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Embattled Abortionist Claims States Can't Prosecute over Interstate Abortion Scheme ^ | September 30, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 09/30/2010 7:50:17 PM PDT by topher

Thursday September 30, 2010

Embattled Abortionist Claims States Can't Prosecute over Interstate Abortion Scheme

By Kathleen Gilbert

VOORHEES, New Jersey, September 30, 2010 ( - A New Jersey abortionist under criminal investigation has made an attempt to slip out of prosecutors' grasp by claiming that neither New Jersey nor Maryland, where he ferried his clients mid-abortion to complete the late-term procedures, are in a position to sue him.

Stephen Chase Brigham, who once operated an empire of abortion clinics in four states, has come under scrutiny after a botched abortion last month led government officials to uncover his practice of starting late-term abortions in New Jersey and completing them in Maryland. The abortionist is not licensed to conduct late-term abortions in New Jersey, nor is he licensed to practice medicine in Maryland.

But in documents filed earlier this week, Brigham claims that New Jersey is not able to prosecute him, because he won a similar New Jersey suit and kept his license following a 1994 botched abortion. That incident led to the loss of his license in New York, where officials condemned his "inexcusably bad judgment" for slicing a woman's uterus, cervix, and uterine artery and failing to realize it until hours later.

Joseph Gorrell, Brigham's attorney, told the Courier Post that all the abortionist's actions "complied with applicable law and was in conformance with accepted standards of medical practice." Brigham also claims that New Jersey has no jurisdiction regarding the Maryland abortions, and that state had launched "no disciplinary or criminal action" against him.

However, officials dispute the claim that Brigham's case can be so easily discarded.

C. Irving Pinder Jr., executive director of the Maryland Board of Physicians, said regulators are cooperating with criminal investigators, adding that Brigham is "playing a word game."

"He hasn't been charged by the board because he's not licensed by the board. But there are criminal investigations going on. We've been in touch with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies," said Pinder, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The New Jersey Attorney General's office says that Brigham's activities "flagrantly" disregarded medical rules, and jeopardized patients' health.

The scheme was uncovered when one of the abortionists under Brigham, Nicola Riley, cut the uterus and bowel of an abortion patient so badly that she had to be flown from Elkton Md. to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The case is reportedly slated to go before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners on Oct. 13.

See related coverage:

Four-State Abortion Empire Crumbles Following Botched Abortion


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Maryland; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionist; maryland; newjersey; prolife; stephenbrigham
I think Medical Boards can define things to be illegal.

By doing this in two states, technically the procedure would have to be okay for the regulations in both states.

It is like saying, one could start a quadruple by-pass operation [of the heart] in New Jersey, then pause it, and continue it in Maryland because of lack of resources.

That might be fine, but the rules and regulations of both states would have to be adhered to, in my opinion, and it would make the medical procedure unsafe unless the health facilities were properly regulated and maintained.

1 posted on 09/30/2010 7:50:23 PM PDT by topher
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2 posted on 09/30/2010 8:05:32 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Donna, kiss Sarah Palin's tweet.)
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To: topher
Well, so much for the “safe” part of the safe, legal and rare rhetoric.

Don't they know that all the “back-alley” abortionists just moved to the front after it became legal? The welfare of women is the last thing on their minds. Disgusting!

3 posted on 09/30/2010 8:20:05 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to him.)
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To: topher

Now we know how federalists are made.

4 posted on 09/30/2010 8:20:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: topher

What kind of training does this Nicola have. I noticed she did not have an M.D. behind her name. I bet the guy makes millions overseeing these other persons.

5 posted on 09/30/2010 8:33:35 PM PDT by therut
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To: topher; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!

6 posted on 09/30/2010 8:44:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Muslims are not the problem, the rest of the world is! /s)
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To: therut
I don't know where you saw that, but in previous article's, the abortionist from Utah (Nicola) had an MD behind her name.

There is a PDF at the Maryland Medical Board site as to why they pulled her license (as an MD).

7 posted on 10/01/2010 2:42:17 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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