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Abortionist Andrew Rutland in trouble with State Medical Board – AGAIN!

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortionist, Andrew Rutland, Anti-abortion, pro-choice, Pro-Life, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by saynsumthn

The LA Times Reporting:
Doctor barred from surgeries allegedly caught violating order
An undercover investigator says Dr. Andrew Rutland advised her to have a chemical abortion. The lawyer for Rutland, disciplined after an abortion patient’s death, says he performed no surgeries.
By Lisa Girion
February 18, 2010

Less than a month after Dr. Andrew Rutland was barred from performing surgeries after an abortion patient’s death, state medical authorities say they caught the physician in an undercover sting apparently violating the court order.

For the second time in as many months, state officials are seeking the immediate suspension of the Chula Vista physician’s license. A hearing is set for Thursday in San Diego. Rutland could not be reached for comment.

His lawyer, Paul M. Hittelman, said Rutland did nothing to violate the court’s order.

“It’s not asserted that he was doing any surgical procedures,” said Hittelman, adding that Rutland’s physician daughter performed those procedures.

On Jan. 7, Administrative Law Judge James Ahler stopped short of granting the request by lawyers for the Medical Board of California, deciding instead to temporarily limit his practice until a full hearing could be held. One potential problem for the state was proving that Rutland posed an immediate danger — given that it took five months to bring its case.

This time, lawyers for the medical board will present evidence of a sting operation hatched a couple of days after the January hearing.

At that time, in response to a request from Rutland’s lawyer seeking clarification of the no-surgery order, the judge amended it to specifically ban him from performing “first trimester abortions and endometrial curettage procedures.”

Two weeks later, Medical Board investigator Carmen Aguilera-Marquez made an appointment for an abortion at A Women’s Choice Family Planning Clinic in Chula Vista. She used an undercover alias and brought a urine sample from a pregnant woman.

At the clinic, she saw Rutland in a room through an open door standing by a woman lying on an examination table, according to a petition filed by the board. The patient’s legs were bent, and Rutland was looking into the patient’s cervical area, she said.

She spoke with a friend of the patient who told her that the woman was there for a “chemical abortion,” a spontaneous miscarriage induced with pills inserted by a physician, she said in the petition.

Later, when she was asked to undergo a pregnancy test, the investigator went into a bathroom and filled the cup with urine she brought with her, she said.

Rutland determined she was seven weeks pregnant. He said his physician daughter performs surgical abortions but was not in that day, she said, and advised that she allow him to do a chemical abortion.

The investigator insisted on a surgical procedure, and an appointment was scheduled for another day, she said in the petition.

Dr. Jessica Kingston, an expert physician retained by the medical board, said in the petition that by counseling the patient and “being ready, willing and capable of prescribing the necessary medications for an abortion, and determining whether the patient was a candidate for a medical abortion, Dr. Rutland is performing first trimester abortions.”

“We believe nothing was done that would violate the order as amended or in its original form, for that matter,” Hittelman said. Rutland was accused in December of negligence in attempting to perform a high-risk, second-trimester abortion in an ill-equipped and unsanitary back room of an acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel.

The patient, 30-year-old Ying Chen, fell into a coma and eventually died from a toxic reaction to a drug Rutland administered, the autopsy report said.

At the time, Rutland was on probation and practicing under another physician’s supervision. The medical board acknowledged this month that it violated its own rules by allowing Christopher Dotson Jr., a Los Angeles doctor with a spotty disciplinary record of his own, to serve as Rutland’s monitor.

Rutland first surrendered his license in 2002 in a high-profile case involving the deaths of two infants. In 2007, Rutland convinced the board that he had been rehabilitated and regained his license.

Previous Stories: California Abortionist to face medical board after death of abortion patient

Abortion doc banned from doing abortions after death of patient, retains license to practice medicine

And : California: Abortion doc with dead patient monitored by abortion doc with dead patient, huh?

