Abortionist who attempted to force patient to abort has license suspended


A Mississippi abortionist has had his license to practice medicine suspended amidst allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, as well as attempting to force a patient into an abortion without her knowledge or consent.

Dr. Walter Wolfe, who until now has practiced at Magnolia Woman’s Clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, was given a temporary suspension order by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure after a complaint was made by a physician assistant student who was shadowing Dr. Wolfe. According to the order, which can be read here, the physician assistant student witnessed Wolfe kiss a pregnant patient on the lips before giving her an ultrasound, and the patient was carrying Wolfe’s baby. The child was later delivered at Wolfe’s home, and he is listed on the birth certificate as the father.

This was not Wolfe’s first brush with misconduct regarding patients; he had previously been sued in 2016 by the ex-husband of a patient, claiming that Wolfe hired her in 2015, and “encouraged her to enter into a sexual relationship with him.” That patient became pregnant as well, but in this circumstance, Wolfe attempted to force her to have an abortion, inserting four misoprostol pills into her vagina without her knowledge or consent. However, the attempted abortion was unsuccessful, and the woman gave birth to Wolfe’s child in 2016.

READ: Abortionist who killed teen in botched abortion says he has a ‘license to lie’


In November of 2018, a Jackson health practitioner filed a complaint against Wolfe alleging “general concerns of alleged professional sexual misconduct,” and then the physician assistant student spoke with the board two days later. Another patient came forward in January and reported what she said were “inappropriate” comments towards her during a vaginal examination. An OB/GYN reviewed the case, and determined that Wolfe was “an immediate threat to not only the citizens of Mississippi, but to any patients that should enter into his care.”

The board ultimately found him guilty of:

“[V]iolating professional boundaries with patients, guilty of failing to maintain patient records of controlled substances prescribed, guilty of committing a physical assault on a patient with the unwanted insertion of medication into her vagina; and by virtue of said violations, guilty of unprofessional conduct, which includes being guilty of dishonorable or unethical conduct likely to deceive, defraud of harm the public and guilty of prescribing drugs that have addition-forming or addiction-sustaining liability other than in the course of legitimate professional practice.”

For his part, Wolfe claims he did nothing wrong, and said the patient he kissed was his fiancée at the time, and is now his wife. While that particular example may not be illegal, it is certainly considered to be unethical, as explained by the American Medical Association. And that also does not explain the many other things he was found guilty of by the state board. There will be a hearing on July 24th, during which Wolfe’s license to practice medicine could be permanently revoked.

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