Local, state, and federal authorities investigate Michigan abortionist after human tissue found in car trunk

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Michael Roth

Abortionist Michael Roth

Right to Life of Michigan is applauding authorities for investigating long-time Michigan abortionist Michael Roth after “14 containers of human tissue, possibly fetuses, medical equipment and large amounts of Fentanyl, a drug used for pain and sedation, was found in a car owned by the doctor who works as an OB/GYN,” according to WXYZ-TV.

“Sources say one possible theory is the doctor was performing abortions out of the trunk of his car.”

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the investigation has expanded from the West Bloomfield police department to include the state Attorney General’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Under the headline “Raid on doctor’s office after possible fetuses found in car – Was he performing illegal abortions?,” WXYZ reported that the case began two weeks ago when Roth allegedly struck a 32-year-old disabled man. (Roth has not yet been charged.)

The car was impounded, according to West Bloomfield Deputy Chief Curt Lawson, pending a traffic investigation.

Ironically, the investigation was spurred by a request from Roth. “Roth’s request for items from his car, including a garage door opener, allegedly turned up a drug later identified as Fentanyl, a drug the Drug Enforcement Administration describes as ‘potentially lethal, even at very low levels,’ and which is frequently used to reduce pain during abortion procedures,” according to Fox News 2’s Cody Derespina. “That discovery prompted cops to open the trunk, where they allegedly found 14 jars containing suspected fetal parts.”

Lawson told the Detroit Free Press, “We do have an opinion from the medical examiner’s office that this is remnants of conception, but there was nothing that was seen within the containers that were recognizable.” Derespina says, “The state Attorney General’s Office suspects Roth may be performing illegal abortions.”

Tuesday night police raided Roth’s home and office. “The discovery of Fentanyl, a powerful pain medicine, was concerning to police, who said it was not labeled in the container,” the Detroit Free Press’ Katrease Stafford reported.

Fox News 2 outlined some of Roth’s many run-ins with authorities:

A state health inspector found during a January 2002 check that Roth’s drug-control license had expired more than 20 years previously and resulted in Roth being placed on professional probation for six months, fined $15,000 and barred from performing abortions outside of a clinical setting.

He also has been sanctioned for shoddy record-keeping and improprieties in prescribing medication, and in 2012 was fined $2,000 and sanctioned by a state disciplinary committee for a range of violations.

In 2005, Roth’s wife claimed in an application for a restraining order that she “lives locked in the basement” out of fear Roth “would continue to assault, attack, molest, wound, follow, confront and otherwise injure her as well as continue to prescribe and administer medication to her.”

Roth has “a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999,” according to Right to Life of Michigan.

Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, “Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure,” featuring several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.

“He has a long and sordid history,” Right to Life of Michigan’s legislative director Ed Rivet told FoxNews.com. “This isn’t just like, ‘Oh wow, this guy all of a sudden did something off the legal or ethical path.’ This has been a whole career of this stuff.”