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Ohio suspends abortionist’s license for failing to record opioid drugs in patient records

Posted in Abortionist Drug Charges, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionist Opioid, Opioid with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

(From Live Action News  written by

Not long after a Live Action News report on the closings of two Ohio abortion facilities, the Akron Women’s Medical Group and the Cleveland Women’s Medical Group, comes the news that the Ohio Medical Board has suspended the license of abortionist David Burkons, who operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, for failing to record prescriptions involving opioids and benzodiazepine drugs.

At the time this article was written, the website for the state’s medical board showed the abortion doctor’s license as “active”; however, the Columbus Dispatch reported news of the suspension:

David Burkons 2015 complaint about blank prescriptions

…[T]he state Medical Board of Ohio on Wednesday suspended for six months the medical license of Dr. David Burkons, who owns an abortion clinic in a suburb of Akron, for signing blank prescriptions and leaving them with employees to fill out and for failing to record prescriptions in patient files.

The offenses were unrelated to Burkons’ work at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Clinic in Cuyahoga Falls, and it was unclear how his suspension would affect the facility, which the doctor opened in 2014.

The actions that led to Burkons’ suspension date to 2011. Medical-board records do not reveal where the doctor was working at the time, and he did not return a message seeking comment.

According to the 2015 complaint, Burkons was accused, in part, of failing to record certain prescribed controlled substances into patient records, some being opioid medications such as Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and Percocet, which are highly addictive.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription, and in 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

 

In addition, the FDA has conducted and reviewed several studies showing that “serious risks are associated with the combined use of opioids and benzodiazepines” — drugs the Ohio abortionist also failed to record in patients’ charts, such as:

  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Burkons tried to downplay the suspension, telling Cleveland.com that his license suspension was “due to a few minor paperwork violations, none of which resulted in his prescriptions being used for ‘pill mills’.” And the media appears to be willing to make light of the accusations as well.

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The same year the state was looking into the prescription drug case involving Burkons, he was signing his name to a letter requesting that Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch investigate the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

The letter claimed that CMP “intended to vilify Planned Parenthood, and, by proxy, all abortion providers,” as part of “an unprecedented and multi-pronged assault against women’s reproductive rights….”

In 2015, Burkons was also painted as a hero by the media in an attempt to disparage abortion laws in the state of Ohio.

A report published by NPR that same year promoted the Ohio abortionist by making it sound as if the state’s licensing requirements on his abortion facility were too restrictive. The report read in part:

Burkons wanted the clinic to be personable, with minimal wait times.

Initially in his new clinic, he could only administer the pills that induce medical abortion. But this summer, after 18 months of state inspections, rejections and — finally — acceptance, he began performing surgical abortions as well…. Ohio’s laws are examples of how seemingly narrow rules can significantly curtail abortion.

According to Ohio Right to Life executive director Devin Scribner, Burkons performed abortions in other facilities besides his own.

Live Action News has previously reported on Burkons’ employment at the Capital Care Network, replacing (according to Operation Rescue) abortionist Thomas Michaelis, who was convicted of attempted gross sexual imposition, voyeurism, and public indecency in 1991.

Live Action News contributor Danny David previously detailed Burkons’ time at Planned Parenthood, writing:

From 2011-2012, during [Burkons’] time working as an abortionist for Planned Parenthood, seventeen of Burkons’ patients experienced moderate to severe complications from their abortions. His performance was so dismal, state records show that 41% of all medication abortion complications came from his office during those years.

RU-486 event under David Burkons at Planned Parenthood

In 2013, Townhall reviewed reports obtained by Ohio Right to Life, which detailed Burkons’ treatment of patients using the abortion pill RU-486 at Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio. OH RTL summarized a few of the cases this way:

Report #3: Dr. David Burkons of the Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio reports his patient was hospitalized, suffered “severe bleeding” and had to receive a transfusion.

Report #32 – Dr. Burkons reports an “infection.”

LifeSite News also documented Burkons’ Planned Parenthood history, writing:

Burkons has also been affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Bedford facility, which was recently fined $25,000 by the Ohio Department of Health for multiple violations….

LifeSite added how Burkons was “infamous for being the ‘medical’ director at Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, where 22 year-old Lakisha Wilson died on March 21, 2014, during an illegal late term abortion.”

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared at Live Action News.

State files complaint against Abortion doc once accused of threatening wife with pistol after failing to report several criminal convictions

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortionist arrested, Abortionist Domestic Violence, Abortionist Gun, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionists and Guns, Guns at abortion clinics, National Abortion Federation, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

A Michigan abortion doctor may be facing possible sanctions after failing to notify the state about several arrests and criminal convictions in violation of state law. Thomas James Gordon performs abortions at Heritage Clinic for Women, a Grand Rapids National Abortion Federation clinic which has failed to publicly distance themselves from Gordon despite Live Action News documenting his criminal history in January. Now, the state’s medical licensing board has filed a formal complaint against Gordon for failing to notify them of the convictions.

