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Dangerous abortionist finally loses medical license in New Jersey

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Steven Chase Brigham, a notorious late-term abortionist known for committing illegal abortions and butchering patients, has finally lost his license to practice medicine in New Jersey, according to Operation Rescue.

Previously, Brigham operated in numerous states: Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, and California — but starting in 1994, his license was either suspended, revoked, or relinquished in five states. He also operated three facilities in Maryland, despite having no license to operate medicine there. A 2010 raid on one of his facilities in Maryland found the bodies of 35 late-term aborted babies stored in his freezer, one as old as 36 weeks.

Brigham tried to evade detection by turning over ownership of his facilities to abortionist Vikram Kaji, a known sex offender. But Brigham was known to falsify patient logs, claiming another abortionist committed the abortions when, in fact, Brigham himself did. He also would operate illicit schemes, beginning abortions in New Jersey and then completing them in New York in order to get around various state laws.

 

He also has a history of seriously botching abortions, killing at least one patient and maiming multiple more. The case of the botched abortion of an 18-year-old girl was what eventually prompted Maryland authorities to inspect his facility; she could be heard screaming as Brigham perforated her uterus. He then shoved the baby into her abdominal cavity and pulled part of her bowels out of her vagina. No one at the facility called an ambulance; instead, Brigham drove her to the hospital himself as she bled in the backseat. Her injuries were so severe, she had to be life-flighted to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The woman he killed, Maria Santiago, suffered a cardiac arrest — no one at the facility knew how to use a defibrillator, and the one in the facility did not work.

On top of all this, Brigham has been arrested and charged with first and second degree murder, accused of committing five illegal late-term abortions on viable babies.

Brigham now holds no license in any state, yet as Operation Rescue President Troy Newman points out, that doesn’t mean he isn’t still committing abortions. “It is obvious that Brigham still controls these businesses despite what his paperwork might say. As long as he has any role in any abortion business, women will be at risk of exploitation and harm,” Newman said. “I urge the state Attorney General’s Office to immediately act to shut down Brigham’s seven abortion facilities and put Brigham out of business in New Jersey for good.”

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