Monday, February 17, 2014

Texas Yanks Abortionist's License for 268 Killed

The Texas Medical Board has suspended the medical license of a Houston abortionist for violating the "safe" abortion law enacted last year that took effect in November, but the slaughter of children may continue once he and the abortion mill are in compliance.

For background, read about the Texas legislative battle over abortion restrictions.

Also read Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Admit Defeat as well as Abortionists Lament Ever-greater State Limits

-- From "Houston abortion doctor's license suspended" by The Associated Press 2/14/14

The Austin-based board said Friday Dr. Theodore Herring Jr. had performed 268 unlawful abortions [over a two-month period] and continuing his practice would be a "continuing threat to public welfare."

The board says a December inspection of his north Houston clinic showed Herring didn't have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of his clinic as mandated. The panel says another inspection last week showed he still lacked the privileges and completed paperwork.

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From "Abortion doctor’s license pulled under new law" by Chuck Lindell, American-Statesman Staff 2/14/14

According to the medical board, Herring admitted that he did not have privileges during a Department of State Health Services surprise inspection — which are required at least annually — of his clinic on Dec. 11.

In response, Herring informed the agency of his plans to obtain privileges, but a follow-up inspection on Feb. 7 found that he still lacked the required approval from a hospital within 30 miles of his clinic, the board said.

The Department of State Health Services also revoked the abortion facility license for the clinic. It was the first abortion facility penalized by the agency for not having admitting privileges, spokeswoman Carrie Williams said.

Herring, a licensed physician for almost 40 years, was the only doctor providing abortions at A Affordable Woman’s Medical Center in north Houston, according to medical board records.

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From "Houston abortion clinic shut down by state" by Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle 2/14/14

Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 7, according to the department's license revocation order, Herring performed 99 abortions.

[Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, said] he believes there are other Texas abortion providers still not in compliance with the law. He noted that Douglas Karpen, the Houston doctor accused last year of performing late-term abortions by an anti-abortion group but cleared of wrongdoing by a Harris County grand jury, lists no admitting privileges on the medical board's website.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the admitting privileges provision last month, but hasn't yet issued a ruling. In October, the court lifted a U.S. district judge's injunction barring Texas from enforcing that requirement.

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From "Abortionist temporarily loses license for performing 268 abortions without admitting privileges" by Ben Johnson, 2/14/14

In late October, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the law's regulations on admitting privileges, saying that forcing abortionists to have admitting privileges would do nothing to reduce patient abandonment, such as Planned Parenthood was accused of in the case of Tonya Reaves.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned Yeakel's decision on the matter of admitting privileges just three days later. The abortion providers then appealed to the Supreme Court.

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the law could be implemented during the appeals process, saying that the admitting privileges requirement does not place an "undue burden" on women seeking an abortion. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

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Click headlines below to read previous articles:

California Abortionist Loses License over Homicide

Two Abortionists Arrested, Charged with Murder in Maryland

Florida Abortionist Loses License for Killing Healthy Fetus

Kermit the Abortionist, in Prison for Infanticide

More Abortionists Admit Killing Kids After Birth