Abortionist Steven Chase Brigham isn't one to let technicalities stand in the way of business. He runs a chain of 15 abortion mills, under the name "American Women's Services. Many of these mills are operated in states in which he is not permitted to practice medicine. His latest trick? Initiating late abortions at his New Jersey facilities (which aren't licensed to do abortions past 14 weeks), then having all the patient drive in a caravan to Maryland, where two doctors under his direction finish the abortions.
Three weeks ago, one of these women was seriously injured. "Brigham put the semiconscious, bleeding woman into the back of a rented Chevrolet Malibu and drove her to a nearby hospital emergency room rather than call an ambulance."
When police raided Brigham's Elkton facility, they siezed 35 "late-term fetuses and fetal parts". Maryland authorities are still trying to locate medical records for some of Brigham's patients.
The two abortionists Brigham hired to finish up abortions in Maryland are also in trouble: George Shepard Jr. (an Ob/Gyn from Delaware that Brigham hired in 2009 as a part-time Medical Director), and Nicola I. Riley (pictured), a newly-licensed family practitioner who flies in from Utah every other week. Shepard's license has been suspended for "unprofessional conduct and ... helping Brigham flout credentialing requirements."
Reportedly it was Riley who initiated the abortion that sent Brigham's house of cards tumbling to the ground. It all started on August 12, when an 18-year-old patient I'll call Meg, went to Brigham's flagship mill in Voorhees, New Jersey. She was 21 weeks pregnant. Brigham inserted laminaria to dilate her cervix so the baby could be pulled out later. Meg returned the next day, expecting to be transported to Philadelphia to finish the abortion. Instead, Brigham instructed Meg and his other abortion patients to caravan in their own cars to another location, which turned out to be the Elkton, Maryland facility.
There, Riley administered anesthesia, under Brigham's direction. During the abortion, she lacerated Meg's uterus, bowel, and vagina. Riley told Meg's mother and boyfriend what had happened, but rather than call an ambulance, proposed pushing Meg two blocks to the hospital in a wheelchair. Brigham ended up transporting Meg himself, in a rented car, accompanied by Riley. Both Brigham and Riley were evasive about "who they were, what had happened, and from where they had come."
Meg's injuries were so severe that he had to be flown to Johns Hopkins. Riley, meanwhile, returned to the facility to perform another abortion, leaving other physicians to attend to her gravely wounded patient.
The patient later filed a police complaint, leading to the August 17 raid that found frozen fetuses indicating ages up to 36 weeks. A doctor at Johns Hopkins complained to the medical board.
Maryland's action is just the latest problem for the doctor, whose medical license has been revoked, relinquished, or temporarily suspended in five states over the last 18 years.
In July, the Pennsylvania Department of Health revoked Brigham's permission to own clinics in the state because he had repeatedly employed unlicensed caregivers; he is appealing that decision. Brigham himself cannot perform medical procedures in Pennsylvania because of a confidential 1992 agreement in which he agreed to give up his license.
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On August 18, the police found 35 late term fetuses, ranging from 20 to 36 weeks, along with portions of Meg's fetus, in a freezer at Brigham's facility. They were unable to locate Meg's medical record, nor were they able to find records for the mothers of 33 of the 35 frozen fetuses.