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Criminal abortionist Brigham may continue to run New Jersey facilities

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

TRENTON, New Jersey, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An abortionist charged and convicted of endangering patients may now be allowed by New Jersey to run the very facilities he was ordered to sell.

Stephen Brigham, 59, had his medical license stripped in 2014 for illegally committing dangerous late-term abortions. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners may now allow him to run abortion facilities.

Because he endangered the lives of women, Brigham was ordered to sell his financial interest in his seven New Jersey abortion mills. But instead of complying with the ruling, Brigham "transferred" ownership of the mills to his cohort and "medical director," Vikram Kaji.

Kaji, 80, was disciplined for sexually abusing patients in the 1990s and again for incompetence as a medical director. During the later, 2013 hearing, Kaji admitted that a stroke affected his vision and memory.

Brigham formed "Fidelity Venture Services" to manage the business affairs of "American Women's Services," his seven abortion facilities. 

Brigham's lawyer, Joseph Gorrell, says he sold all seven abortion mills to Kaji and presented a stock transfer certificate to the NJBME as proof of sale. Kaji, however, testified that he was not the owner of the abortion businesses, and that Brigham continued to "run the show." Kaji later backpedaled from that statement, saying he had been confused.

On Tuesday, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners (NJBME) determined that Brigham's transfer to co-conspirator Kaji – even though Brigham illegally committed late-term abortions, and was "selling" his facilities just to keep owner control – may be legal, and Brigham may manage the seven lucrative abortion businesses.

The NJBME rejected the state attorney general's request to ban Kaji as "medical director" and rescind his license. They merely recommended that an administrative board sort out the legality of Brigham's machinations.

Brigham has been disciplined numerous times in hearings at taxpayer expense. Philly.com noted that Brigham was previously ordered by the NJBME to pay $561,000 in penalties and prosecution costs related to his license revocation and reported that Brigham has a "25-year, multistate history of trouble with medical boards, regulators, the IRS, landlords, creditors, and prosecutors in Maryland."

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For years, Brigham committed late-term abortions in facilities not licensed for such surgeries, and he extracted the murdered babies in the womb in a Maryland facility where he was not licensed to operate. Finally, a woman who was critically injured by Brigham reported his illegal practices to authorities.

"It defies logic that the NJ Board of Medical Examiners would refuse to revoke Vikram Kaji's license, given his track record," Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews. "This is an abortionist who previously lost his license for sexually abusing his patients in the early 1990s and was disciplined in 2013 for not following procedures required of a medical director."

Tasy continued, "He recently testified last year that he did not own Brigham's clinics and that Brigham was running the show, but now he claims he is 'confused,' and the Board of Medical Examiners accepts that?"

"Brigham has once again devised another one of his schemes to try to circumvent the law and stay in control of his clinics," Tasy said. "We are pleased that the attorney general will be pursuing this case and hope their case against these two disgraced abortionists will prevail."

"The real losers in all of this are the unsuspecting women who frequent these clinics."

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