Thomas Gordon

According to a search of Michigan Corporations conducted by Live Action News, Gordon is the Registered Agent for the Heritage Clinic for Women abortion clinic. His offenses included domestic violence as well as “Weapons – Firearms – Possession Under the Influence” among other offenses. In addition, Gordon has history of domestic violence directed at his wife which should cause concern for female patients under his care.

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WZZM13, a local Grand Rapids news outlet, has reported that Gordon’s failure to report the arrests and convictions could affect his ability to practice:

“Documents we obtained show state experts are concerned the doctor’s past criminal cases could affect his ability to practice in a “safe and competent manner”.

Pro-life researcher, Lynn Mills spoke with Live Action News about the case and said that local activists who regularly pray and counsel outside Gordon’s abortion facility began noticing his absences in January and became suspicious. She provided a copy of the complaint filed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs against Gordon in early March for failing to notify the state within 30 days of a criminal conviction. Michigan state law requires that, “A licensee or registrant shall notify the department of any criminal conviction within 30 days after the date of the conviction. Failure of a licensee or registrant to notify the department under this subsection shall result in administrative action under sections 16221 and 16226.”

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Thomas J Gordon abortionist convixtion

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According to the complaint , Gordon failed to report the following criminal convictions to the state as required under the law:

April of 1992– Convicted of “Aggravated Assault” (suspended sentence – 90 days in jail a fine and 18 months probation.)

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April of 2012– Convicted of “Weapons-Firearms-Possession Under The Influence” and “Domestic Violence” (4 days in jail and 18 months probation.)

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May of 2015– Convicted of “Disorderly Person Jostling” (suspended sentence of 90 days in jail contingent of successful one year probation and fines.)

December of 2015 – Convicted of “Operating While Intoxicated” (probation of six months and ordered to pay costs and fines.)

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Even more disturbing, WZZM13 dug into the Gordon’s violent history further and discovered that he had allegedly threatened his wife with a pistol. They reported that “In 2010, Gordon’s wife Shelly filed a Personal Protection Order against him. She wrote quote:”Thomas has beat (me) several times in the past 3 years, he has even put his 45 mm pistol to my head when I was sleeping.”

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A copy of the order provided to Live Action News from local activists shows that while on a trip to Jamaica, Gordon’s wife alleges that a “layover and wrong transport made him snap.” She describes his anger against her and the hotel front desk clerk. After being escorted to her room, she described how Gordon came back to the room where she was already sleep when, according to the abortion doctor’s wife, he “started hitting me in face, body said he doesn’t like me – hit me and damage my nose…”

Abortion doc beats wife PPO

Gordon’s wife Shelly writes that she defended herself and told Gordon he had a problem and she accused him of “probably beat his first wife” adding that she had filed for divorce.

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A copy of a Kent County Sheriff Department Affidavit of Probable Cause dated November 6, 2011 provided to Live Action News paints a picture of how unstable and violent this Michigan abortionist is, reading :

    Suspect Thomas Gordon, did commit a felonious assault upon his wife, Shelly Gordon. The Gordons were involved in a verbal argument, in the finished basement of their residence. Thomas had a Kimber Combat Carry, semi auto pistol, chambered in .45 ACP, resting on the counter of a kitchenette area. The victim, Shelly Gordon, stated that she was going to go upstairs. Thomas stated “I’ll shoot you and anyone that fucks with me.” He then ran over to the counter top, picked up the pistol, racked the slide and pointed it at Shelly. Shelly then grabbed hold of the pistol and Thomas’ hand. She stated “you are not going to shoot me,” as she tried to pry the pistol from his grasp. They continued the physical struggle and Thomas fell against the wall and then on to the floor. Shelly was able to grab the gun and run upstairs. She secreted the gun under a pillow, on the upstairs couch. Shelly then ran outside and hid, where she called 911. Thomas did submit to a breathalyzer, upon arrival at the jail. This yielded the BAC results of .21. It should be noted that the magazine for the pistol, although loaded with six rounds, was not in the grip of the pistol. Shelly stated that she believed the firearm was loaded.

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The affidavit also states that the abortionist told police officers called to the scene of the incident that he is a doctor who makes $1,000,000 per year and “drinks alcohol every day.”

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Despite his violent history, the Heritage Clinic for Women website describes Gordon as possessing, “a strong sense of dedication, professionalism and integrity.” Live Action News called Heritage Clinic for Women and has verified that Gordon is still performing abortions at the center. A June 2, 2016 search of “abortion providers” listed at the NAF website reveals that the National Abortion Federation continues to refer to Heritage despite Gordon’s criminal record.

