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Abortion doc sells clinic interests to director with sexual abuse history

Posted in Abortion and Sexual Assault, Abortion clinic, Abortionist, Abortionist loses medical license, Abortionist Sexual, Brigham, National Abortion Federation with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by saynsumthn

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:

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    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.

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Kaji’s sexual abuse was documented by the website abortiondocs.com :

    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:

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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.

Vikram Kaji sexual abuse

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:

Brigham and NAF

NAF pretends that Brigham and Kaji are rare exceptions, I maintain they are not and document general abuse including sexual abuse by the abortion industry here.

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.

Media rushes to say Abortion Doc who’s last License was revoked was “Vilified”

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist loses medical license, Abortionist Medical Board, Brigham, Media Bias, RH Reality Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by saynsumthn

What happens when both pro-life and pro-choice groups are calling for authorities to investigate an abortion doctor and the media does not get the memo?

The media’s pro-abortion bias shows thru- that’s what !!!

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When the notorious abortion doctor, Steven Brigham’s last medical license was revoked this week, the media, in their all-to-swift attempt to defend all things abortion labeled Brigham a “vilified doctor.”

The headline originated with the AP who tweeted the original story: Vilified abortion doctor’s last license pulled:

AP Villified Brigham

The AP Story quickly spread online to other media outlets. But as the day progressed, the media must have realized their error in labeling an abortionist whose horrific conduct was exposed by pro-lifers and allegedly by reproductive rights people a “vilified” doctor- they quickly changed their tune:

Here is a cached version from one news outlet which already changed their headline:

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Did the AP even know that the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners had noted that Brigham betrayed the trust of the women he exploited?

Apparently, at the time of their original release, calling the abortionist vilified, the AP was unaware that pro-choice groups had “vilified” Brigham for years with abortion blogs like RH Reality Blog calling him “Rogue.” ( Of course, I dismantle the fact that Brigham was Rogue, as they suggest here, if you care to read it.)

RH Reality ROGUE Abortionist

In the article I mention above, written by Sharona Coutts, RH Realty Blog’s Director of Investigations and Research calls Brigham an abortionist with a checkered history, “The claim is the latest in a slew of allegations leveled against Dr. Steven C. Brigham, whose checkered history of harming patients and flouting laws has led several states to suspend or revoke his medical license,” she writes.

RH Reality Rogue Brigham abortion July 2013

There, she links to another article she penned in 2013, entitled, For Decades, Authorities Let Rogue Abortion Provider Harm Women, Despite Pleas From Legitimate Doctors, where she attempts to convince her readers that Brigham was so dangerous that even the abortion community called for investigations.

She writes, “In numerous complaints, emails and phone calls over a period of more than two decades, legitimate abortion providers from New Jersey and neighboring states alerted authorities to Brigham’s dangerous conduct, furnishing warnings they say went largely unheeded. Doctors provided copies of many of these complaints, as well as extensive logs of their calls, to RH Reality Check.

“An investigation by RH Reality Check shows that New Jersey officials responsible for overseeing healthcare in that state could have prevented injuries to this and subsequent patients, had they acted on warnings about Brigham that predicted this exact scenario.

“If they had listened right in the beginning and taken appropriate action, I think these harms would have been prevented,” Jen Boulanger, a clinic administrator who has spent years amassing complaints about Brigham and his associates, told RH Reality Check. “I think state agencies were afraid of raising eyebrows about abortion, but they just should have handled it like they do any other field of medicine.”

Teddy Wilson, another author from the radically pro-abortion blog, uses the same “Rogue” terminology when he describes Brigham as having, “a troubling past, and has been under investigation by state authorities for medical practices that have pushed the boundaries of ethics and the law.”

In the August 2014, article, Wilson goes on to describe Brigham’s abysmal record, “In August 2010, an 18-year-old patient was left with major internal injuries after what was supposed to have been a routine surgical abortion performed by a Brigham-affiliated clinic. The doctor who performed the emergency surgery on her at a Baltimore hospital contacted the authorities, leading to a raid of the clinic by law enforcement, who found fetal remains in freezers.

“Brigham’s medical privileges were suspended in 2010 when the Board of Medical Examiners found that “his continued practice presents a clear and imminent danger.”

In November 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Facility Licensure and Certification issued an order against Philadelphia reproductive health clinic Integrity Family Health for failing to disclose an affiliation with American Women’s Services.

“The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that in the 86-page decision, Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin wrote that Brigham’s “past conduct is troubling.”

