Abortionist involved in secret Maryland late-term abortion scheme has license suspended
Forestville, Maryland, August 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The medical license of an abortionist who was involved in a shady late-term abortion business in Maryland has had his license suspended by the Maryland Board of Physicians.
Harold O. Alexander was the Maryland associate of late-term abortionist James S. Pendergraft IV, who is unlicensed in that state. Together they operated a secret bi-state late-term abortion business “in the D.C. area” known as LateTermAbortion.net, which involved recruiting women for extremely lucrative late-term abortions that are illegal in Pendergraft’s home state of Florida.
Pendergraft himself is perhaps best known for being hit with a $37.7 million judgment last year after his negligence left a baby maimed after a botched abortion. He is the owner of five Florida abortion clinics, which he continues to operate despite the fact that he has no active medical license in any state.
The pro-life group Operation Rescue confirmed the suspension of Alexander’s license with a Board representative, who indicated that the abortionist’s suspension documents are not yet public. In that same conversation the representative said that the case against Pendergraft was referred to the Board for action.
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Operation Rescue had engaged in a 6-month undercover investigation into Pendergraft’s late-term abortion business, which led to the discovery that the clandestine D.C. area abortion clinic operated by Alexander and Pendergraft was actually Integrated OB/GYN Services in Forestville, Maryland.
Alexander’s suspension is in part a result of complaints filed by Operation Rescue.
Alexander’s charging documents listed a number of shocking allegations including “sexual boundary” violations, botched abortions, shoddy or non-existent record keeping, and the illegal prescribing of large amounts of Viagra and other drugs to himself and non-patients.
He was also charged with illegally shredding a medical record of a late-term abortion patient that was related to his association with Pendergraft. That record was under subpoena by the Board.
Using latetermabortion.net Pendergraft advertized nationwide the disturbing procedure of “Intercardiac Injection”, which involtes a lethal injection into the baby’s heart with a long spinal needle through the wall of the woman’s abdomen. This injection is meant to kill the pre-born baby.
According to Pendergraft’s website, after the 2-3 minute injection process, the patient is monitored for approximately 15 minutes before being released. Now carrying a dead child, the woman is sent away to her personal physician or other facility to have the dead fetus surgically removed. Delivery of the dead baby takes place at a separate location, which may be in another state or country.
“Alexander and Pendergraft were charging thousands of dollars to place a woman in a life-threatening condition then ship her off to have someone else clean up the mess they created. We are relieved that our complaints helped put these two quacks out of business in Maryland,” said Newman. “We hope Maryland’s actions will give Florida a reason to finally revoke Pendergraft’s only current license.”
Pendergraft’s Florida medical license has been the subject of multiple disciplinary actions and was under suspension during the time of Operation Rescue’s investigation. He now operates under probation.
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