Heritage Clinic National Abortion Federatiom Gordon

In an effort to persuade authorities to take immediate action against Gordon’s ability to practice medicine, local pro-lifers have set up an online petition asking The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to act quickly to summarily suspend Gordon’s license. They are also asking concerned pro-lifers to please call Shelly Edgerton who is the Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for the state as well as Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette to voice their concern about the abortionist as well. The petition along with additional contact information can be found here. According to WZZM13, Gordon has until June 6 to respond to the complaint filed against him by the state.

Abortion doctor surrenders medical license in California

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortionist, Abortionist Threatens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by saynsumthn

It has just been revealed that an abortion doctor in California, who became abusive with two abortion patients in another state, surrendered his medical license late last year.

AGohariAccording to the document, from the Medical Board of California, two abortion patients went to the offices of Abolghassem Masud Gohari in Maryland for an abortion.

The document shows that a medical assistant at the clinic performed a sonogram on the first patient and then gave her a pill to induce an early medical abortion.

The patient was reluctant to take the pill because it was not given to her in the presence of a physician and sought treatment from another doctor.

The woman then contacted Gohari to receive a refund at which time he became extremely irate and yelled at her.

A second patient went to Gohari’s office for a surgical abortion. She was not given any counseling from Gohari nor his staff. According to the report when the patient became upset and began to cry, abortionist Gohari became belligerent, abusive and yelled at her.

Gohari’s Maryland medical license was placed on probation for a year in 2012.

In November of 2013, Gohari signed a stipulation order to surrender his California license.

Gohari also has a history of medical malpractice lawsuits, which the website AbortionDocs.Org documents here.

Florida abortionist with history of poor care sends woman to hospital

Posted in 911 calls, Abortion clinic, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion Clinics, Abortion complication, Abortionist, Abortionist loses medical license, Abortionist Medical Board, Abortionist Under Investigation with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2014 by saynsumthn

azimaIn 1985, a Sarasota newspaper reported that a local abortionists was under investigation by the state. Ali Azima who performed abortions at the Venice Women’s Health Center in Charlotte and Ft Myers reporting that Azima used alcohol to swab a woman’s vagina causing severe burns and was accused of inserting an IUD into a pregnant women.

Azima Alcohol to cleanse vagina abortion

In 1982- the charge was disposing fetal remains in the garbage:

Azima fetal Remains Abortion

In 1983, after a woman who came to Azima for an abortion had to have emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy and almost bled to death- the abortionists was found not guilty of culpable negligence:

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In 1985, Azima had his medical license suspended by the state.
1985 Florida Med Board suspends Azima License

As a result of that case, in 1984, Ali Azima was convicted for the misdemeanor of culpable negligence andordered to spend 10 days in jail:

According to Legal.com, On December 1, 1977, Azima performed an abortion on Holli Schmidt.

The next day he inserted an IUD into Schmidt.

On June 11, 1979, Schmidt visited Azima’s clinic because she was nine days late on her menstrual period and was exhibiting all of the overt signs of pregnancy. Azima found that Schmidt was not pregnant, and he did not administer any treatment.

On February 23, 1981, Schmidt again visited Azima’s clinic because she was two weeks late on her menstrual period and was exhibiting the same pregnancy symptoms as she had on her June 1979 visit. Azima performed a two-minute urine pregnancy test, which according to the testimony of several experts, is from 85% to 99% accurate. The urine test result was negative. Azima then conducted a pelvic exam, which also showed that Schmidt was not pregnant. Because of the negative pregnancy test, the negative pelvic exam, and his knowledge of Schmidt’s past history of irregular menstrual periods, Azima told Schmidt she was not pregnant. Schmidt then requested that Azima insert an IUD in her. Azima explained to Schmidt the dangers and ramifications inherent in the insertion of the IUD, then inserted one within her.

Schmidt returned to Azima’s clinic again on March 5, 1981 and told him that she was still experiencing various symptoms of pregnancy. Azima performed another two-minute urine pregnancy test and pelvic exam. Both were negative. Azima scheduled another appointment for Schmidt a few weeks later. Schmidt failed to keep the appointment and, instead, went to another doctor on April 27, 1981. That physician, on the basis of a pelvic exam, determined that she was pregnant. A few days later, Schmidt underwent an abortion. She did not suffer any physical damage to her body as a result of the insertion of the IUD inside of her while she was pregnant.

Later, the state charged Azima with the misdemeanor of culpable negligence under section 784.05(1), Florida Statutes…The jury found Azima guilty as charged. The circuit court affirmed the conviction.

10 Days in Jail Azima abortion 1984

Azima’s regular office is the Southwest Florida Women’s Center!