So, I suspect, that after the media was wholly embarrassed by their attempt to make Brigham a victim, they revised their headlines to this: Abortion doctor has final medical license revoked

AP revised Brigham Headline

And the AP may have sent out a memo, because several other media outlets republishing the AP story have also changed their titles removing the word “Vilified” !

The Minneapolis Star Tribune went from this:
Villified Doctor

To this:

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The Stamford Advocate did the same:

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That trend continued, although the cached versions of some of these do not exist, the link takes you to articles with a different headline:
Vilified Brigham Google

And, some have not received the memo to eliminate the term “Vilified” yet:

Asbury Park Press Vilified Brigham

What is the take-away from all this? Well, in my humble opinion, this more than proves that when it comes to abortion and the safety of women, the pro-abortion media already has their tagline – don’t blame the abortion industry- Blame pro-life people – end of story.

Only, in this case, they made fools of themselves doing it!

Abortionists to be extradited to Maryland to face murder charges for late term abortions

Posted in Abortion clinic covers sexual abuse, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by saynsumthn

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A Salt Lake City doctor has been arrested for allegedly performing late-term abortions in New Jersey and Maryland.

Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, was arrested Wednesday night on murder charges for allegedly performing numerous late-term abortions in New Jersey and Maryland, including one botched abortion in 2010. The case is the first of its kind in Maryland; the two doctors have been charged for a fetal homicide statute.

“They have been indicted based upon a fetal homicide statute.This is probably the first case that Maryland has ever seen with this factual scenario using this statute. It’s a unique situation,” Maryland State Attorney Ellis Rollins told Reuters in an interview.

Riley, a family physician, was hired by Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, to help perform late-term abortions. Investigators say those abortions were started in New Jersey then the pregnant women drove themselves across state lines to Maryland where the abortions were completed. Investigators believe the abortions were completed in Maryland because the state’s abortion law is less restrictive than in nearby states.

“They would start the abortions up in New Jersey, inject them with saline to kill the fetus, then bring them down in vans the next day to complete the abortion,” said Nancy Jacobs, Maryland State Senator.

Investigators believe Brigham hired Riley because she is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Maryland while he is not.

The investigation into the abortions began when an 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant was hospitalized after a botched abortion; her uterus was ruptured and bowels extended. She had to undergo immediate surgery.

“They didn’t call 911; she was bleeding profusely. They stuck her [the mother] in their car [and] they drove up to the hospital and wouldn’t enter the hospital,” said Maryland State Sen. Nancy Jacobs.

After the failed abortions, police in Elkton, Maryland, searched Riley’s clinic and found a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one possibly aborted at 36 weeks — nearly full-term.

Riley was arrested late Wednesday in her East Bench home. She has been charged with one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Her license to practice medicine has been suspended in Maryland but is still active in Utah.

“’Regarding Dr. Riley’s arrest, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing has no comment but the division continues to monitor Maryland’s case against Dr. Riley and will carefully review the details as it moves forward to see if any further determination needs to be made from our end,” said Jennifer Bolton.
Dr. Riley signed an agreement not to perform abortions in Utah while the Maryland investigation runs its course. She is charged with murder and conspiracy.

Riley’s lawyer in Maryland was not available for comment

MORE HERE

Two abortionists arrested and charged with murder in Pennsylvania

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortion complication, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Late term abortion, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , on December 29, 2011 by saynsumthn

12/29/2011

Two doctors are facing murder charges in connection with a botched August 2010 abortion procedure at a secret Elkton facility.

Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Voorhees, N.J. was arrested in Camden, N.J. by homicide detectives there on Wednesday night. He remained in the Camden County Jail on Thursday awaiting an extradition hearing.


Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City, Utah was arrested by the Unified Police Department in Utah on Wednesday night. She, too, awaited an extradition hearing on Thursday at the Salt Lake City Jail.

Brigham is facing five counts of first-degree murder, five counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree conspiracy to murder, according to the Circuit Court Indictment Warrant.

Riley, meanwhile, is facing one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy to murder.

The charges stem from fetuses found by the Elkton Police Department following a search and seizure of the clandestine High Street location.

According to Operation Rescue: Brigham operated a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, even though he had no license to practice in that state. He hired Riley to do late-term abortions there and at his abortion clinic in Baltimore. Brigham would start the late-term abortions at his office in New Jersey, then caravan the laboring women to Elkton where the abortions would be completed. The clandestine abortion scheme was discovered after a woman suffered a life-threatening botched abortion in August, 2010. When police raided the Elkton abortion clinic, they discovered the remains of 35 aborted baby, one of which was 33 weeks gestation. (Read more about this.)

