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The abortion industry appears to be full of unqualified abortionist quacks !

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, National Abortion Federation, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by saynsumthn

Recent stories of abortion clinics operators Randall Whitney of Florida arrested for slapping an abortion patient, abortionist Ghevont W. Wartanian who performs abortions at Gynecare Center in Severna Park, Maryland, an affiliate of the National Abortion Federation, and who has a long and sordid history of malpractice suits and wrongful deaths , Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, hauled off to jail this week in the homicide death of one of his abortion patients, abortionist Romeo Ferrer, whose medical license was suspended by Maryland this month after he killed Denise Crowe during her abortion, and abortion doctor George Shepard whose medical license was also suspended for his participation in an illegal late-term abortion scheme that landed one woman in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, leaves many asking if the entire abortion industry is full of abortionist quacks like these? All these stories have occurred within the past few weeks…imagine if health regulators really tried to crack down on abortion clinic quackos? But..this is only part of it, because today the sags continues:

We now have this story from the Philadelphia Inquirer:


Brigham behind secretive late-term abortion clinic
9/24/2010 By Marie McCullough Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

For more than a year online, “Grace Medical Care” has advertised abortions up to the last few weeks of pregnancy. It said it’s located in a Philadelphia suburb, yet kept the address secret. And it has operated without the knowledge of state regulatory authorities.

Now, for the first time, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says the person behind the clandestine enterprise is Steven Chase Brigham, the physician being investigated by New Jersey and Maryland on suspicion of licensing and criminal offenses.

Brigham’s attorney, Joseph Gorrell of Roseland, N.J., did not return a call or e-mail requesting comment.

Brigham, 54, who has been in and out of trouble for much of his two-decade career, operates at least a dozen abortion clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia under the name American Women’s Services.

He has many other “entities,” including Grace Medical Care, also called Grace Medical Services, say the attorney general’s Sept. 8 charges.

Variations of Grace Medical turn up repeatedly in late-term abortion records recently seized from Brigham’s offices.

Authorities said he initiated those abortions in the Voorhees headquarters of American Women’s Services, then finished them the next day in Elkton, Md. – a scheme authorities say was designed to evade outpatient-surgery rules.

New Jersey is also looking into why state agencies that oversee businesses and medical facilities have no records for Grace Medical, said the attorney general’s spokesman, Paul Loriquet.
Grace Medical remained a mystery even to doctors recruited by Brigham over the last year to work in Elkton, transcripts of interviews with investigators show.

Kimberly Walker, a young doctor who began training with Brigham in January, told investigators: “He basically calls the later-[term] cases, he calls them Grace patients. I don’t know what Grace means.”

George Shepard, an 88-year-old Delaware gynecologist hired as medical director at Elkton, was asked by investigators whether the Elkton facility was called “Grace something.”

“I’ve heard the word Grace, but I’m not sure that they call it that,” he responded. “All I know is Elkton.”

The latest inquiry was launched after one of Brigham’s bistate abortions went awry. An 18-year-old New Jersey woman who was 21 weeks pregnant suffered life-threatening complications Aug. 13 and had to be airlifted from Elkton to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She and a Hopkins physician later filed complaints.

Investigators soon discovered that Brigham has never had a medical license in Maryland. They also seized 35 frozen fetuses and fetal parts from Elkton, but they could not find medical records for 33 of those abortions either in Elkton or Voorhees.

Brigham has a hearing scheduled for Oct. 13 before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners to say why he should not lose his medical license there, the only state where he still has one. Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida took away his practice privileges in the 1990s.

Although Grace Medical Services was a regulatory phantom, it caught the attention of other abortion providers last summer. They were startled because its online ad explicitly offered “abortions up to 36 weeks” – two weeks shy of a full-term delivery – a risky procedure most doctors are loath to perform. The website said payments had to be in cash, while practically all providers accept health insurance. And not only was no address listed, but Grace Medical’s phone receptionist would not readily divulge it.