SW Abortio Clinic - Ali Azima

According to state record, SW was fined for various issues that are now closed:

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2009

But…wait….there is more:

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An extra one is listed here (2012)

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Since then Azima has been very busy:

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Now…Operation Rescue is reporting the following:

Florida Abortionist Harms Two Abortion Patients on Same Day, One Hospitalized
June 9, 2014 By Operation Rescue

Azima’s history of substandard abortion practices makes another case for greater oversight

By Cheryl Sullenger

Port Charlotte, FL — An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care.

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The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30′s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.”

“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate the fact that the patient suffered from a serious complication that could not be handled at the clinic,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Pro-life sidewalk counselors also noted that another abortion patient was seen earlier in the day leaving the clinic in poor condition and unable to walk on her own. No clinic staff assisted as that woman was held up by a male companion who helped her into a car. She appeared to be in significant pain, and left the scene fully reclined in her seat.

The abortion business is owned and operated by abortionist Ali Azima, who has operated in the Ft. Myers/Port Charlotte area for over 30 years.

The Venice Women’s Health Center was involved in an incident in 2012, where Azima allegedly began a late-term abortion there even though the facility wasn’t licensed for those procedures. The patient was referred to Azima’s other clinic, the Southwestern Florida Women’s Clinic (SFWC) in Ft. Myers, where the abortion was completed. A citation was issued to the SFWC over the incident.

SFWC was also cited in 2012 for multiple health and safety violations. A deficiency report indicated that the autoclave was not being properly cleaned, which made it impossible to properly sterilize surgical instruments. Inspectors also found that first trimester surgical abortion practices fell below the standard of care for such procedures. A secondary inspection found that the facility was still not in compliance with autoclave sterilization protocols.

In 1985, Azima had his medical license suspended for one year and was placed on probation for three years after a Florida Medical Board inquiry found that Azima failed to take a medical history or properly examine an abortion patient, prior to an abortion, then failed to have a pathologists examine the remains to ensure that everything had been removed. Without examining her, Azima continued to insist during subsequent visits with the patient that she was not pregnant. The woman eventually suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused her to undergo emergency surgery and hospitalization.

“Once again, we have a woman who walked into a troubled abortion business only to be carried out on a gurney,” said Newman. “Azima and his troubles are all-too-typical of abortion providers in America today and is a case in point for tighter oversight and regulation of the abortion cartel. Instead, abortionists like Azima resist laws to protect women because they know their shoddy abortion operations are incapable of meeting acceptable medical standards and practices.”

Operation Rescue has used official abortion statistics in several states to document the fact that when abortion clinics like Azima’s close, the number of abortions is reduced.

“We urge Florida to enact regulations such as those passed last year in Texas,” said Newman. “If we can pass rules that will save lives now and spare women from suffering live-threatening injuries, it is our moral duty to do so.”

Operation Rescue continues to investigate the June 3 incident.

Abortionist blames pro-lifers for license suspension despite his dismal record

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionist loses medical license, Abortionist Sexual, Abortionist Under Investigation with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2014 by saynsumthn
Abortionist Harold Alexander

Abortionist Harold Alexander

Maryland abortionist Harold Alexander is crying fowl to the news media after the state suspended his medical license.

Alexander is an abortionist who has been in trouble more than once.

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Alexander worked with notorious abortionist James Pendergraft, and Operation rescue called his most recent action a “slap on the wrist”. Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue said that Harold O. Alexander was operating an illegal late term abortion clinic along with Pendergraft while on probation for botched abortions and improper sexual advances.

During this time, the state had passed regulations requiring abortion clinics to be licensed. When Operation Rescue discovered Alexander’s clinic was never licensed, they filed a complaint with Medical Board and Board of Health Care Quality, who performed an inspection and confirmed the information. The state also found that Alexander was using unlicensed personal to do anesthesia and wasn’t monitoring women in recovery. As a result in the most recent action, Alexander has received a three month suspension and supervised three year probation.

ABC7’s news team spoke to the abortionist, “The pro-life element has targeted me, and they continue to target me,” Alexander said.

Any physician who performs abortions in the United States is likely to be a target of this far-right element,” Alexander told ABC7.

But, a review of the Maryland Board of Physicians website states Alexander’s license was suspended for “unprofessional conduct,” and states he “trained employees to administer sedating medications…[and] neither were licensed.” (read order here)

Alexander denies the allegations.

Never, never happened. Was not true,” he said. “I have never in 30 years of practicing – I have never allowed anyone who was not licensed to administer any type of intravenous medication.”

2014 Suspencion

Operation Rescue has responded to the accusations by Alexander here.

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Here is how Operation Rescue reported the April 2014 Medical Board Action:

Maryland abortionist Harold O. Alexander has once again had his medical license suspended for three months, according to a consent order issued by the Maryland Board of Physicians (MDBP) on April 16, 2014. The suspension is Alexander’s second in two years and is related to his operation of an illegal unlicensed abortion facility. He will also have to serve three years of probation.