And: Allegations Of Molestation, Negligence Haunt Chula Vista Abortion Clinic

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Here is what Operation Rescue wrote:

Abortionist Rutland Caught Doing Abortions In Violation of Suspension

February 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Operation Rescue’s own undercover sting recording submitted to the Board as evidence of illegal activity

Chula Vista, CA – The California Medical Board has asked for the emergency suspension of Andrew Rutland’s medical license after an undercover sting conducted by Board investigators caught him doing first trimester chemical abortions even though he has been banned from the procedure.

Rutland was scheduled to appear before a judge in San Diego County this afternoon.

Rutland’s license was only partially suspended on January 7, 2010, after Ying Chen died from a backroom abortion at a dirty, ill-equipped acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel as a result of a botched second trimester abortion done by Rutland. He was banned from surgery and from doing abortions.

Subsequently, Rutland asked for permission to continue doing first trimester abortions, but on January 12, the Board issued a clarification specifically banning him from doing them.

Independently from the Medical Board, Operation Rescue conducted an undercover sting of its own on February 3, 2010, wherein a woman posing as a potential abortion customer received an appointment for a surgical abortion with Rutland for later that day.

Operation Rescue immediately contacted the Medical Board and submitted a copy of the recorded conversation.

Listen to the call

Rutland’s attorney told the LA Times that Rutland’s daughter was actually doing the surgical abortions, but in the call made by Operation Rescue, the receptionist “Rhea” indicated that the caller’s appointment would be with Dr. Rutland, referring frequently to “him.” There was no mention of another physician.

“For the second time in two months, the California Medical Board is asking for the suspension of Rutland’s full license because of the danger he poses to the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We pray this time they get it. We will continue to work though all legal channels available to us until he is out of the abortion business for good.”

Rutland has a long and troubled history. Rutland’s license had been previously revoked in 2003, after his negligence caused the death of a wanted baby during childbirth. Rutland lied to the parents about the child’s cause of death. At that time he was on probation for the deaths of two other infants. In 2007, Rutland’s license was reinstated.

He took over a Chula Vista abortion clinic from abortionist Nolan Jones, who had his license revoked in March, 2009, for violations ranging from botched abortions to fraud. Jones had replaced unlicensed abortionist Bertha Bugarin, who is serving nearly 7 years in state prison for illegal abortions. Bugarin had stepped in after abortionist Phillip Rand surrendered his medical license due to his part in killing a woman during a botched abortion in Santa Ana in 2004.

“We pray that Rutland is the last abortionist in this cycle of abuse of women through illegal and unsafe abortions, and that this clinic will never be allowed to reopen,” said Newman.

Allegations Of Molestation, Negligence Haunt Chula Vista Abortion Clinic

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Regulation, Andrew Rutland, Anti-abortion, Children, pro-choice, Pro-Life, rape, Sexual Assault and abortion, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by saynsumthn

From San Diego’s News 10 Local Abortion Clinic’s Troubled History Raises Questions

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A family member expressed outrage Friday over the punishment handed down for two local health care workers, 10News reported.

Longtime Chula Vista resident Maria Hart said everyone knows where to go when they need to get an abortion.

Hart took her cousin to a local clinic when they were younger.

She came out crying; she came out in tears, back then we were young,” said Hart.

Hart and her cousin were afraid to tell anyone. Hart said her cousin was fondled and sexually molested during her abortion.

We kind of just went there and trusted the doctors and that they would treat us correctly, and they didn’t,” said Hart.

The doctor her cousin visited, Bertha Bugarin, was sentenced to seven years in state prison for posing as a doctor and performing illegal abortions.

A court recently sentenced her accomplices, Luz Catalina-Gomez and Paloma Rodriguez, to three years probation.

I don’t think it’s right that they’re just still walking around, free to go,” said Hart.

A new clinic has recently opened up under the name Woman’s Choice Family Planning Clinic, and it is being run by Dr. Andrew Rutland. Sources told 10News that Rutland has had problems in the past and is on probation.

Rutland was accused by the State Medical Board of negligently treating ten patients, including two infants who died. He surrendered his license, but applied for reinstatement five years later.

