Two abortionists arrested and charged with murder in Pennsylvania

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.

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