Doctor’s license revoked after botched abortion
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus.
Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide.
Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect.
The 50-year-old doctor had never performed the procedure before, but said he didn’t like to tell patients “no.”
Kachinas represented himself before the board and in a previous hearing, Health News Florida reported. He spent most of his time arguing two less serious allegations, admitting in the twin case he “screwed up.”
In 2008, the Florida State Licensing Department sent a letter to abortionist Kachinas which read:
Dear Dr Kachinas
The purpose ofthis letter is to officially advise you of the findings of a Complaint Investigation visit of your abortion clinic conduct on01238by Eleanor Seville RNS of this office
Compliance with the requirements was discussed with you and your representative at the facility during the exit conference following the completion of the survey on01248
Your facility was found not to be in compliance with Florida Statutes and the Florida Administrative Code governing the state licensing requirements
His clinic was: PREMIER INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH
The State’s Complaint Reads as Follows:
Upon entrance to the facility on01238the receptionist name unknown was asked if the facility is doing abortions her response was yes
Review of the licensure denial letter from Tallahassee dated 03108clearly states the Abortion Clinic licensure was denied
The facility medical director stated the clinic has been doing first and second trimester abortions since the letter was issued Review of office records revealed abortions were conducted since the letter of denial was received
On Feb of 2008 He was ordered to CEASE and DISMISS Abortions at that facility !
The abortionist, Matthew Kachinas, said in July that he is “on assignment” in various locations around the state for up to 3 weeks at a time. This is the 2nd time a Sarasota facility where Kachinas worked has closed.He reportedly had left or been dismissed from 3 other abortion facilities in Florida.
Premiere has been closed for at least a few months. But it couldn’t be determined for several weeks whether the closure might be temporary. An answering service continued to forward messages.
Eventually, the web site was taken down, the phone number ceased service, the property was listed for sale or lease, and web searches didn’t find any current information on the business or any references to Kachinas doing abortions elsewhere in the area.
Premier was the only such facility in Sarasota that did 2nd-trimester abortions, at least in recent years.
Financial, licensing concerns
Even though he was seen driving an expensive-looking gold sports convertible in 2005, Kachinas (age 49, said one web site) has admitted to having had financial problems.
He bought a home on Sarasota’s Longboat Key in 2000, but he said last year that “he suffered financial difficulties and in order to find work was required to work all over the state,” according to minutes of a hearing on property upkeep last fall by the Longboat Key Code Enforcement Board. At a follow-up hearing in July 2009, he said he was “on assignment” at various locations around the state for up to 3 weeks at a time.
Previously, pro-life sources claimed he had left after only short periods at facilities where he had traveled to do abortions, in Altamonte Springs (near Orlando) late last year and in Tampa. He also left, or was terminated from, the facility he previously worked at in Sarasota. Premier apparently had problems with the state, but the eventual outcome was unclear.
A complaint of state law violations was found early last year on the web, saying the clinic continued to do abortions after its license renewal was denied on Jan. 30, 2008. Three reports later in the year showed no citations, and made no reference to the previous complaint.
Premier opened 4 years ago
Premier opened in February 2005. Kachinas was listed as medical director.
The Premier web site said its goal was to “provide the best gynecological care available to women at any stage in life, whether it is as simple as your annual exam or as complicated as the decision to terminate a pregnancy.”
In late 2005, two Ocala pro-lifers visited inside Premier, then related their experiences (full report linked here) at a Sarasota-Manatee Right to Life meeting.
“What struck us so hard was that (part-owner Lori) Jacobs bragged about the big money involved,” Mabel Ryan said. “She said the maximum time (for an abortion) is 6 minutes and said an abortion takes no medical skill at all” and “in no field of ‘medicine’ can that amount of money be made so quickly.”
They authors also wrote, “It was obvious from the start that the director invited us for one purpose: She would, she said, change our minds and we would see what a great service they were doing for pregnant mothers who wanted to “terminate” for any reason. (Abortionists almost always use the word “terminate,” not the word “abortion.”) She informed us that good reasons to “terminate” were: confirmed imperfect fetal development, a baby believed to suffer from Down’s Syndrome, or if in the abortionist’s judgment the mother was not capable of properly rearing the child for any reason.”
Kachinas arrested, then left
Kachinas previously was doing abortions at the former Sarasota Women’s Health Center on North Tamiami Trail. Protesters had been there for many years.
On Dec. 27, 2002, an Operation Save America press release reported, he became enraged at a protester and head-butted her. He was convicted of battery and was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and anger management counseling. Eventually, he reportedly was dismissed after having worked there for 5 years. (More background here and here.) That facility closed in early 2004 ( commentary and photos here), a while after Kachinas left. (The building was still vacant in 2009; there had been no buyers.)
Battery (2 incidents) and Death Threat
On Friday morning, December 27, 2002, abortionist Matthew J. Kachinas arrived at the Sarasota Womens Health Center abortion mill at 5025 North Tamiami Trail. Pro-lifer Linda McGlade, a mother of seven children, tried to preach the Gospel to him. Enraged, he exited his vehicle and walked up to within inches of Linda, then said several times “I’m going to kill you!” Then, in front of half a dozen witnesses, and with a video camera running, Kachinas drew his head back and delivered a head butt to Linda’s forehead.
Linda’s son Keith quickly went to his mother’s side to defend her. The abortionist tried to provoke Keith into a fight. He taunted him, saying “What are you going to do about it?” The abortionist then flicked the hat off of Keith’s head and taunted and cursed him some more. When Keith did not take the bait, the abortionist jumped up and down on Keith’s hat while screaming more obscenities. He then walked into his abortion mill.
In June 2003, Kachinas was found guilty of battery. Immediately after Sarasota’s Chief County Judge Logalbo pronounced the sentence upon the abortionist, which included extensive psychiatric evaluation “due to the violence and the fact that he has people’s lives in his hands daily,” he was fingerprinted and booked in front of a packed gallery of spectators. During his trial, Kachinas lied obviously and flagrantly many times. Noting Kachinas‘ professional position and his “less than forthright” statements, Judge Logalbo issued a sentence which far exceeded the sentence asked for by the prosecution. Along with the psychiatric evaluations and completion of all recommended treatments, including an anger management program, Kachinas was placed on one year probation in addition to a $1,000 fine and court costs. Incredibly, even the abortionist’s lawyer admitted afterwards that he believed the pro-life witnesses over the testimony of his own client!
References: “Violence Erupts at Abortion Mill.” Operation Save America press release dated December 27, 2002. “Abortion Doctor, Matthew Kachinas, Guilty of Battery.” Downloaded from the Web site of Operation Save America at http://www.operationsaveamerica.org.