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State board suspends another abortionist after woman’s death

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State board suspends Severna Park doctor
21-year-old patient died during abortion

Capital Gazette Communications
Published 09/10/10
The Maryland Board of Physicians has signed a suspension order for the Severna Park physician who came under fire earlier this year for the death of a patient during an abortion.

The state board had previously launched an investigation that found that Dr. Romeo A. Ferrer had failed to meet the standard of quality care while performing an abortion in 2006, where the 21-year-old patient died.

In June, anti-abortion groups held a news conference outside of the board’s Baltimore office and later forwarded their complaints to the county State’s Attorney’s Office. On Wednesday, the board voted to suspend Ferrar’s medical license.

On Feb. 3, 2006, the patient went to Ferrer’s office at Gynecare Center in Severna Park seeking an abortion, according to the board’s complaint. The Baltimore woman was 16 weeks pregnant and signed a form that authorized a procedure that used anesthesia and medication if necessary. Ferrer later told the board that general anesthesia is not administered there, but instead “conscious sedation,” sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep” is offered.

Shortly after the abortion was completed, the staff was unable to detect the patient’s vital signs, the complaint stated. She was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

In 2007, the woman’s estate filed a complaint with the board, claiming that Ferrer failed to properly administer pain medication and did not monitor her respiration and ventilation correctly. The Board of Physicians referred to a peer review organization to investigate, which resulted in a complaint issued on April 7.