At last minute, abortionist Steven Brigham turns over abortion clinic records, avoiding hearing

But still to be determined whether he relinquished control of NJ abortion clinics

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Steven Brigham Star-Ledger Photo | TONY KURDZU

Abortionist Steven Brigham
Star-Ledger Photo | TONY KURDZU

At the eleventh hour, infamous abortionist Steven Brigham turned over records subpoenaed in June, thus avoiding a hearing before the state Superior Court in Essex County investigating whether he had truly turned over control of seven New Jersey abortion clinics as required.

Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant asked that the hearing be cancelled in a letter sent to Superior Court Judge Walter Koprowski, Jr., State Division of Consumer Affairs spokesman Jeff Lamm told the New Jersey Star Ledger.

Lamm “confirmed Tuesday that Steven C. Brigham submitted annual reports and contracts associated with the abortion clinics he was expected to forfeit when the board of Medical Examiners revoked his license a year ago for gross negligence, deception and official misconduct,” reported Susan K. Livio of the Star-Ledger.

“Brigham also turned in records pertaining to his four corporations: American Healthcare Services, Advanced Professional Services, Alpha Real Estate and American Wellness Services, Lamm said.”

As NRL News Today reported, Brigham, who has been in constant trouble for 25 years, would start late-term abortions in New Jersey and finish them a day or two later in Maryland. One woman almost died.

He did so because Brigham’s Voorhees, New Jersey abortion clinic was not licensed or equipped to perform late-term abortions.

“In addition,” as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Maria McCullough wrote, “New Jersey requires that such risky surgeries be performed by an obstetrician-gynecologist, and Brigham, a general practitioner, was not credentialed to do them.”

Under state law Brigham had to divest himself of the seven abortion clinics he owns in New Jersey (which make up most of his “American Women’s Services”). As he fought the Board’s ruling, Brigham said he had transferred them to Kaji, a man with a highly suspect history of his own, most prominently for sexually abusing patients.

On April 22, when an investigator from the state’s Division of Consumer Affairs made an unannounced visit to the abortion clinic in Hamilton, Kaji denied he was the owner.

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The following month Kaji testified at a N.J. Board of Medical Examiners’ hearing that he did not own those abortion facilities and that Brigham continued to “run the show.” This despite his signature on a purported transfer document. (“Regulators have charged Kaji with abetting a fraud and are seeking to suspend or revoke his license,” according to McCullough.)

“When Brigham and his attorney, Joseph Gorrell failed to provide the records [sought by Merchant], Merchant asked the judge to order Brigham to appear in court,” Livio reported.

The 79-year-old Kaji comes with his own considerable baggage. Livio wrote

In May 2013, an investigation revealed “numerous alleged deficiencies and board violations” in his role as medical director. After admitting he had suffered a mild stroke affecting his memory and eyesight, the board required he undergo a “neuropsychological evaluation, and any other medical or diagnostic testing and monitoring which may be required to evaluate whether (his) continued practice may jeopardize the public’s safety and welfare,” according to the board’s order.