‘Pioneering’ NYC abortionist, 90, struck by SUV outside department store
NEW YORK CITY, February 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Mansoor Day, 90, who opened one of the first abortion facilities in New York City after 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal, was struck by an out-of-control SUV in front of Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday morning and remained in critical condition at Belleview Hospital Center Wednesday.
Witnesses told the New York Post that a silver Ford Escape and a van were heading south on Fifth Avenue when the van bumped the SUV, sending it careening over the curb into a column in front of the Saks entrance.
The SUV “was heading right into a group of five or six people,” according to real estate broker Owen Hane, 50, who witnessed the event. “Unfortunately [Day] didn’t get out of the way, didn’t look up, and that’s the one guy who got hit.”
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Although the collision appears to have been an accident, the driver of the SUV, Richard Moussi, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of possessing a fraudulent insurance card. His bail was set at $3,500. His lawyer, Kelly Lyons, said the vehicle, which is registered to an owner in North Carolina, was borrowed and the insurance came with it.
Day’s daughter Doris, 50, told the New York Daily News that her father suffered a broken neck, broken hip, and two broken legs in the accident. Still, she expressed optimism about his eventual recovery.
“If he can recover from this he’ll be, God willing, fully functioning,” she said. “For somebody who got hit as bad as he was and as old as he is, he’s doing remarkably well.”
Day, a native of Tehran, moved to New York in his 20s. “He considers himself a true-blue American, a lifelong New Yorker,” his daughter said. “He thought it was the greatest city in the world.”
Day and two colleagues, Arthur Miller and Roy Gold, founded the VIP Medical Associates abortion clinic in 1973. The facility was the first in New York state to provide abortions to low-income women after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
“It was important to him that women had access to abortion,” his son Charles told the New York Post.
“He has a strong, intrinsic sense of right and wrong,” Day’s granddaughter Sabrina Ghalili, 21, said of her grandfather’s career as a pioneer in the abortion industry. “When he feels something is right in his heart, he’s going to pursue it.”
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