The Board found Alexander was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” and violating a previous consent order. The first year of his probation, Alexander is barred from the solo practice of medicine and must only work under the supervision of a Board-approved physician, who must file monthly reports on Alexander’s medical practices with a disciplinary panel of the MDBP.

“The fact that Alexander will be back in business in three months is ludicrous. This man has proved again and again that he is not fit to practice medicine and has no regard for the laws and regulations that govern the practice of medicine in Maryland, much less the safety of his patients,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Read rest here


OCTOBER 2013 ACTION

haroldalexanderThe Maryland Board of Physicians issued a “cease and desist” order on Friday, October 25, 2013, to Harold O. Alexander, of Forestville, Maryland, ordering him to stop performing abortions and stop administrating certain drugs, including sedation.

Operation Rescue investigations confirmed that Alexander was operating an unlicensed abortion clinic, Integrated Ob/Gyn, last June. A recorded undercover phone call made to Moore ObGyn, which shares an office with Integrated ObGyn, revealed that Alexander was conducting abortions four days per week – mostly in the evenings – and that he was charging women an extra $100 per abortion for pain relief. Those who could not afford the extra fee had to endure the excruciating pain of a surgical abortion.

Operation Rescue turned the documentation it obtained over to a local pro-life activist that ensured that it reached the hands of the appropriate authorities then published a report concerning its findings. [Read the report here.]

“Alexander’s cease and desist order represents a huge victory for Operation Rescue as well as for women and their pre-born babies that were endangered by Alexander’s shoddy abortion practices,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This represents over two and a half years of work by our investigative staff and validates our allegations against Alexander, who we consider a danger to the public.”

As a result, the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality inspected Alexander’s office on Monday, October 21, 2013, and discovered that not only was Alexander’s abortion business unlicensed, but he was allowing unqualified “Med Aids” to administer IV drugs and sedation in violation of Maryland Code Regulations, which requires such medications be administered only by a physician or qualified nurse anesthetist. Alexander’s practices mirror those of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted earlier this year of three counts of murder and hundreds of other abortion-related crimes.

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This is the same abortionist who was censured for making inappropriate sexual comments to his abortion patients, something the abortion industry turns a blind eye to because it has become so prevalent:

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Planned Parenthood Doc under scrutiny worked other Planned Parenthood abortion clinics

Posted in Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood Employee Testifies against them with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by saynsumthn

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According to USA today, an abortionist who is under scrutiny in Delaware also works for Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania and New Jersey:

TIMOTHY FOUCH LIVERIGHT currently is licensed to practice only in Pennsylvania, where he said he has worked at Planned Parenthood in West Chester and clinics in Philadelphia. He is not currently practicing medicine there, he said.

He once worked for Planned Parenthood in Trenton, N.J., Liveright said, but he let his license expire in 2011. Agency officials in those states would not comment on Liveright. And Third Age has him listed as Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area.

And the state of California has him listed there as license. Actually according to Healthgrades, Liveright is working at Planned Parenthood, San Jose if you match the addresses at both websites.

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According to Triage Health– Liveright also worked at Planned Parenthood Dover Center in Dover, De. and This website says he worked at 40 E Delaware AveNewark DE 19716 ..but if you look up 140 E Delaware Ave Newark DE 19711 – you get a Planned Parenthood in Newark, DE.

Vitals shows several locations where Liveright is listed

201 29th St Ste B Sacramento, CA 95816 is Planned Parenthood B Street Health Center in Sacramento, Ca.

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1866 B St Hayward, CA 94541 goes to Planned Parenthood Central Hayward Health Center, Hayward Ca.

7200 Bancroft Ave Ste 210 Oakland, CA 94605 shows a Yellow Page listing for Planned Parenthood Oakland, Ca

815 Eddy St Ste 100 San Francisco, CA 94109 Shows a Super Pages listing for Planned Parenthood San Francisco formerly known as Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.

In Florida his license has been voided.

By his own account, Timothy Liveright has performed about 50,000 abortions across the country over nearly three-plus decades, most recently for Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

He even played an abortion doctor in a 2010 movie starring Hollywood heavyweights Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Last week, though, Liveright, 68, found himself under scrutiny in Delaware as nurses criticized his practices and behavior during a packed state Senate hearing, and state officials formally accused him of incompetence and misconduct that put patients in danger.

He now lives on a farm near Allentown, Pa., and for the past few years Liveright flew his single-engine plane to Delaware about once a week to work at clinics in Wilmington and Dover. He’d perform as many as 30 abortions a day, he said, making about $60 per procedure and from $5,000 to $10,000 a month, depending on demand.

Liveright’s work in Delaware came to an abrupt end in April after the state began a second round of investigations in less than a year into complaints that his practices were sloppy and his behavior strange.