Even in this era of heightened security amid fears of antiabortion violence, the secrecy seemed intended to hide the clinic, not protect it, said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation. The trade group, whose members must meet care standards, has long excluded and criticized Brigham. (WHAT A FLIPP’N SLOPPY EXCUSE !)

Grace Medical’s website says it is in a suburb “just minutes from Philadelphia” in a “multi-story, multi-practice professional building.” That fits Brigham’s Voorhees headquarters.

The Voorhees facility, as well as his five other New Jersey locations, has never been approved to perform abortions beyond 14 weeks, when the fetus becomes too big to be extracted by mechanical suction. The charges explain the reason why: The clinics do not meet state safety requirements for outpatient surgery. Brigham has no hospital privileges if a patient needs emergency care. And he does not have certification from the Board of Medical Examiners, which requires doctors doing late abortions to have “superior training.”

To skirt these rules, the charges say, Brigham exploited the complicated medical protocol used for late abortions: On the first day in Voorhees, he inserts absorbent rods to slowly widen the patient’s cervix over 24 hours, and gives the fetus a lethal injection of digoxin. On the second day in Voorhees, the patient receives a labor-inducing drug called Cytotec. Then the patient and her driver follow Brigham to the Elkton clinic, where he dismembers and extracts the fetus.

The 18-year-old – one of three patients on Aug. 13 – told investigators their hour-long car caravan to Elkton was a surprise because she had been led to believe Voorhees staff would take her to a surgery center in Philadelphia.

“Transportation in a private vehicle for completion at a distant location is dangerous to the patient,” the charges say.

Brigham falsified recovery room records to make his Elkton abortions appear to have been performed by Shepard or Walker, authorities allege.

Those records list terminations up to 33 weeks of pregnancy and payments, most ranging from about $900 to $2,600. Some patients are identified with the notation “Grace.”
Maryland has temporarily suspended Shepard‘s license for aiding Brigham. It has also suspended Nicola Riley, a Utah physician whom Brigham hired in July to work part-time. No disciplinary action has been taken against Walker.

Under Brigham‘s guidance, Riley did the abortion that left the 18-year-old with a hole in her uterus and bowel, authorities say. Riley’s three-page summary is handwritten on forms headed “Grace Medical Services.”

Maryland has few restrictions on abortions performed after the fetus is “viable” – meaning able to survive outside the womb, at about 24 weeks. It allows such abortions to preserve the mother’s health, or if the fetus has a serious abnormality.

Grace Medical’s website says it specializes in caring for women who need late abortions because of maternal or fetal health problems.

Records released Monday of three post-viability abortions show one involved a 33-week-old Down’s syndrome fetus, for which Grace Medical charged $21,900. But another case involved 25-week-old twin fetuses that the parents wanted to abort because they felt “stress” and regret that they had conceived through fertility treatment with donated sperm. In a third case, no health problems were documented – until the 20-year-old Pittsburgh woman could not go to the bathroom because of the absorbent rods.

She wound up being rushed from her hotel, in labor, to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees where she delivered a dead fetus.

Brigham has a history of doing abortions that straddle state lines. That was one of the reasons New Jersey restricted his license in 1993. He was accused of malpractice and incompetence in six abortions, including one started in his Voorhees clinic and completed in a facility he ran in New York at the time.

Brigham’s license was stripped in New York, but in New Jersey, he got it restored after three years of appeals.

Back then, the prosecutors argued that Brigham’s insertion of the absorbent cervical rods, called “laminaria,” was tantamount to doing a late abortion in Voorhees. An administrative judge ultimately disagreed, saying the rules did not address the use of dilators.

This time around, investigators have documents that show Brigham not only inserted laminaria, but injected a drug to kill the fetus and gave another drug to induce labor – all in Voorhees.
Investigators also cite the consent forms that Brigham’s patients must sign.

“Remember that your abortion really begins,” says one form, “when the laminaria is inserted into your cervix.”

