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ARIZONA ABORTIONIST SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN BOTCHED ABORTION

Mon May 7, 2001 - 12:15 pm EST

PHOENIX, Arizona, May 3, 2001 (LSN.ca) - Over three years after mercilessly and culpably allowing the death of one of his patients, abortionist Dr. John Biskind has finally been sentenced to five years in prison. In April 1998 LouAnne Herron, was left to bleed to death after Biskind punctured her uterus during a late term abortion she underwent at the now-closed A-Z Women’s Center.

On Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Wilkinson also ordered Biskind to pay $12,841.40 in restitution. He has 20 days to file an appeal. Biskind’s abortuary administrator, Carol Stuart-Schadoff, 63, was found guilty of negligent homicide and sentenced to four years probation and the same amount of restitution. She was also sentenced to 500 hours of community service and is barred from working again in the medical field.

Biskind’s history in the abortion industry is riddled with problems including another woman’s death. Nevertheless, “pro-choice” groups defended Biskind from the outset of this case, going so far as to set up a Biskind defence fund. Following Biskind’s arrest, Vicky Conroy of Legal Action for Women (LAW) warned “there are abortionists like John Biskind in every state.” In a press release by LAW, Conroy criticized the feminist mantra, ‘Keep abortion safe and legal.’ “Abortion may be considered legal on paper, but it is certainly not safe… We’ve got case after case as proof.” Conroy attributed Lou Ann Herron’s death to the fact that “Biskind, like so many other abortionists, is now mistaken for a respected family practitioner when in reality he is simply a back-alley butcher.”“There are no regulations whatsoever in the abortion industry and only after numerous deaths and injuries does anyone turn an eye toward such incompetence.”

At the time of her death Heron was a 33 year old mother with two sons who was pregnant with a 23-26 week old unborn child. Court testimony indicates that there were indications that pre-abortion ultrasound results had been manipulated to hide the fact that the unborn child was probably 26 weeks old and able to survive outside the womb. Although Heron’s legs were numb as a result of massive blood loss, Biskind left his abortion facility for the day. And when a frantic employee told Biskind, by cell phone, that the patient was struggling to breath and had no pulse, Biskind opted to keep an appointment with his tailor.

For more on the sentencing see:  http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0504biskind04-ON.html


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