Liveright said he often worked for nonprofits and before becoming an abortionist had treated the homeless and patients with AIDS, explaining that he was an advocate of “social medicine.”

When he came to Delaware in late 2002, he worked for Planned Parenthood. He said the experience was rewarding but he let his license lapse in 2005 while he worked for their clinics in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “I love the organization,” he said.

He returned to Delaware in 2009 after renewing his license, and usually flew every Friday to New Castle County Airport for a day of work at the Wilmington clinic.

It was during this period that he made a brief appearance in the movie, “Blue Valentine,” playing an abortionist. In his one scene, Liveright begins giving the character played by Michelle Williams an abortion, but she decides she doesn’t want to go through with it and leaves the treatment room.

During his second stint in Delaware, Liveright said, Planned Parenthood was beset by “a rather tumultuous administrative set of headaches.”

The Wilmington clinic’s practices also left much to be desired, he said. “I’ve been around, and this place was definitely less well-organized than other places I’ve been,” he said. “A lot of it was management was not at the top of their game.”

Liveright also questioned the judgment of state regulators who investigated allegations by former clinic nurses Joyce Vasikonis and Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich about him and the clinic. They cleared him late last year of any wrongdoing but now consider him a danger, an action he labeled “double jeopardy.”

BACKSTORY:

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint Thursday against former Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Timothy F. Liveright, citing him for unprofessional, incompetent and negligent conduct during his practice at the Wilmington clinic and calling him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.”

Contacted by phone Thursday evening, Liveright, 68, said such charges were “scandalous” for the state to make.

Liveright, who last month voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Delaware, performed abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Shipley Street. He called the complaint “double jeopardy,” noting that similar complaints were investigated and dismissed last fall.

“It’s pure bullshit,” he said. “They’re jumping on whatever they can jump on. I don’t know what their agenda is, but I don’t think I’m a danger to the public.”

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According to the complaint, Liveright was reprimanded by Planned Parenthood of Delaware for “unprofessional, disrespectful, and inappropriate” conduct that included “yelling, screaming, and cursing” in front of employees and patients and sexual harassment of female employees.

The state also charged Liveright with incompetence and negligence related to abortions he performed on five patients from Feb. 12 to March 13 of this year.

Liveright has 20 days to respond to the complaint, according to James Collins, director of the Division of Professional Regulation. The Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline will hear the case or refer it to an administrative hearing officer for recommendation.

Read formal complaint filed by the Delaware Department of Justice on May 30, 2013 concerning Dr. Timothy Liveright who worked for Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware !

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Collins said the board has several sanctions available, including license revocation, a fine, suspension, probation and reprimand.

Specifically, the complaint cited Liveright for:

• Oversedating patients

• Performing unnecessary suction procedures

• Failing to properly assess a patient’s airway, lungs and heart prior to administering sedation

• Failing to properly assess patients

• Failing to properly administer oxygen

• Failing to adequately document procedures and results of procedures in patient charts

• Failing to consider alternative treatments

• Causing at least one perforation during surgery

• Failing to properly supervise resident physicians during procedures

• Failing to act with due competence and diligence to avoid unnecessary complications, resulting in patients requiring emergency hospital treatment

Liveright said his attorney will go “full force ahead” in his response to the complaint.

“They’re beating the same drum,” he said. “It’s an echo. They feel they have to do something – but it’s already been done.”

The state started the investigation earlier this year when several emergencies arose after abortions Liveright performed at the Wilmington clinic. A small cadre of anti-abortion protesters witnessed the arrival of ambulances and raised questions. Two former Planned Parenthood nurses then came forward with complaints they had filed in 2012 against the doctor and clinic.

Liveright left the staff of Planned Parenthood in late March. In April, he sent a letter to the Division of Professional Regulation, saying he had “retired from practicing medicine in Delaware and [had] no intentions of ever seeking practice there in the future,” according to the complaint.

“He is still accountable for any actions that may have occurred while he was licensed here,” Collins said. “He is still subject to sanctions.”

Liveright has performed abortions in several states across the country, but several of those medical licenses are no longer in effect. He still is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. When asked if he was practicing there, Liveright said, “None of your business.”

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Timothy Liverrite

PP Baltimore Jane Mitchel WDelaware Planned Parenthood staffer RN Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, , who worked at Planned Parenthood Delaware’s Dover and Wilmington clinics for 3-1/2 months in 2012, spoke to Jill Stanek and revealed many troubling aspects of the abortion clinic she walked out of.

Jane claims she sent documentation and letters of complaint about the abortion clinic to Planned Parenthood who ignored them.

