By Dave Andrusko
Long before West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell became a household name, there were abortionists with long, long track records of evading even the most determined effort to rein them in. One of those is Steven Brigham whose license has been suspended in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Florida and New Jersey.
Over the weekend the (Pennsylvania) Morning Call newspaper reported that an abortion clinic Brigham was forced to give up ownership of “continues to operate and generate health safety complaints, including violations for unsterilized instruments.” The citations against the new owner of Allentown Medical Services — Rose Health Services Co.–were of a piece with previous problems when Brigham was the owner. (See here)
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Health report Allentown Medical Services “was cited for preparing to use unsterilized instruments on patients, having drugs and single-use devices that were past their expiration dates and for splattering blood on the walls and on the floor of a scrub room freezer,” Tim Darragh of the Morning Call reports.
The Health Department revoked the operating licenses of the Allentown clinic and other abortion centers in Pittsburgh, Erie and State College when it was run by Brigham. Brigham appealed, but last month the Commonwealth Court ruled last month that the department had acted properly.
The name is the same as when Brigham owned Allentown Medical Services and the contact person, according to the health department, is the lawyer who represented Brigham in the Commonwealth Court case. Darragh reports that the latest citations are against the new operators but “It’s unclear when operation and ownership of the clinic changed hands. It continues to operate as it did under Brigham.”
When the health department inspected the clinic on May 26, it noted that “in two ‘procedure rooms,’ an employee showed inspectors dozens of metal devices used in abortions that had been sterilized, but not wrapped to maintain sterility,” according to Darragh. “Nine packages of surgical instruments, the report said, ‘had an accumulation of brown debris in the hinge areas and brown staining on the inside of the packages.’ An employee, who was unnamed, ‘confirmed that these surgical instruments were considered sterile and ready for patient use.’”
As we reported last year, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners suspended his license October 13, after a nine-hour hearing that detailed his scheme of beginning abortions in New Jersey (where “later-term abortion” are not legal) and then transporting them to Maryland to dismember and remove the dead babies. “Dr. Brigham has consistently and repetitively engaged in manipulative and deceptive behavior designed to circumvent the requirements of the board’s termination of pregnancy regulation and to eviscerate the protections that those regulations seek to afford to New Jersey patients,” the board said in its ruling.
His license in New Jersey expired June 30 and it was discovered that he was not licensed to practice medicine in Maryland.
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