Steven Brigham no more an abortion “outlier” than Kermit Gosnell


By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Steven Brigham

Abortionist Steven Brigham

What do you do if you are a pillar of the more-more-more abortion brain trust when you have an abortionist whose conduct is outlandish even by your ever-forgiving standards? You distance yourself from the man’s behavior, you minimize the gravity of his offenses, and (naturally) blame pro-lifers!

You remember how the Abortion Establishment tap-danced around thrice-convicted murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell? Barely heard of the guy and if “rogue abortion providers” like Gosnell exist, it’s because of “anti-choicers.”.

How’s that? We make it uncomfortable for them by “stigmatizing” abortion, meaning some the brightest and the best choose not to rip babies limb from limb.

But Gosnell is not an “outlier” or “renegade” as Planned Parenthood et al. insisted, as we have discussed countless times over the decades. Perhaps at the head of the class, the valedictorian of malevolence, is Steven Brigham.

It would be difficult—almost impossible—to exaggerate how shady this guy is. But Brigham is equally shifty and has taken advantage of lax abortion laws and weak-kneed licensing boards who can never quite seem to take his license away permanently.

On Monday, we posted about Brigham’s latest day in court (“N.J. judge moves to permanently revoke abortionist Steven Brigham’s license,”).  New Jersey authorities are trying yet again to take away his license, having failed in the 1990s.

Very briefly, Brigham would dilate a woman’s cervix in his Voorhees ,New Jersey, abortion clinic but deliver the dead child in another state (in this case, Maryland) where babies could legally be aborted much later than in New Jersey This multi-state practice only came to light when women were seriously hurt, as was the case with a teenager who almost died in 2010.

Judge Jeff S. Masin’s decision to yank Brigham’s license will be reviewed by New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners. Here’s hoping he does not slip-slide his way out of this one.

But how does a prominent pro-abortion site, such as, handle “South Jersey-based abortion provider Steven Brigham, who has spent much of his two-decade career fighting charges of misconduct and negligence,” as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marie McCullough described him?  Well…

“Brigham has a troubling past, and has been under investigation by state authorities for medical practices that have pushed the boundaries of ethics and the law.”

Not exactly full-disclosure or a full picture. Not even close

Convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell

Convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell

In a long, long piece pro-abortion reporter Holly Otterbein, writing for the [Philadelphia] City Paper, complained that “Brigham, like Gosnell, has overseen abortion procedures in Pennsylvania for decades. Like Gosnell, he’s run afoul of the law — throughout his career, in fact.” That’s an understatement, if ever there was one.

A while back McCullough did a long piece on Brigham, complete with a timeline.

In 1992, a few years out of medical school, Brigham “voluntarily forfeits his Pennsylvania medical license to end an investigation into his Wyomissing clinic,” according to McCullough. “The landlord had successfully sued him for concealing his plans to perform abortions.

Two years later, she wrote, Brigham lost his New York State license for “botching late-term abortions, one begun in Voorhees. Brigham was described as  ‘undertrained’ with ‘submarginal abilities.’” American Women’s Services, Brigham’s Voorhees-based company, has abortion clinics in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Florida. Brigham has lost his license in five states.”

I suppose that would qualify as “troubled” and “push[ing] the boundaries of ethics and the laws.

What else? We read at that

“The decision comes after Masin heard evidence last year from New Jersey prosecutors showing that Brigham used a dangerous scheme in which he would begin abortions in New Jersey and then transfer patients to Maryland to complete the procedure.

“Brigham would induce fetal death in his Voorhees clinic and would then surgically removed the fetuses at a clandestine clinic in Elkton, Maryland.”

Wouldn’t this be worth adding about the 18-year-old who almost died in 2010?

“After the woman suffered a ruptured uterus, state officials said [Brigham’s co-worker Nicol] Riley put the patient in Brigham’s rented Chevrolet Malibu and drove her Union Hospital in Elkton,” the Baltimore Sun reported. “The board said she sat in slumped in a wheelchair, nearly unconscious, outside the emergency room, while Riley argued with hospital staff, demanding their identities before treating the woman.

“The woman was flown that day to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for more treatment. State officials said Riley then returned to his clinic in Elkton to perform another abortion. The injured woman survived.”

Or that the doctor who performed emergency surgery on the teenager then went to the Elkton police. This led authorities to search Brigham’s American Woman’s Services abortion clinic which “revealed a freezer with 35 late-term fetuses inside, including one believed to have been aborted at 36 weeks, authorities said,” the AP reported.

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Or, as McCullough wrote, while Maryland never went after Brigham for illegally practicing medicine, “Instead, the state charged him with murdering viable fetuses found at the Elkton clinic.” But he wiggled out of that one too:

“Maryland prosecutors dropped the charges in 2012, acknowledging that they lacked jurisdiction because the fetal deaths occurred in New Jersey.”

So in the hands of the pro-abortionists, after a few perfunctory tsk-tsks, a man who should rate a 10 for his evilness and total disregard for unborn babies and women gets a 3.

When asked about Brigham, they will site this near-whitewash as evidence they really care.