Kermit Gosnell, the PA abortionist who's now serving time for murder. I think most people have the impression that Gosnell is an aberration, and that most abortion workers are actually professional, kind people. Certainly that is how they are portrayed in the media - "saints in surgical garb" who are beleaguered by the evil anti-choice criminals.
As you may know I go to pray once a week in front of an abortion clinic. I think it's time to introduce you to the staff at a "good" abortion clinic (as opposed to Gosnell's house of horrors). Here's a link to the web page for the clinic, showing it's impressive list of credentials. Must be a great place! [throughout this post, emphasis mine].
Our mission is to provide safe medical care in a kind, caring, compassionate atmosphere, while fully complying with all applicable standards, guidelines, statutes, and regulations.
Our physicians are experienced Healthcare Providers who are devoted to providing quality reproductive health care services for women.So let's meet this wonderful staff! The clinic is owned by abortionist Steven Brigham. Brigham had his NJ license suspended in 2010 as he faced murder charges in MD. As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer:
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.”The issue was that Brigham would start late term abortions in NJ, then drive the women down to MD to finish them, exploiting disparities between the two states' laws to kill viable babies. You see, he could practice in NJ, but could not kill late term babies here. In MD he had no license to practice. So the solution was to start a medical procedure, then load the women in a van and drive them 4 hours with the dead babies inside them, where another doctor's name and license would be used to remove the bodies.
Some of the legal wrangling hinged upon whether the abortion consisted of injecting the babies and killing them (which happened in NJ), or the removal of the dead corpses (which happened in MD). Ultimately Brigham was arrested in NJ and extradited to MD where he faced charges - five counts each of first and second degree murder. As Reuters reported:
The scheme was only discovered when one of the abortions was botched and a woman was abandoned in critical condition. According to ABC News:
A series of earlier investigations by state medical boards revealed that Brigham illegally initiated abortions at a clinic he owns in Voorhees, New Jersey, and then allegedly completed the procedures at a clinic in Maryland, where he was not licensed.
The investigation began in August 2010 after a botched procedure at Brigham's Elkton clinic. An 18-year-old woman who was 21 weeks pregnant had her uterus ruptured and her bowel injured, and rather than call 911, Brigham and Riley drove her to a nearby hospital, where both were uncooperative and Brigham refused to give his name, authorities said.
A search of the clinic after the botched abortion revealed a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks, authorities said.Charges against Brigham were dropped after a witness for the prosecution refused to testify, allegedly under pressure from the abortion lobby. Likewise, his NJ medical license was restored under pressure.
But that's not the only trouble Brigham has been in. According to National Right to Life news, Brigham has lost his license to practice medicine in five states. In fact, the PA Board of Health has ruled that Brigham may not operate or own abortion facilities in PA, a rule that he evades by having corporations in others' names.
In future posts I'll introduce some of the other staff members at the clinic. I hope this gives you some insight into the operation of a "good" abortion clinic.
[BTW the image above is the clinic walkway as seen from the curb. My friend Connie used to like to stand there to pray because she said it was like looking down from the cross.]