Abortion doc sells clinic interests to director with sexual abuse history
Long time abortionist Steven Brigham has sold his abortion clinic interests, American Women’s Services, to another abortion doctor with a history of sexual abuse, according to a Pennsylvania news outlet.
An article in Philly.com entitled, “Discredited abortion doctor sparks fresh outrage with clinic sale,”reads:
Late last year, activists on both sides of the abortion divide cheered when New Jersey regulators permanently yanked the medical license of Steven Brigham, 58, an abortion doctor they had been sounding alarms about for decades.
The action meant Brigham – whose macabre practices were found to endanger and deceive patients – was required to divest his ownership in eight clinics in New Jersey, which made up the bulk of his multistate abortion business, advertised as American Women’s Services.
But Brigham’s critics are not cheering the latest development: Brigham sold his interests to his medical director, Vikram Kaji, whose medical license was suspended in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s for sexually abusing patients and wrongly prescribing controlled substances.
Dr. Vikram Kaji has a long history of sexually abusing his patients. Dr. Kaji was professionally disciplined by the State of New Jersey on November 1, 1993, and given a 12-month suspension for sexually abusing three patients and indiscriminately prescribing controlled dangerous substances. He was disciplined for having sex with one patient in his office, and for performing ‘‘improper’’ rectal and breast exams on two other patients. According to a consent order, Dr. Kaji knew the woman he had sex with suffered from severe depression, had been sexually abused as a child, and had once been hospitalized for psychiatric problems. He was also disciplined by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency on February 22, 1994, and made to surrender his controlled substance license. He was also disciplined by the State of Pennsylvania on December 23, 1994, and his license was suspended for 36 months.
From the New York Medical Board:
Read more here.
Philly.com reported the sexual abuse this way at the time:
According to the order, Kaji, 59, has admitted to having unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman in the birthing room of his clinic while staff was in the office and the door unlocked. The order also says Kaji has denied conducting improper examinations and improperly prescribing drugs.
Read more here.
In 2013, the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners found that Kaji, 79, “had failed to adequately fulfill his responsibilities as medical director,” a job that includes overseeing controlled substances. Kaji admitted he had suffered a stroke that had affected his memory and vision, and was ordered to undergo “neuropsychological evaluation,” according to public records, reports the Philly.com.
“I sometimes get too friendly, but nothing is meant by it in my mind, for sure,” Kaji said at the time. “The problem is I don’t realize how the other person is taking it.”
Of course at the time this all happened and the state suspended his medical license, Kaji vowed that he was done practicing medicine – yet- he has managed to remain in the abortion industry as an active physician – go figure.
The National Abortion Federation which tries to claim that they distance themselves from Brigham and Kaji had this to say:
“I am not surprised at Brigham,” said Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation. “This is the type of deceptive activity we’ve come to expect from him. But I am surprised the state would accept this as being in compliance with their [divestiture] order, since Kaji is clearly unable and unsuitable to be running abortion clinics in New Jersey. Brigham is clearly trying to … continue to maintain control over the clinics.”
However, Brigham once bragged about attending NAF events with no outrage from the abortion rights group:
A rival abortion clinic weighed in as well:
Jennifer Boulanger, communications director at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center, sent this e-mail response to Philly.com by e-mail, “Although we have come to expect that Steven Brigham would allow someone so grossly unqualified to manage patient care, we are hopeful that New Jersey regulators will use the power granted to them to disallow this ownership transfer.”
Saporta, the National Abortion Federation leader, which defends abortion docs nationwide told the media outlet, “People who read about this should be alarmed. Enough, enough, enough with these people.”
Enough IS enough!
In response, Operation Rescue has submitted a letter of complaint to Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig urging her office to disallow the alleged transfer of Steven Chase Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses to Vikram Kaji.
“The transfer of Brigham’s abortion clinics to Kaji is completely offensive and unacceptable. It is shocking that Kaji is even allowed to practice medicine, given his background of sex abuse, drug violations, and negligence,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, who wrote the complaint. “We are asking for the State to disallow the transfer of Brigham’s abortion businesses to Kaji, and order them to close immediately.”
Perhaps Saporta will join groups like Operation Rescue and others in denouncing all the abortionists that kill, injure,rape or abuse their patients instead of having a faux anger when they are held to account by the media, but I seriously doubt that will hapen.
Currently, American Women’s Services’ website advertises 16 clinics in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Read the Philly.com report here.