ELKTON, Md., Aug. 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Troubled abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has been issued a cease and desist order by the Maryland State Board of Physicians. The order demands that he stop the illegal practice of medicine, including abortions, at five locations throughout Maryland because he does not and never has been licensed in that state.
The order, dated August 25, 2010, indicates that Brigham has been practicing illegally in Maryland since January, 2010.
The document referred to an incident that occurred on August 13, 2010, where Brigham had begun a surgical procedure presumed to be an abortion, since that is the sole focus of his business. However, something went wrong and Brigham instructed the woman to travel to his abortion clinic in Elkton to complete the procedure "on an urgent basis."
"The health of Maryland patients is being endangered by the Respondent's unlicensed practice of medicine in this State," the order read.
The Maryland locations involved are located in Baltimore, Cheverly, Fredrick, College Park, and Elkton. Currently, all the clinics remain open and staffed by other abortionists.
Brigham operates a number of abortion centers in several states under the name American Women's Services.
Brigham has been under investigation and discipline throughout his entire 20-year career. He voluntarily retired his medical license in Pennsylvania while under investigation just six years after graduating from medical school. Since then, Brigham had medical licenses revoked in New York and Florida, and received disciplinary action in California and New Jersey. He served 120 days in jail in 1998 for Medicaid fraud.
A judge once ordered him to stop advertising his abortions as "painless" and "safe."
"The only thing that will stop Brigham from committing illegal abortions that endanger the lives of women is to toss him in jail for a long time," said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger, who said that her organization is planning on filing a complaint against the abortionist demanding criminal charges.
"Traditional means of discipline simply don't work with this guy,” she said. “He has found that he can get away with just about anything without much more than a slap on the wrist. The only way to protect women from Brigham's predatory and unsafe abortion business is to criminally charge him and order all his mills closed.”