Abortionist behind shuttered Michigan clinic has long history of trouble with the law
MUSKOGEN, Michigan, January 4, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Michigan abortion clinic run by a troubled abortionist may have been shut down by authorities over the holidays, but the state’s women and unborn babies still have reason to fear after the abortionist was hired to perform abortions at a Detroit facility.
Robert Alexander has moved on from his Women’s Medical Services clinic after it was shuttered the day after Christmas by the Muskogen Fire Marshal. According to a press release from the Muskegon police, officers who went to investigate a broken rear window related to a possible break-in at the facility noted numerous code violations, leading to the closure.
Alexander has since told media that he will likely walk away from the clinic, rather than bring it up to code. However, he has reportedly been hired to perform abortions by Summit Medical Services, a Detroit facility.
Monica Migliorino Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, said this week that her organization has long kept an eye on Alexander, and that the public should be “concerned” that he is continuing to practice as an abortionist.
“Perhaps no other abortion provider in Michigan has had a more troubled and checkered medical career than Robert Alexander,” said a press release from Miller’s organization. The release said Alexander has been “plagued by violations of law, court convictions, jail sentences, a series of botched abortions and the repeated revocation of his license.”
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Most notably, Alexander served time in prison in the late 1980s after he was convicted on 12 of 15 counts brought against him related to the illegal distribution of controlled substances.
Alexander committed the drug violations while working at a “weight loss” clinic (actually a facility set up for the sole purpose of distributing drugs) where he wrote prescriptions for controlled substances that were then sold to drug dealers and addicts.
The abortionist was sentenced to several concurrent four-year prison terms, as well as a $25,000 fine.
These violations resulted in the revocation of Alexander’s license. Alexander subsequently petitioned to have his license reinstated, but was denied based upon evidence that he suffers from bipolar disorder and the fact that he “has failed to submit proof that he has learned from this experience.” However, he was finally successful in regaining his license on a “limited” status in 1996 after a local doctor agreed to take him under his wing.
A Wayne County case filed in July 1993 (Docket No. C-255) stated that Alexander used inappropriate instruments during an abortion procedure, causing perforation of his client’s uterus. The complaint indicated that Elizabeth A, the woman who sought the abortion, was seven weeks pregnant, but Alexander had miscalculated that the unborn child was 16 to 17 weeks gestational age.
This abortion took place at the same Summit clinic that has now hired Alexander.
A lengthy complaint filed against Alexander in 2002 (File no. 02-682-NH) stated that after suffering an abortion procedure carried out by Alexander, the defendant required “total abdominal hysterectomy and resection of her cecum and proximal ileum.”
More recently, a June 2009 case filed by a Grand Rapids OB/GYN argued that Alexander performed an incomplete abortion on a patient whose pregnancy was at 26 weeks gestation. Michigan law does not permit for abortions beyond 24 weeks except in cases involving health of the mother.
The discoveries made by city personnel at Alexander’s recently closed Muskegon facility are consistent with observations made at the former Women’s Choice facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from which Alexander was evicted by court order in December 2005.
Alexander had been using a spare room in that facility for months to store garbage, including medical waste material, because he had lost his contract with a waste removal company. Alexander relocated his clinic to a store-front in Ypsilanti.
In a June 2006 affidavit a young woman who had accompanied her friend to Alexander’s 9 S. Washington facility in Ypsilanti stated that “the clinic was in disarray, dirty and unsanitary,” according to Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.
The pro-life organization also says that many anti-abortion activists observed women leaving Alexander’s Ypsilanti clinic who were confused, had difficulty walking, and who vomited in the parking lot, apparently because they were not given enough time to recover from the anesthetic used in the abortion procedure.
Monica Miller said her organization is calling on the Bureau of Health Professions to investigate whether Alexander is competent to perform surgical procedures.
“The safety of women may very well be at stake,” she said.