And this investigative story TODAY from Operation Rescue:

Brigham Abortionist Riley Did Federal Prison Time, Records Show
• Written by Operation Rescue
• Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:40 am
Despite her Maryland suspension, Nicola Riley continues to quietly do abortion in Utah, raising concerns about the safety of women in that state

Salt Lake City, UT — Operation Rescue has obtained additional open record documents that show abortionist Nicola Riley, an employee of the notorious Stephen Chase Brigham, has a history of criminal problems that earned her a year at the U.S. Military Prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Army.

Riley made headlines when the State of Maryland suspended her medical license after a botched late-term abortion exposed her part in Brigham’s illegal scheme to circumvent abortion laws in two states. She is also accused of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine by helping Brigham do abortions at a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, where Brigham has no medical license. Brigham’s New Jersey medical license has since been suspended for illegally starting abortions as late as 36 weeks at his Voorhees, New Jersey office, then transporting his patients across state lines to Maryland where the abortions were completed.

Earlier in life, Riley appeared to have a bright future ahead of her. She attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. She was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and posted to Ft. Carson, Colorado.

In June, 1991, two soldiers under her command were convicted of credit card fraud and criminal impersonation. Riley admits she knew about the criminal activity, but did not report it in a timely manner. The delay was long enough for authorities to charge as an accessory, but it is unclear just how deeply she was actually involved in the scam.

Riley pled “no contest” and was sentenced to serve one year at the Ft. Leavenworth military prison after which she received a dishonorable discharge from the Army.
After her discharge, Riley eventually returned to school and obtained a medical degree from the University of Utah in 2002.

Operation Rescue received a redacted copy of Riley’s Utah medical license application from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing through an open records request. The 37-page document reveals that Riley submitted her application for a medical license in Utah on June 10, 2004, and was granted a license on July 14 of that same year.

Transcripts show that Riley failed the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 three times, finally passing with only five points to spare in 2002 after nearly two years of trying. It took her an additional 15 months to pass steps two and three.

Translating her scores into letter grades, she would have passed with a D grade overall.

In 2004, Riley passed her Utah Controlled Substances Law and General Law exam, with just two points above a failing score.

“In Riley, we are looking at a convicted felon who barely is qualified to practice medicine,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is not surprising that she became an abortionist. She may have not have possessed the competency for any higher calling.”

In fact, Riley appears to have gone directly into the abortion business upon licensure. She told the Maryland Board of Physicians that she trained with abortionists for a year after her licensure before taking a position as Medical Director at SMP Family Medicine, PC, where she worked under the radar for the past five years doing abortions up to 14 weeks gestation.

Rest of story here

Pro-Lifers Urge Lock Down on Shady Abortion Docs

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Pro-Lifers Urge Lock Down on Shady Abortion Docs
By Heather Sells
CBN News Reporter
Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pro-life advocates hope the recent national attention on abortion doctors will spotlight unsafe practices, and eventually put an end to them.

This week in Massachusetts, Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was sentenced in the 2007 death of his 22-year-old abortion patient Laura Smith.

Also in Maryland, authorities are investigating Dr. Steven Brigham, who’s botched abortion required an 18-year-old woman to undergo emergency surgery to repair ruptured bowels and a torn uterus.

Pro-life group Operation Rescue obtained official documents that suggest Brigham used his clinics in New Jersey to initiate abortions on patients and then took them into Maryland to complete the procedure. Pro-life advocates want criminal charges filed against him.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, spoke with CBN News about the case against Brigham.

Questions about Brigham’s abortion practices date back to 1993, when the state of New York revoked his license after he botched two late-term abortions.

Florida officials also revoked his license and Pennsylvania state authorities shut down his clinics. Still, he managed to own the American Women’s Services group, with abortion offices in New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.

New Jersey authorities may take his license away after the latest ordeal.

Records show Brigham transported the 18-year-old patient from one of his clinics in New Jersey to another in Maryland, where late-term abortion laws are more relaxed. The patient was 21-weeks pregnant. His associate, Dr. Nicola Riley, told authorities what went wrong.

