Ben Graber is an abortionist who in 1988 examined and performed an abortion on a 10-year-old girl whose father brought her in pregnant. A Democrat lawmaker at the time, Graber, who ran the Women’s Awareness abortion clinic in Coral Springs at the time, never filed a report on the child for possible sexual abuse. Graber has been active in politics and has served in several capacities as a lawmaker in the state for Florida.
In 1988 South Florida abortionist Benjamin Graber, examined a 10-year-old girl whose father brought her in pregnant.
Graber performed an abortion on the child and returned her to the father who was later accused of raping her.
Despite mandatory reporting laws in the state of Florida, Graber did not inform the state of the possibility of incest at the time of the abortion, according to news reports.
Officials were never notified of the suspicion of abuse by Graber but found out only when hospital ER physicians examined the sister of the 10-year-old that Graber aborted who was taken to the emergency room for medical care.
By the time child protective services reached the children ( ages: 12,10,8 and 7 ) news reports indicated that the father had allegedly molested most of them.
This was two-years after the father brought the pregnant 10-year-old to Graber, for the abortion.
Joanne Richter, executive director of the Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center stated to the press that Graber should have been aware of the possibility of sexual abuse and called authorities.
Graber never faced any charges for failing to report the sexual abuse of this child. Some believe that his connections as a Florida State House Representative at the time played a role in the decision to not prosecute.
Graber has avoided penalties from abortion malpractice lawsuits as well:
Years later, when abortionist Benjamin Graber decided to close one of his Graber Gynecological Affiliates medical offices in Pompano Beach, Florida where he performed abortions, he sought out another doctor to sub-lease the office, because he was still under a lease contract with the owners.
Graber arranged to sublease the office to another abortionist by the name of Vladimar Rosenthal who owned the Today’s Women’s Medical Centers (abortion clinics) in South Florida.
The Miami Herald had earlier reported that several former employees of Rosenthal went to the Herald complaining that that the conditions at Rosenthal’s clinics were not good for patients. The employees showed the paper records that Rosenthal was paying them commission to sell anesthesia at the door. The state inspected Rosenthal’s abortion clinic and found several obscene pictures of unconscious women with their legs apart belonging to Rosenthal’s male nurse.
Employees said they were fired when Rosenthal was told that they had complained about the conditions at the clinic to the National Abortion Federation.
Despite the fact that the above allegations were reported in South Florida newspapers, and on record with the State Department of Professional Regulations, Graber chose Rosenthal to sublease his office. In a letter explaining to the owner of the building why Graber chose to sublease the facility to Rosenthal, Graber described Rosenthal as, “an excellent tenant who has been successfully in practice for a number of years.”
In 1988, Graber was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he became Deputy Majority Leader of the House. His colleagues elected him vice chair of the Broward Legislative Delegation in 1990 and chair in 1991. In the Legislature, he chaired the Joint Legislative Information Technology Resources Committee, the Health Care Committee, the Subcommittee of Lottery and Gaming Regulated Industries Committee and the Subcommittee on Oversight on Health and Rehabilitative Services.
Since these incidents, Graber has been elected as a Broward County Florida Commissioner and served as the 2005-2006 Mayor of Broward County. He lost a bid for a Florida State Senate seat in 2006 but says he is not through with politics yet. House colleagues say that in the clubby world of the Legislature, Graber was an outsider because you couldn’t tell what position he would take. His bills sometimes suffered because of it.
“He was a maverick. He often did his own thing [to his detriment],” recalled former state Rep. Jack Tobin, D-Margate.
Sources: The Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel: Father charged with sexually abusing 4 daughters By: Kevin Davis: 12-6-1988/ Coral Springs News, number 50″ Protestors: Graber should resign by Gary Curreri, 12-14-1988 / The South Florida Forum, Vol. 3 No. 6: Ben Graber under fire for abortion on 10-year-old by Paul Carson: 12-15-1988/ United Press International, Father charged with sexual abuse of daughters: 12-6-1988/Broward County 17th judicial Circuit Court case # 92-04044, Ted A. hunt vs. Benjamin Graber/ Florida Department of Professional Regulation Case # 89-010853 and Miami Herald 10-7-89./ Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, After state Senate loss, Graber will turn focus to promoting penny sales tax :9-7-2006 http://www.broward.org/graber/longresume.htm /http://archives.econ.utah.edu/archives/m-fem/1999m03/msg00077.htm/ http://www.broward.org/graber/photo.htm/www.realpagessites.com/womensawareness/page2.html
Other Sources: : Father Charged with sexual abuse of daughters (UPI) 12-6-1988; Legislator investigated over abortion - St. Petersburg Times 1-12-1989; Lawmaker under investigation for youth’s abortion (UPI) 1-11-1989