Abortionists in the News
By Tom Grenchik
October 1, 2010
Abortionists have been getting some well-deserved press lately. These are usually not the stories that make the national news.
Take Massachusetts abortion doctor Rapin Osathanondh, who was recently sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter in the abortion-related death of a 22-year-old woman. Prosecutors alleged that he failed to monitor her while she was under anesthesia, delayed calling emergency services when her heart stopped, and later lied to try to cover up his actions.Then there is Dr. Andrew Rutland who, according to the California Medical Board, “committed repeated negligent acts in his care and treatment” of a patient who died after being given drugs in preparation for a second trimester abortion at a California facility.
What about Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia, who gave a patient two separate doses of pain killers plus anesthesia, before her abortion? Her death led agents to raid his facility where they found “blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars.” The Pennsylvania Department of State’s Board of Medicine described his continued practice as “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”
And the Maryland Board of Physicians recently suspended the license of Dr. Romero Ferrer, while investigating the death of a 21-year-old mother of a toddler. Ferrer is alleged to have given the woman an overdose of pain medications during her abortion.
Have you heard about Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, who owned of a chain of abortion centers in California? She is currently serving a prison sentence of three years and four months, convicted of pretending to be a physician and doing abortions without a medical license. She pleaded “no contest” to seven felony counts for having placed more than a dozen women at risk by doing surgical abortions or giving them the abortion drug RU-486 without medical training.
Dr. George Shepard, Jr., of Delaware and Dr. Nicola I. Riley of Utah just had their Maryland medical licenses suspended for helping another notorious abortionist, Steven Brigham, to skirt the law. Brigham runs a chain of 15 abortion facilities, under the name of “American Women's Services.” He is not permitted to practice medicine in Maryland. So he reportedly initiated late-term abortions at his facility in New Jersey, which was not licensed to do abortions past 14 weeks, and then had the women drive in a caravan to Maryland, where the other two doctors finished the abortions, under his direction.
Authorities say that when one of these women was seriously injured recently during the abortion, Brigham put the semiconscious, bleeding woman into the back of a rental car and drove her to a nearby hospital, rather than call an ambulance. Police later raided his Elkton, Maryland facility and seized 35 frozen late-term fetuses and fetal parts.
Promoters of abortion once argued that it should be made legal to protect women from notorious “back alley” abortionists. “Safe and legal” was constantly repeated as though these two words mean the same thing. In reality, abortionists simply moved from back alleys into storefronts, and some of them still retained their alley character. Enjoying the protection of law, while being virtually unregulated, the U.S. abortion industry continues to harm countless women while destroying more than a million children each year.
Now that our new health care law is slated to help expand insurance coverage that includes abortions, we should probably expect to see more abortionists in the news, and more mothers and children suffering the consequences. We will need to amend that law, so the destructiveness of abortion will not be sold as routine “health care” to more and more women in our country.
Tom Grenchik is Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Go to www.usccb.org/prolife to learn more about the bishops’ pro-life activities.