Sunday, September 27, 2009

Unlicensed Abortionist Jailed; Accomplices also Convicted

Bertha Bugarin's Chula Vista, Calif. abortion clinic has closed as she serves a 7-year prison sentence. New clinic opens in town with different abortionist, who is on probation.

-- From "Local Abortion Clinic's Troubled History Raises Questions" posted at San Diego 9/25/09

. . . Bertha Bugarin, was sentenced to seven years in state prison for posing as a doctor and performing illegal abortions.

A court recently sentenced her accomplices, Luz Catalina-Gomez and Paloma Rodriguez, to three years probation.

A new clinic has recently opened up under the name Woman's Choice Family Planning Clinic, and it is being run by Dr. Andrew Rutland. Sources told 10News that Rutland has had problems in the past and is on probation.

Rutland was accused by the State Medical Board of negligently treating ten patients, including two infants who died. He surrendered his license, but applied for reinstatement five years later.

"The doctor [Rutland] who is presently here has connections with one of the doctors who used to work for Bugarin who lost his license because of malpractice suits," said pro-life advocate Luis Mendoza.

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From "Abortion Center Workers in California Sentenced for Illegal, Unlicensed Abortions" by Steven Ertelt, Editor 9/25/09

With the abortion practitioners her centers hired having their own legal problems, Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, 48, took it upon herself to do abortions. As reported in April, Bugarin was sentenced on a second set of charges that she did abortions without a medical license.

Bugarin was accused of putting more than a dozen patients at risk by doing abortions on them or giving them the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug without having medical training.

Of Bugarin, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said, "This criminal preyed on women in the Hispanic community and has now been held accountable. By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women's lives in serious danger."

For years, Operation Rescue exposed wrongdoing at the abortion chain. As a result, numerous abortion practitioners hired by Bugarin suffered license revocation and other severe discipline.

Her chain of six abortion clinics, known as Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy, has now closed.

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