Disciplined Abortionist allowed to keep license (For now)

A California judge has denied state medical authorities’ emergency request to revoke the license of an abortionist following an undercover sting conducted by Board investigators which caught abortionist Andrew Rutland doing first trimester chemical abortions even though he has been banned from the procedure. Despite this decision, Rutland still faces a full hearing on the state’s accusation of negligence over the abortion related death of Ying Chen, who fell into a coma after a toxic reaction to a drug Rutland administered. At the time, Rutland was on probation and practicing under another physician’s supervision. That physician happened to be another abortionist with a spotty disciplinary record. The medical board has acknowledged that it violated its own rules by allowing abortionist Christopher Dotson Jr. to serve as Rutland’s monitor. Rutland first surrendered his license in 2002 in a high-profile case involving the deaths of two infants. Medical Board spokeswoman Candis Cohen told the La Times that the board would pursue its effort to revoke Rutland’s license “as expeditiously as possible.”

Here is what the California Medical Board Reports Today:

Physician Information

Licensee Name: ANDREW RUTLAND, MD
License Type: PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON
License Number: G24947
License Status: LICENSE RENEWED & CURRENT

Public Record Actions: LIMITS ON PRACTICE
PROBATION
ACCUSATION FILED
INTERIM ORDER
Original Issue Date: JULY 09, 1973
Expiration Date: MAY 31, 2011
Address: 1771 WEST ROMNEYA DRIVE #A
ANAHEIM, CA 90801
County: ORANGE

Public Disclosure

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Administrative/Disciplinary Action
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Case Number: D1 2006 176260
Description of Action: EFFECTUVE 12/24/09 ACCUSATION AND PETITION TO REVOKE PROBATION FILED. THE PHYSICIAN HAS NOT HAD A HEARING OR BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ANY CHARGES. EFFECTIVE 01/12/10 PARTIAL INTERIM ORDER ISSUED. PROHIBITED FROM PERFORMING ANY KIND OF SURGERY, DEFINED AS A PROCEDURE INVOLVING CUTTING, ABRADING SUTURING, LASER OR OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY CHANGING BODY TISSUES AND ORGANS, FROM PERFORMING FIRST TRIMESTER ABORTIONS AND ENDOMETRIAL CURETTAGE PROCEDURES, AND FROM DELIVERING BABIES.
Effective Date of Action: JANUARY 12, 2010

Case Number: 20 2006 176260
Description of Action: LICENSE SURRENDERED ON 10/24/02; LICENSE REINSTATED AND PLACED ON FIVE YEARS PROBATION ON 10/25/07 WITH VARIOUS TERMS & CONDITIONS. DR. RUTLAND IS PROHIBITED FROM ENGAGING IN THE SOLO PRACTICE OF MEDICINE.
Effective Date of Action: OCTOBER 25, 2007

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