. Nicola Riley, told authorities what went wrong.

“[She] testified under deposition that she first pulled an arm and then she pulled a leg off and then pulled the woman’s bowel and then spent two hours trying to repair that situation,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said.

Operation Rescue is pressuring Maryland authorities to take stronger action.

“We’re seeing abortionists being convicted, we’re seeing them go to jail,” Newman said. “We’re seeing them have to face enormous fines and that is sending a call throughout the rest of the abortion industry that when you botch an abortion, when you kill a woman, we’re going to hold you legally accountable for this.”

The National Abortion Federation is also condemning Brigham and supports the investigation of his practices. But the group maintains that the abortion industry has an outstanding safety record and that more regulations aren’t necessary.

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