Operation Rescue immediately organized grassroots efforts calling for charges against Brigham and Riley and worked behind the scenes to ensure that the case moved forward. Operation Rescue dug deeper and discovered that Riley had lied about her criminal background to gain licensure in three states. At the time of their arrests, Brigham and Riley were banned from doing abortions in any state.

“We have worked for over a year to make sure Brigham and Riley were brought to justice. We kept the story in the public eye, and followed up with police and prosecutors. This is a victory for the pro-life movement,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Unlicensed circuit riding abortion doc halted in Maryland

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by saynsumthn

Pennsylvania physician cited for allegedly performing abortions in Elkton without Maryland medical license
By Jacob Owens
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Maryland Board of Physicians issued a cease-and-desist order last week to a doctor who allegedly performed abortions in Elkton without a state medical license.

Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, who owns a chain of abortion clinics named American Women’s Services, has been using a rental property at 126 E. High St. in Elkton to perform procedures, according to the medical board.

In its order, the board said it “has probable cause to believe” Brigham is not, and has never been, licensed to practice medicine in Maryland.

However, according to the board, he has performed as many as three abortions a week in Elkton, for several months prior to the cease-and-desist order being issued Aug. 25.

Brigham has been observed performing surgical procedures on approximately 50 occasions in Maryland at the Elkton location since January 2010,” according to the legal order issued by the board, which details procedures as late as Aug. 20.

According to the board, one procedure “initiated” somewhere outside of Elkton on Aug. 13 “had to be completed on an urgent basis.”

“Brigham then followed the patient in an automobile as the patient, under his instructions, traveled to Elkton for the completion of the procedure,” according to the order. “In Elkton, the patient was admitted, as planned, to a clinic owned by Brigham for the completion of the procedure. He directed the surgical procedure that took place at his clinic on that date.

Contact information for Brigham’s Elkton office is not listed, nor is it listed as a facility on the American Women’s Services’ website.

Brigham has faced a long list of accusations, violations and punishments in several states throughout his career.

In 1994, New York revoked his medical license after a review board found him guilty of three acts of gross negligence and 10 counts of negligence involving two late-pregnancy abortions.

In July, the Pennsylvania Department of Health ordered Brigham to shut down four of his clinics in that state for repeatedly employing unlicensed caregivers, the Inquirer reported.

Brigham’s American Women’s Services facilities perform about 3,600 abortions a year in Pennsylvania, according to state records reviewed by the Inquirer.

Cecil County Health Officer Stephanie Garrity said she had never heard of Brigham before she was notified of the board’s order late last week.

Union Hospital spokeswoman Kathryn McKinney said Brigham has no ties there.

In Maryland, state law requires abortions to be performed by a licensed physician. If the patient is an unmarried minor, the physician must give notice to a parent or guardian before performing an abortion. That notice may be waived, however, if the physician deems the “minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to an abortion,” or if notification would lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor.

According to the pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue: The order, dated August 25, 2010, indicates that Brigham has been practicing illegally in Maryland since January, 2010.

It referred to an incident that occurred on August 13, 2010, where Brigham had begun a surgical procedure presumed to be an abortion, since that is the sole focus of his business. However, something went wrong and Brigham instructed the woman to travel to his abortion clinic in Elkton to complete the procedure “on an urgent basis.”

“The health of Maryland patients is being endangered by the Respondent’s unlicensed practice of medicine in this State,” the order read.

The Maryland locations involved are located in Baltimore, Cheverly, Fredrick, College Park, and Elkton. Currently, all the clinics remain open and staffed by other abortionists.

Brigham operates a number of abortion mills in several states under the name American Women’s Services.

Brigham has been under investigation and discipline throughout his entire 20-year career. He voluntarily retired his medical license in Pennsylvania while under investigation just six years after graduating from medical school. Since then, Brigham had medical licenses revoked in New York and Florida, and received disciplinary action in California and New Jersey. He served 120 days in jail in 1998 for Medicaid fraud.

A judge once ordered him to stop advertising his abortions as “painless” and “safe.”

The only thing that will stop Brigham from committing illegal abortions that endanger the lives of women is to toss him in jail for a long time,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “Traditional means of discipline simply don’t work with this guy. He has found that he can get away with just about anything without much more than a slap on the wrist. The only way to protect women from Brigham’s predatory and unsafe abortion business is to criminally charge him and order all his mills closed. We plan to file a complaint with the authorities and demand criminal charges before the end of the week.”