The medical board granted his request in 2007, and Rutland was placed on five years probation and must now practice under the supervision of another doctor.

How can you say that this particular clinic is continuing Bugarin’s efforts?” asked 10News’ Charisse Yu.

The doctor who is presently here has connections with one of the doctors who used to work for Bugarin who lost his license because of malpractice suits,” said pro-life advocate Luis Mendoza.

Hart said she can only hope history won’t repeat itself at a clinic that left many women with emotional and physical scars.

OPERATION RESCUE REPORTED:

News Report Exposes Another Illegal Abortionist, Says Clinic “More Dangerous Than Ever”
October 13, 2009

Operation Rescue demands that the Medical Board take immediate action to revoke Rutland‘s license for probation violations.

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San Diego, CA – A television news station has reported on outrage expressed by pro-lifers and the cousin of one of the clinic’s sexual assault victims that accomplices of illegal abortionist Bertha Bugarin received no jail time during their sentencing on criminal abortion charges last month then went on to expose dangers at new abortion clinic.

As reported by Operation Rescue, Luz Catalina-Gomez and Paloma Yonna Solorzano-Rodriguez each received 3 years probation for aiding and abetting the commission of illegal abortions at Bugarin’s Chula Vista, California abortion clinic. The agreement was reached between the defense attorneys and San Diego Superior Court Judge Ted Wethers without the input of the District Attorney’s office in a deal that Operation Rescue President Troy Newman called “fishy.” Bugarin is currently serving 6 years, 8 months in a state prison for her crimes.

Sidewalk Counselor Luis Mendoza, who has worked with Operation Rescue to expose wrong-doing at San Diego area abortion clinics, was particularly upset by the light sentences.

As a sidewalk counselor for nearly 4 years at the now defunct abortion mill were these women worked I experienced first-hand how evil and coercive they were,” said Mendoza.

He remembers a young Hispanic couple, not more than 14 years of age, that he tried to help. They were lied to by Solorzano-Rodriguez about legal problems at the clinic and were coerced by her into having the abortion.

The news report included an interview with Maria Hart, whose cousin had been fondled and sexually molested during an abortion when she was only 16 years old.

We kind of just went there and just trusted the doctors that they would treat us correctly, and they didn’t,” said Hart. “And I don’t think it’s right that they’re still walking around, free to go.

But the report didn’t stop there. After Bugarin’s clinic closed, another abortionist, Andrew Rutland, reopened an abortion clinic in the same location under a new name. Reporter Charisse Yu attempted to interview Rutland, who has an extensive history of discipline with the California Medical Board and is currently on probation and prohibited from practicing without the oversight of another physician.

However, there was no supervising physician on duty with him on the day of the interview.

This news report shows yet another in a long line of abortionists operating illegally,” said Newman. “We demand that the Medical Board act immediately to revoke his medical license. We also demand that the District Attorney’s look into filing criminal charges against Rutland.”

Rutland and Bugarin and the rest of their cohorts are not exceptions to the rule, but are what can be expected at our nation’s abortion mills. Jailing these people is the only way to stop them from preying on vulnerable women,” said Newman.

In the meantime, women must be warned of the dangers of abortion clinics in our nation. They are staffed by shoddy abortionists and unqualified workers who are the bottom of the barrel in the medical world that routinely lie to women about the safety of their operations. Some are sexual predators, as Ms. Hart attested to, who use abortion clinics as a means of accessing victims. Women deserve better than this, and we urge anyone considering abortion to instead contact an abortion alternatives center in their area and get the help they need.

VIEW THE NEWS REPORT

Contact the California Medical Board and ask for the revocation of Andrew Rutland’s medical license. Voice: 1-800-633-2322; Fax: (916) 263-2944

UPDATE on Abortionist Andrew Rutland: Abortionist Andrew Rutland in trouble with State Medical Board – AGAIN!