Other incidents, excerpted from a letter Jane wrote to her bosses (with slight grammatical editing):

“During a procedure that another doctor was performing, Dr. Liveright entered the room to see how things were proceeding. The doctors had a conversation regarding the faulty equipment in front of the patient…. After the doctors finished their conversation, Dr. Liveright struck the patient’s right lateral thigh with force with his opened hand, stating ‘BREATHE!’ The patient, shocked and puzzled, looked at me as if to say, ‘What is he doing?’ I suggested that Dr. Liveright must have some sort of unusual technique to help distract patients from the discomfort of the procedure. The patient looked at me, rolled her eyes, held my hand tight, and tried to relax and concentrate on her breathing. That is when Dr. Liveright peeks around the curtain (as he had not exited the room) and plays peek-a-boo with the patient. The patient then rolls her eyes and shakes her head stating, ‘He’s not right.’ The entire time this is happening, the other doctor is continuing to dilate the patient! I then stated, ‘Goodbye Dr. Liveright,’ as I pulled the curtain around his head….”

“Sexual harassment: I have noted Dr. Liveright inappropriately look up and down patients as well as staff members in a sexual kind of way. He actually stands back with a grin and slowly directs his eyes up and down a patient’s body.”

Jayne said management told her Liveright had previously been disciplined for sexual harassment against a staff member.

Jayne’s letter also described Liveright as a racist in a bizarre incident with an African-American patient:

Dr. Liveright enters the room… and states… ‘Did you know that the Belgians took over Africa and did really bad things?’…. He continues to carry this conversation on with himself while he roughly dilates and then belittles the patient…. (by the way, a patient that is crying and holding on to my hand tight, as I try to distract her from him)…. He states, ‘The United States does the same thing. Did you know that?’ The patient, with tears falling down her cheeks, shakes her head, indicating, ‘No,’ which Dr. Liveright replies, ‘I didn’t think you’d know anything about that. Yup, the United States is a big bully.’”

Jane is one of two former employees of Planned Parenthood Delaware – both registered nurses – have publicly called for investigations into the operation’s practices.

What I believe should happen is that Planned Parenthood should no longer be self-regulated,” said Joyce Vasikonis, a Dover nurse who also worked at the Wilmington site. Vasikonis was interim surgical services manager when she resigned last August.

Vasikonis describes herself as “radically pro-abortion,” but said she could not continue to work under the conditions she saw.

According to the Washington Post, the two nurses testified at a state Senate hearing about problems at the facility.

“He was a very small part of it,” nurse Joyce Vasikonis said Thursday about Liveright. “The biggest issue for me was sterility. The staff didn’t know how to maintain sterility from beginning to end.”

Vasikonis, who worked at the clinic from October 2011 to August 2012, said Liveright often failed to wear sterile gloves during abortions, but that she never saw any problems with the actual physical procedures themselves.

She also said she never saw Liveright yelling or cursing, but that she did witness an incident of sexual harassment. That incident involved Liveright teasing a young female intern about a cellphone photograph of a pierced penis that he and another male employee were looking at.

Liveright said the two nurses had legitimate concerns — not about him, but about Planned Parenthood.

“Planned Parenthood is partly to blame for all of this,” he said. “They’ve allowed this circus to continue. It’s partly because they never listened to these women to begin with.”

Liveright promised to clear his name but said he bears no ill will toward the agency.

“Women are taken care of. Abortions are done,” he said. “A couple of complications, but by and large no problem. People can complain about nit-picky stuff and the nurses were on a rampage because no one would listen within the organization.”

Despite the unwelcome allegations and the fact that he thinks Planned Parenthood has “blackballed me,” Liveright said he would consider working for them again.

Medical license suspended on NJ doc who botched several abortions

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N. J. abortion doctor temporarily suspended
By Marie McCullough
Inquirer Staff Writer 10/14/2010

TRENTON – The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners on Wednesday temporarily suspended the license of abortion doctor Steven Chase Brigham, ruling that the Voorhees-based entrepreneur is “a clear and imminent danger to the public health and safety.”

Brigham, the board said, “has consistently and repetitively engaged in manipulative and deceptive behavior . . . to eviscerate the protections afforded New Jersey patients.”
The board sided with the state Attorney General’s Office, which is prosecuting that case, in concluding that Brigham initiated late-term abortions in Voorhees and completed them in his facility in Elkton, Md., because “he could not qualify to provide those abortions in New Jersey.” The board also concluded that Brigham routinely and purposely had kept patients in the dark about where their abortions would take place, and who would do the surgery.

Brigham scribbled furiously as the decision was read aloud shortly before 10 p.m., and a tiny smile briefly appeared on his lips.

His lawyer, Joseph Gorrell, immediately asked that the case be appealed on an expedited basis to the Office of Administrative Law. The board declined to ask for expedited treatment, but said it would ask that the case be heard as soon as possible.

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.

