Former Planned Parenthood doc accused of sexually molesting female patients

“You won’t read about his connections to Planned Parenthood in the Boston Globe, but you should!” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

Newman is referring to Roger Ian Hardy whose recent troubles were highlighted in a Boston Globe story which reads:

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The longtime medical director of a popular fertility clinic is accused of inappropriately touching and sexually molesting female patients, some while they were under anesthesia, in incidents that date back at least a decade, according to records of a state investigation obtained by the Globe.

A patient first complained about Dr. Roger Ian Hardy in 2004, and over the years employees of the Reading-based fertility clinic said they witnessed at least three other incidents, the records show. Some staff “reported Dr. Hardy’s misconduct’’ to other physicians at the clinic.

A patient wrote a letter to board in 2004, which stated, “I was afraid . . . that something criminal had been done to me.’’

According to the Boston Globe, the woman described trauma to her genitals that she said occurred while sedated for a procedure that Hardy performed in December 2003 at the Hunt Center in Danvers, then part of Beverly Hospital.

Hardy wrote a lengthy denial at the time, and pointed out that three “professional assistants’’ were in the operating room during the procedure. The medical board closed the case without taking action against Hardy.

The Department of Public Health, which licenses the fertility clinic, confirmed to the Boston Globe that it has “an ongoing investigation’’ separate from the board’s inquiry, but would not disclose details.

But, according to Operation Rescue, the Boston Globe, which reported on Roger Ian Hardy’s legal woes, failed to mention that Hardy once worked for Planned Parenthood where he had similar access to women as he had at a fertility clinic where he molested and inappropriately touched women over a period of two decades.

“You won’t read about his connections to Planned Parenthood in the Boston Globe, but you should!” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Sexual abuse of patients and staff is more common than people realize among those who work as abortionists. These men have access to women when they are extremely vulnerable. It’s an unspeakable betrayal. Adding to the scandal is the reticence of medical boards to take action when women bravely come forward to file complaints. Hardy’s situation is a case in point.”

In 1991, Hardy began moonlighting for Planned Parenthood in Santa Clara, California, then moved to Massachusetts in 1992 when he began providing abortions for Planned Parenthood of League of Massachusetts, Inc. In the late 1990’s, documents show he was accused of at least one case of medical malpractice as evidenced in a suit filed against him and Planned Parenthood related to an incomplete abortion. Why he left Planned Parenthood is unknown, but the Boston Globe article published on May 1, 2014, indicates that Hardy’s abhorrent behavior stretched back as far as 20 years, which would include his stint with Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts.

In 2004, a woman filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine alleging that Hardy took advantage of her while she was under anesthesia at a fertility clinic after discovering suspicious physical injuries the following day. The Board sent her complaint to Hardy, who wrote a long letter denying the charges and suggested that the woman’s injuries were self-inflicted. [Read the documents related to this complaint. Warning: sexually graphic content.]

The Board closed the complaint without action. The woman wrote a letter back complaining that the Board was not doing its job, but no further action was taken, until recently.

That 2004 complaint was revisited after 18 witnesses came forward to testify against him about his inappropriate sexual behavior not only with his patients, but also female members of his staff. The Board has since determined that Hardy had indeed sexually abused the women who had come forward in 2004.

In addition to surrendering his Massachusetts medical license, Hardy’s licenses have been suspended in Maine and New Hampshire.

Part two of the Boston Globe’s exposé on Hardy mentions the “code of silence” that protected him. One employee was upset when she saw Hardy fondling a patient’s breast but was told not to report it if she did not want to be known as a “disgruntled worker.”

“Ironically, the Boston Globe is part of that that ‘code of silence’ because not once in two articles did it warn former patients of Planned Parenthood that there is a possibility that they also may have been victims of Hardy’s perverted practices,” said Newman. “It appears that the paper is shielding Planned Parenthood’s abortion business from scrutiny when women have a right to know the truth.”

Operation Rescue has found that even when clinic workers do have the courage to report such abuses, often the medical boards turn a blind eye or just slap the offender on the wrist and send him back into the exam room, which only ensures that the abuse will continue.

“If the Board had taken the 2004 complaint against this man seriously, perhaps it would have spared countless women from being abused,” said Newman. “We’ve seen this kind of behavior with abortionists more times that we can stomach.”

CODE OF SILENCE NOTHING NEW – PRO-CHOICE SILENCE!

Little was said years ago by pro-choice advocates when another Massachusetts abortionist, Dr. Howard Silverman, was brought up on sexual misconduct charges as well:

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The Boston Globe reported in a July 2, 1999 article entitled, Board OKs claims against doctor, that the Massachusetts state’s medical board disciplined abortionist Howard J. Silverman, who owns Repro Associates an abortion clinic in Brookline.

According to the article, Silverman allegedly “touched the breasts of numerous patients for no legitimate medical purpose.

In addition he, “made sexual advances on a medical assistant . . . in an examination room while a patient was still on the examining table. Between 1994 and 1995, Silverman allegedly told a patient to prepare for a pelvic exam by getting “into the position that got you here.”

The New York Times also reported the conduct in their December 10, 1995 article, Investigation Targets Tests For Abortions.

The Times states, that in 1984, the Board of Registration in Medicine disciplined Silverman for sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old patient.

Here’s an interesting footnote: After the report of sexual abuse, Jennifer Jackson, than President of the Massachusetts National Organization for Women, made this outrageous comment,

“N.O.W. is appalled to learn of any doctor engaged in the sexual exploitation of women, but this is only one doctor and one incident, others working to provide safe abortions should not be tainted by it.”

Yeah right……Operation Rescue says otherwise – more here.

This blog has also documented this type of sexual abuse – read here

One Response to “Former Planned Parenthood doc accused of sexually molesting female patients”

  1. Sam don't ask Says:

    Dr Silverman now owns a swingers club in Rhode Island and physically abused his 3rd wife.

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