“[She] testified under deposition that she first pulled an arm and then she pulled a leg off and then pulled the woman’s bowel and then spent two hours trying to repair that situation,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said.

Operation Rescue is pressuring Maryland authorities to take stronger action.

“We’re seeing abortionists being convicted, we’re seeing them go to jail,” Newman said. “We’re seeing them have to face enormous fines and that is sending a call throughout the rest of the abortion industry that when you botch an abortion, when you kill a woman, we’re going to hold you legally accountable for this.”

The National Abortion Federation is also condemning Brigham and supports the investigation of his practices. But the group maintains that the abortion industry has an outstanding safety record and that more regulations aren’t necessary.

Abortion doctor sentenced to jail for woman’s death

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, National Abortion Federation, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

9/14/2010
The Cape Code Times is Reporting

The doctor who performed an abortion on Laura Hope Smith and admitted that his actions led to her death while she was under his care was led out of Barnstable Superior Court in handcuffs this afternoon.

In addition to receiving a jail sentence for pleading guilty to the criminal charge of involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, 67, settled a civil suit and will pay $2 million to Smith’s parents, Tom and Eileen Smith of Sandwich.
Technically, Osathanondh was sentenced to two and a half years in jail, but through the plea bargain that time was reduced to six months, with release on parole after three months in the jail. Should Osathanondh be arrested or violate conditions of his probation after his release, he could be sent back to jail to serve out the entire two-year term. In addition, his sentence includes nine months home confinement during which he must wear an electronic monitoring device and cannot leave his house except in emergencies or for a pre-approved medical appointment; he can not practice medicine, cannot teach anything having to do with medical science and cannot contact the family.

The sentence also prohibits him from commenting on the case in any Internet social networking site, with Facebook specifically mentioned.

Defense attorney Paul Cirel said Osathanondh has “the most profound remorse and regret for Laura’s death for which he has taken and accepts responsibility.”

Osathanondh said nothing during his sentencing, but turned his eyes towards his victim’s parents as Tom Smith began to speak about the loss of his daughter. Osathanondh dropped his head as Smith told the court that he and his wife adopted Laura when she was 4 years old. “Laura was a delightful girl … she had a unique smile and a personality that lit up a room,”

Eileen Smith said, “Today man’s justice is being issued … the court is showing mercy.”

Smith, 22, never awoke after undergoing the procedure at the Women’s Health Center in Hyannis on Sept. 13, 2007.

Osathanondh pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday – the third anniversary of Laura Hope Smith’s death.

Last week, Maryland suspended the medical license of abortion doctor Romeo Ferrer, who killed Denise Crowe during an abortion he performed in 2006, declaring that Ferrer presented such a danger that “the public health, safety or welfare require emergency action in this case.”

This month, Maryland also suspended the medical licenses of Utah abortionist Nicola Riley and Delaware abortionist George Shepard for their participation in an illegal late-term abortion scheme that landed one woman in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. That scheme was operated by the notorious Stephen Chase Brigham, whose New Jersey license has been suspended effective Thursday. News story below:


Vicki Saporta, spokesperson National Abortion Federation contends that abortion is safe despite the facts that women are dropping like flies in injuries and deaths. Saporata, said this regarding the suspension of two additional abortion doctors involved in a serious abortion related injury in Maryland, “It is no surprise that abortion opponents are attempting to use the recent investigation of a Maryland clinic to depict abortion as unsafe and providers as unregulated. However, this case is not representative of the state of abortion care in Maryland or throughout the rest of the country….Yet, that is exactly what abortion opponents are doing. They are using this opportunity to call for more regulations on all providers in an attempt to further their goal of limiting women’s access to abortion care…Abortion providers should not be targeted for more regulations based on the troubled career of Steven Brigham.” However, earlier this week, Saporta said this, “They need to expand their investigation and look at all of the clinics he owns and operates in Maryland and determine if they, in fact, are also providing substandard care, And if so,” she added, regulators should “close them permanently.

