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Pro-Choice. Unless it’s education, food, or belonging to a union.

September 6, 2012

Oy. “I’m pro-intervention.”

Utah Dr charged with murder

December 31, 2011

Remember Nicola Riley? She is the still-practicing Utah Dr who had her Maryland physician’s license stripped last year because of “unprofessional conduct” while performing abortions in that state. She has been arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy following a 16-month investigation.  A botched abortion leaving an 18 year-old woman in critical condition with a ruptured uterus was the starting point of this investigation. If you remember the very disturbing story, when the abortion clinic where she worked was searched, a freezer full of dead babies was found, including one within a month of his or her due date.  Maryland is one of 38 states that allows murder charges to be brought against someone accused of killing a “viable fetus.”

Nicola was dishonorably discharged from the US Army following a court martial for credit card fraud 20 years ago. She served a year in Leavenworth. Earlier this year, she agreed to surrender her Wyoming medical license for misrepresenting those earlier charges, ones she also mis-represented on her Utah application.

So what does Utah do, not only with misrepresentation, but losing her license in two states?  The Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing lets her keep her license, but makes her write an essay, saying 1000 times “I will not lie on my DOPL application”. Oh wait – that’s only half true – she did have to write an essay but she merely had to describe her “unprofessional conduct.”  Unbelievable.

Utah Dr stripped of Maryland license

September 5, 2010

Dr Nicola Riley, family practice physician in Salt Lake City (1220 East 3900 South, Suite 4A, in case you were wondering) has been stripped of her license to practice medicine in Maryland after an 18-year old woman is in critical condition following Dr Riley’s botched abortion.

On August 13th, Dr Riley started an abortion on a woman 21 weeks pregnant. In the course of the abortion, she perforated her uterus and punctured her bowel. She and the Dr who owns the clinic but is not licensed to practice medicine in Maryland – Dr Steven Brigham – took the mother to a local hospital in a rental car rather than an ambulance. They also debated just pushing her there in a wheelchair, even though the mother was only semi-conscious and could not sit in a wheelchair by herself.

Security personnel at the hospital testified the two doctors did not want to say who they were, what had happened or where they came from. The report linked above said that after dropping the mother off, Dr Riley went back to the clinic and performed another abortion.

The state issued a cease-and-desist order because of the egregious nature of the offense. Local police raided the Elkton, MD clinic, taking medical records and a freezer containing approximately 35 aborted babies up to 36 weeks gestational age, far past the point of viability.

Dr Riley flew every other week from her home in Utah to perform abortions in Maryland. She started on July 30 and almost killed a young mother just shy of two weeks later, on August 13. Shortly after this incident and following two complaints, the Maryland state Board of Medicine began an investigation. Less than two weeks after that, they stripped Dr Riley of her Maryland license and charged her with unprofessional conduct and practicing medicine with an unauthorized person. They concluded that she “poses a threat to her patients’ safety and wellbeing and thereby represents a danger to the public, her patients and the profession of medicine.”

A “post-deprivation” hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday at 10 am at the Maryland State Board of Physicians.

Sad Day For Babies

February 23, 2010

Dang. Not a good news day for babies. In Philadelphia, police found dozens of frozen babies when they raided an clinic after the death of a mother undergoing an abortion. There is now an on-going investigation into the performance of illegal, late-term abortions. “There was blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars,” states the order to suspend the Dr’s practice, which called Gosnell’s continued practice of medicine “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”

Then from Russia, we have this sad story of a journalist in Russia who wrote an article titled The article titled “Finish it off so it doesn’t suffer,” and calls for the euthanasia of disabled newborns. The author Aleksandr Nikonov argues that the birth of a disabled child for many families would be an unbearable tragedy, “a hell”, and that “the killing of the newborn is in fact the same as an abortion”. He states that depriving infants, who will never be able to take care of themselves, of life is “true humanism”. What a putz. He is correct in one thing, however  – it is the same as an abortion. In Russia, abortions are legal for “social reasons” up to 22 weeks, and for medical reasons at any time. They also have the highest abortion rate per capita in the world. So, you can legally kill a full-term disabled infant as long as it was still in-utero. This journalist is saying – in offensive terms – that parents should be able to make the same choice after the birth. He’s not the first one, though.  They’ve been saying (and doing) it in Holland for a while now.

Following the complaint, and ad hoc board of the Union of Russian Journalists accused the author of the article of breaching professional ethics and criticized the newspaper for not presenting any material to balance Nikonov’s piece.

The author disagrees with the criticism and defends his position: “You make people suffer for the sake of ideologies and interpretations of humanism you have in your head. What we offer is choice, and you wrap it inside out, presenting it as if we call for killing of all those disabled people. Nothing like that! We don’t stand against wheel cart ramps or your right to bring up disabled children, we stand for the right to choose,” he told the board.

Sorry, bub. It’s not a choice, it’s a baby. Every baby deserves to live. Every baby deserves to be loved. Every baby deserves a family. And, there is a family out there who would welcome every baby, no matter the diagnosis. I promise.

Wimmer’s Abortion Bill

January 26, 2010

After a lot of hoopla occurring before the bill was presented(including the ACLU sending out a call to action assuring folks the bill would be used to prosecute women who had miscarriages or women who used midwives), HB 12 passed out of committee unanimously.  HB 12 allows for the criminal prosecution of  a mother who is attempting to kill her baby in any manner other than a legal abortion.

Representative Wimmer assured the committee that unless the mother is deliberately taking action to cause the death of her fetus, she will be exempt from prosecution.  Rep. Riesen asked if she forgot to take her prenatal vitamins and her baby died, could she be prosecuted.  Again, no.  (And can I just say? I know of NO case where a pregnancy was lost simply because a mom did not take prenatal vitamins.)

One simple amendment clarified that the ACLU’s claims were simply straw man arguments.  This midwife had no problem with the bill.  Planned Parenthood had no problem with the bill and the 2 Democrats had no problem with the bill (or not enough of one to vote against it).

So, one of the so-called controversial bills turned out to be nothing more than a tempest in a teacup and moves to the House floor.


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