Brigham is under investigation in Maryland for criminal and regulatory offenses, and faces tax problems with the IRS. He has the rare distinction of being disliked by both sides of the abortion debate. Even many supporters of the procedure view him as a rogue doctor.

Much of Wednesday’s hearing, which began at 1 p.m. and lasted past 9, reprised issues raised in the mid-1990s when Brigham also faced licensing problems.
At issue was whether Brigham would keep his New Jersey medical license.

The board, which regulates doctors, was considering whether Brigham had falsified medical records, misled patients in advertisements, and endangered them by starting late-term abortions in his Voorhees clinic, which does not meet outpatient-surgery standards, and then finishing those procedures in Elkton.

The board rejected the request of Gorrell, of Roseland, that the case be dismissed because the board had already ruled in two cases in the 1990s that the doctor’s actions were legal.
The medical board found that the differences between the current and earlier cases were “substantial.”

Brigham was alternately portrayed as a dangerous scofflaw and a conscientious caregiver in dueling presentations at the hearing’s start.

Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig said the abortion doctor was “grossly negligent” for transporting some patients to Maryland to take advantage of disparities in the two states’ abortion laws.

Brigham insisted that he didn’t need a Maryland license because he was merely consulting in the Elkton clinic. But he acknowledged that “I did the care.”

He said George Shepard, an 88-year-old OB-GYN who worked for Brigham, would simply come into the operating room, say hello to the patient, and stand there during the procedure. “He would ask me questions so we were engaging in consultation,” Brigham recalled.

Under questioning from a board member, Brigham said Shepard had had a mild stroke and was unable to use one of his arms. So he probably could not have done any surgery.

Brigham was asked if he had a cutoff for doing late-term abortions. He said the latest case he had done was 36 weeks – 38 weeks is full term – because the fetus had a lethal defect. He said patients seeking a third-trimester abortion had to fill out an application explaining their or their fetus’ health problems that necessitated the abortion.

However, his clinic’s records showed that a woman who was 25 weeks pregnant with twins conceived through in-vitro fertilization had sought an abortion because she and her husband were embarrassed that they had used donated sperm.

A board member asked why, when he could do a late abortion in a hospital or an ambulatory-care facility, did Brigham find it necessary to “schlep patients to other states for the procedure?”

“If the board said, ‘Don’t do that,’ I wouldn’t do that,” Brigham said, referring to his two-state procedure. “I only did these things because I thought I had the approval of the New Jersey medical board.”

Brigham said he was not sure whether his New Jersey malpractice insurance covered him in Maryland. He said, “I think I have malpractice” coverage, but couldn’t be more definitive.
In his direct testimony, Brigham was mostly poised and deferential. Wearing a gray pin-striped suit, red tie, and white shirt, the Columbia University medical school graduate talked confidently and displayed a passing resemblance to actor Greg Kinnear.

Just before the closing arguments, Brigham begged the board members not to let their feelings about abortion color their decision. “This is a very incendiary issue,” he said. “I would just ask you to recognize the efforts I’ve made over 24 years to comply with the board’s rules.”

The case against Brigham arose after an 18-year-old New Jersey woman who was 21 weeks pregnant suffered life-threatening injuries during an abortion in August that Brigham oversaw in Elkton. She had to be airlifted to a Baltimore hospital for emergency surgery to repair her uterus and bowel. She and the surgeon subsequently filed complaints against Brigham, according to documents released by investigators.

The first two witnesses Wednesday – obstetricians Gary Mucciolo of New York City and Rengan Rajan from Philadelphia – defended the care that Brigham provided.
Mucciolo said it wasn’t risky to send patients an hour away to Brigham’s clinic in Elkton after initiating the abortion in Voorhees.

And loading an injured patient at the Elkton clinic into a car and driving her to the hospital was not dangerous, either, he said, because she was stable and not bleeding.
Mucciolo said the abortions described in the charges against Brigham had been performed “the way they are typically and safely done.”

And he praised Brigham for going to a patient’s hotel room at midnight to treat her for abdominal pain and urinary obstruction. He also acknowledged under questioning from Warhaftig that Brigham might have done so to keep the woman from going to the hospital and alerting authorities about what had happened.

Rajan also testified that Brigham had met the “standard of care” in the abortions he performed. Rajan, who served as the director of a Philadelphia abortion clinic in May, was asked to explain why he had left that affiliation off his resume.

“You won’t get promotions. You pay a price for serving women,” he said. “We have created a major crisis. There are very few doctors trained to do abortions.”

For Brigham, the hearing Wednesday covered familiar ground. He defended himself against some of the same charges he faced in the mid-1990s. Brigham has spent much of his 20-year career fighting lawsuits and disciplinary actions in multiple states.

Pennsylvania in July barred him from owning clinics here because he persistently employed unlicensed caregivers; he is appealing that ruling.