In 1990 according to The Providence ( A Canadian Newspaper) Abortionist Steven Brigham attended a National Abortion Federation Conference, where he was quoted in the paper as stating the NAF party line that , “We believe women deserve the best care.” Old news stories also indicate that despite Brigham’s despicable behavior of botched and dangerous abortions, pro-choice supporters routinely came out to escort women into his clinics.

More on Brigham here

Pro-Life leaders are holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss these abortion clinic injuries, deaths, sentences, suspensions, and illegal activities and will call for criminal charges against the four abortionists who were suspended last week..

Today, justice was done,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who helped advise Eileen Smith after her daughter’s death and encouraged her to file complaints with the medical board and prosecutors. “Our condolences and prayers continue to be with the Smith family, who showed such an amazing strength of faith and courage throughout this ordeal.”

This conviction is an object lesson to prosecutors across the nation that abortionists can and should be held criminally accountable to the law for the sake of justice and public safety. There are abortionists out there right now who are endangering the lives of women who should be joining Osathanondh in jail. We hope today’s sentencing will encourage prosecutors to file criminal charges against abortionists who are breaking the law. Leaving these kinds of cases to the medical boards and civil courts is simply not good enough.”

Abortion doctor pleads guilty to manslaughter in patient death

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From the Boston Herald 9/13/2010

A Massachusetts [abortion] doctor has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the case of a woman who died after he performed an abortion on her.

Dr. Rapin Osathanondh (O-SATH’-an-on), entered the plea when trial began Monday in Barnstable Superior Court on Cape Cod on the third anniversary of the death of Laura Hope Smith.

Attorney David Angueira, who represents Smith’s parents in a lawsuit they filed against the doctor, says he will be sentenced Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege Osathanondh did not properly monitor the 22-year-old woman from Sandwich while she was under anesthesia and failed to call 911 in a timely manner.

Osathanondh resigned his medical license after the state Board of Registration in Medicine issued a list of charges against him.

Cape Cod online reports that,the guilty plea followed an agreement between Cape and Islands First Assistant District Attorney Brian Glenny and defense attorneys Paul Cirel and Serina Barkley of Boston.

Osathanondh faced a possible 20 years in state prison. But the recommended sentence, endorsed by prosecutor and defense, calls for less time in jail.

The Anchor reported that, Mark Crutcher, head of Life Dynamics, a Texas group whose motto is “Pro-Life: without compromise, without exception, without apology,” said it is “impossible” to know how many times this sad situation plays out in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control keep statistics, with an entire division dedicated to abortion surveillance, but those numbers are woefully inaccurate.

In one year alone, his staff of three found 16 deaths as a result of abortion while the CDC found only two.

“How could we find eight times as many with our tiny little resources, and no one is required to report to us?” he asked. “We were finding exponentially more deaths than the CDC was listing. What’s going on at the CDC is a crime.”

The CDC performs “hijinks” to make sure that abortions are not counted. In one case, Life Dynamics had an autopsy that found a Florida woman’s death was abortion-related. In that case, the abortionist had let his medical license lapse. The CDC ruled that he was not a licensed physician when he performed the abortion, making the procedure illegal. And since there is no category for illegal abortion, her death was counted as “complications of maternity.”

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A Statement issued from the victim’s mother Eileen Smith states,

There was a plea deal offered by the defendant that the Judge accepted after all day negotiations. Abortionist Rapin Osathanondh is being sentenced tomorrow at 2 PM. Any one can come and watch the sentencing. He received a 2 year sentence at the House of Corrections. He has to serve 3 months there in jail then 3 months in home confinement. His probation is for 3 years.

TODAY IS THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF LAURA’S DEATH. HOW APPROPRIATE IT SHOULD ALL END ON THIS DAY!

