Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pendergraft gets his fourth suspension

Florida abortionist James Pendergraft is a danger to women. How many slaps on the wrist will it take? His license to practice "medicine" needs to be permanently revoked. Plenty of other pro-life commentators have spoken out on this already, and I have nothing to add, so here's a summary of the coverage.

From Operation Rescue:
“This is a case that should outrage everyone,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Here is a proven quack that has served three previous license suspensions, yet continues to offend. Even a stint in prison hasn’t helped Pendergraft amend his ways. Nevertheless, the Board will allow this man to continue the practice of medicine after he serves his fourth suspension. It is irresponsible to place women at repeated risk from this guy. Enough is enough!”

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“Pendergraft’s clinics are a menace to the public. They should be closed, and perhaps if he was in another state, they would be. It is simply outrageous that these people who have proven that they cannot comport themselves within the law are allowed the opportunity to continue to prey on an unsuspecting public. The Florida Board of Medicine seriously dropped the ball by not revoking Pendergraft and forcing the closure of his clinics,” said Newman.
Pendergraft, who has subjected women to botched legal abortions, was ordered to pay $10,000 fine and take a course on record keeping.

The medical board suspended his license after it found Pendergraft had allowed an unlicensed employee to order and administer drugs even though she was unqualified and had a known history of drug abuse. Pendergraft also was disciplined for prescribing steroids to her for unknown reasons.

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The first suspension was the result of a complaint filed April 14, 2008, that states Pendergraft illegally prescribed controlled substances without proper DEA licensing. The board also said Pendergraft committed medical malpractice in a botched abortion of a 19-week-old unborn child in February 2006.

The botched abortion saw Pendergraft inadequately dilating a patient's cervix for a D&E abortion. He then ruptured her uterus and shoved the unborn child's body into the abdominal cavity.
From Jill Stanek:
Apparently the FL Board of Medicine doesn’t ever see a pressing need to revoke the medical license of its worst menaces, much less FL authorities sending this particular quack to prison.

The list of crimes late-term abortionist James Pendergraft has committed, as well as the slimy tag team working at his 5 Central/South FL abortion mills (examples here and here), is too long for this post.

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