Sleezy Abortionists Sentenced

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by saynsumthn

Bugarin accomplices sentenced
Women who helped with illegal abortions get probation, community service
California Catholic Daily 9/24/2009

Two accomplices of Bertha Bugarin, who is serving a prison sentence for performing illegal abortions in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, have been sentenced to three years probation and lengthy terms of community service for their roles in assisting Bugarin’s illicit activities at Clinica Medica para la Mujer de Hoy in Chula Vista.

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Luz Catalina-Gomez was charged with four counts of “treating the sick/afflicted without a certificate,” while Paloma Yonna Solorzano-Rodriguez was accused of two counts of the same crime. Both women were also charged with a single count of grand theft. The alleged crimes occurred on various dates between February and March of 2007.

Catalina-Gomez was sentenced to three years formal probation, 350 hours of volunteer work service to be completed by Sept. 20, 2010, and 365 days in custody stayed pending successful completion of probation, Paul Levikow, Communications Director for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, told California Catholic Daily. The judge also ordered Catalina-Gomez to have no contact with Bertha or Raquel Bugarin and prohibited her from working in the medical field.

Solorzano-Rodriguez was sentenced to three years formal probation, 200 hours of volunteer work service to be completed by Sept. 20, 2010, and 365 days in custody stayed pending successful completion of probation. Solorzano-Rodriguez was also ordered to have no contact with the Bugarin sisters and not to seek employment in the medical field, Levikow said.

Both defendants pleaded guilty on the day that jury trial was scheduled to begin,” said Levikow. “Defendants both pleaded guilty to all charges on the Information that pertained to them.”

San Diego Superior Court Judge Ted Weathers handed down the sentences in a deal reached between the judge and the defendants, said Levikow. “The People (DA’s office) did not take part in this deal.”

The two women worked for Bertha Bugarin, who earlier pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of performing abortions without a license at the Chula Vista clinic, just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. The clinic targeted Spanish-speaking women from the border area. On April 24, Judge Charles Gill sentenced Bugarin to six years, eight months in prison. Bugarin’s sentence in the San Diego case will run concurrently with a three-year, four-month sentence handed down against her in January on similar charges in Los Angeles County.

This criminal preyed on women in the Hispanic community and has now been held accountable,” said San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in December 2008, when Bugarin pleaded guilty to the charges. “By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women’s lives in serious danger.”

Bugarin’s sister, Raquel Bugarin, pleaded no contest to three counts of felony practicing medicine without a license in a plea bargain with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. In exchange, the district attorney dismissed four other felony counts filed against her. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta sentenced Raquel Bugarin on Oct. 1, 2008 to three years formal probation, 500 hours of community service, and ordered her to pay $3,270 in restitution to six victims.

Bertha Bugarin advertised her Chula Vista clinic on Spanish-language television in San Diego and Tijuana. At least nine victims in the Chula Vista area came forward and identified Bugarin as the person who performed surgical and/or medical procedures on them, the San Diego district attorney said. One of Bugarin’s patients suffered severe complications and had to be hospitalized twice, and eventually delivered her baby prematurely, which lived for only three hours, said the district attorney. Another patient paid $500 for an abortion, but had to return to the office for a second procedure because the first abortion was unsuccessful, according to the district attorney.

Bugarin reportedly ran a cash-only business, and over a period of 18 years hired a long list of physicians to perform abortions who had a history of incompetence or negligence, many of whom had their licenses to practice medicine revoked, according to records on file at the California Medical Board. Apparently, when Bugarin ran out of licensed physicians to perform abortions, she decided to pose as a doctor and do them herself.

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One of Bugarin’s abortionists, Laurence Reich, was a twice-convicted sex offender who molested and raped his abortion patients. Reich surrendered his license in 2006, but continued to work as an abortionist for Bugarin until his arrest in February, 2008.

Even after her arrest in a Los Angeles Police raid on 4 of her remaining 6 clinics, Bugarin continued to operate in San Diego County until her arrest there.

Bugarin pled guilty to 9 felony counts in San Diego County and is scheduled for sentencing there on Friday, February 6, 2009.

Read Reich’s 1982 Disciplinary Documents (Warning: Sexually Graphic)

CNN Report – here