Looking back, Eileen told The Anchor that she saw clues that her daughter could have been pregnant, but at the time she was not able to connect the dots. “I noticed that she had put a little weight on, but I thought it was my home cooking. It wasn’t even on my radar screen that she could possibly be pregnant,” she said.

She thought raising her children in a Christ-centered home would mean that abortion would never be an option. She sees now that she was wrong.

“Before Laura died, I didn’t even know we were Pro-Life. I didn’t think you could do anything,” she said. “Now I realize that it was people like me that keep abortion legal.”

“The expression that evil abounds when good people do nothing pretty much says it all,” she added.

Now, Eileen travels all over the country, speaking at pregnancy care center banquets, churches, schools and women’s groups — telling everyone Laura’s story. She receives calls from pregnancy center employees who tell her that Laura’s story convinced another woman not to have an abortion. Sometimes she gets pictures of the babies.

Trial set in abortion homicide case

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortionist, pro-choice, pro-choice violence, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by saynsumthn

Trial set for Mass. doc in abortion patient death
By DENISE LAVOIE 2:38 PM 09/12/2010

BOSTON (AP) — Laura Hope Smith was 22 years old and 13 weeks pregnant when she went to see a Cape Cod doctor for an abortion. She was pronounced dead later that day.
Prosecutors charged the doctor with manslaughter, alleging that he failed to monitor her while she was under anesthesia, delayed calling 911 when she went into cardiopulmonary arrest, and later lied to try to cover up his actions.

Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, an obstetrician who was also a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, goes on trial Monday in Barnstable Superior Court. The trial begins on the third anniversary of Smith’s death.

Experts say it’s unusual for a doctor accused of negligence to be charged criminally. Most cases are handled through lawsuits in civil court.

“Civilly, you only need — for a doctor to be held accountable — evidence that he was careless and negligent in his care,” said Andrew Meyer, a Boston attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases.

“That would not normally be enough for a prosecutor to bring a criminal action. However, the more extreme the action, the more extraordinary the negligence, the more likely it is that it may cross over that line where it also becomes criminal.

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, whose office is prosecuting Osathanondh, would not discuss the case right before trial, but after Osathanondh was indicted in 2008, O’Keefe called his conduct “willful, wanton and reckless.”

Osathanondh, 67, resigned his medical license the same day the state Board of Registration in Medicine issued a scathing list of charges against him, alleging that he had “engaged in conduct that calls into question his competence to practice medicine.”

The board said Osathanondh did not have any means of monitoring Smith’s heart, and did not have oxygen or a functioning blood pressure cuff in the room during Smith’s abortion. The board also alleged that he “failed to adhere to basic cardiac life support protocol” and did not call 911 in a timely manner.

Osathanondh was also accused of deceiving staff members by claiming he gave Smith oxygen during the procedure and by saying that Smith was monitored by a pulse oximeter during her procedure. Neither step was taken, the board said.

2008 News Story:

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Here is the actual 911 call from the abortion clinic –

More Information here

911 Call in Death of Laura Smith

Transcript here

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(Brad Puffer, NECN) – A Cape Cod Doctor accused of manslaughter after a patient who came in for an abortion died, pleaded not guilty Thursday in court. Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was arraigned Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court. He was released on personal recognizance after surrendering his passport. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Laura Smith’s heart stopped last September while she was under anesthesia at Osathanondh’s Hyannis office. They blame willful, reckless conduct by the doctor. Osathanondh has been ordered to turn in his passport as he awaits trial.


Doctor charged with manslaughter in death of abortion patient

2008: Dr. Rapin Osathanondh indicted in the death of Laura Hope Smith

link to charges

The board alleged, among other things, that Osathanondh had placed the patient under sedation without any means of cardiac monitoring and no blood pressure cuff. The board said the doctor had no assistant who could administer sedation and monitor the patient and no assistant who could assist in resuscitating her. And it said he “failed to timely initiate a call to 911.” The board also alleged that Osathanondh had made a variety of false statements.

