Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pendergraft shut down, for the nonce

HT: Jivin J

State bars abortions at 2 clinics in Orlando

For now, all five of Pendergraft's facilities are shut down, but only two closures are expected to be long-term.
The state has ordered two Orlando clinics to stop doing abortions indefinitely and suspended the medical license of their owner, Dr. James Pendergraft, on grounds that he illegally performed third-trimester abortions.


In addition, Pendergraft's medical license was suspended Wednesday in an emergency order that claims he has shown "a flagrant disregard for the laws of the state of Florida and a willingness to endanger the lives and health of pregnant patients."


In both cases, the state claims "Dr. Pendergraft endangered two female patients by performing third-trimester abortions outside a hospital setting and without concurring certification from a second physician."

Orlando Women's Center is a NAF member facility.

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