The board said Osathanondh tried to waken the patient after the procedure, but she did not respond. She was later transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead… Globe.
This is a link to the Board of Medicine. It shows how lax the doctor was in monitoring Laura Smith during the procedure. Osathanondh did the abortion on 22-year-old Laura Smith, who died in September at his Women’s Health Center abortion business. Eileen Smith, Laura’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Osathanondh in Barnstable Superior Court on March 10. Osathanondh, 65, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, Thailand, in 1967. He received his license to practice medicine in Massachusetts in 1974. He was a solo practitioner at the Women’s Health Center, according to the board.


In 2001 abortionist, Rapin Osathanondh, allegedly threatened death to Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses in Massachusetts. Dr. Osathanondh left Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2001 following complaints that during a staff meeting he threatened to “execute” five nurses. The nurses told Boston police that Rapin Osathanondh, head of the hospital’s family planning unit, threatened during a staff meeting to “execute people. I’m going to kill you. I’m going to execute you, Texas-style.” According to a police report, Dr. Osathanondh was angry over some forms that were missing from a nursing station. A subsequent hearing determined that there is enough evidence to pursue the nurses’ complaint as valid. He was not prosecuted for the alleged threats, according to Boston Herald reports.

Abortion doctor pleads guilty in patient abortion death

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

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(Brad Puffer, NECN) – A Cape Cod Doctor accused of manslaughter after a patient who came in for an abortion died, pleaded not guilty Thursday in court. Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was arraigned Thursday in Barnstable Superior Court. He was released on personal recognizance after surrendering his passport. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Laura Smith’s heart stopped last September while she was under anesthesia at Osathanondh’s Hyannis office. They blame willful, reckless conduct by the doctor. Osathanondh has been ordered to turn in his passport as he awaits trial.


Doctor charged with manslaughter in death of abortion patient

2008: Dr. Rapin Osathanondh indicted in the death of Laura Hope Smith

laura_smith_285A doctor has been charged with manslaughter in the death of one of his patients after an abortion procedure last year on Cape Cod, prosecutors said today.

Dr. Rapin Osathanondh has been indicted by a grand jury for manslaughter in the death of Laura Hope Smith (on right) at the Women’s Health Center on Camp Street in Hyannis on Sept. 13, Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said today.

The charges came after an investigation by the Barnstable police, State Police, and the Board of Registration in Medicine, O’Keefe said in a statement.

link to charges

The board alleged, among other things, that Osathanondh had placed the patient under sedation without any means of cardiac monitoring and no blood pressure cuff. The board said the doctor had no assistant who could administer sedation and monitor the patient and no assistant who could assist in resuscitating her. And it said he “failed to timely initiate a call to 911.” The board also alleged that Osathanondh had made a variety of false statements.

The board said Osathanondh tried to waken the patient after the procedure, but she did not respond. She was later transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead… Globe.
This is a link to the Board of Medicine. It shows how lax the doctor was in monitoring Laura Smith during the procedure. Osathanondh did the abortion on 22-year-old Laura Smith, who died in September at his Women’s Health Center abortion business. Eileen Smith, Laura’s mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Osathanondh in Barnstable Superior Court on March 10. Osathanondh, 65, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, Thailand, in 1967. He received his license to practice medicine in Massachusetts in 1974. He was a solo practitioner at the Women’s Health Center, according to the board.


In 2001 abortionist, Rapin Osathanondh, allegedly threatened death to Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses in Massachusetts. Dr. Osathanondh left Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2001 following complaints that during a staff meeting he threatened to “execute” five nurses. The nurses told Boston police that Rapin Osathanondh, head of the hospital’s family planning unit, threatened during a staff meeting to “execute people. I’m going to kill you. I’m going to execute you, Texas-style.” According to a police report, Dr. Osathanondh was angry over some forms that were missing from a nursing station. A subsequent hearing determined that there is enough evidence to pursue the nurses’ complaint as valid. He was not prosecuted for the alleged threats, according to Boston Herald reports.