The Maryland Board of Physicians has ordered Dr. Steven Brigham, Dr. Nicola Riley, and George Shepard Jr. to stop practicing medicine in the state. The order comes following a botched abortion last month that left an 18-year-old with a uterine perforation.
The abortion was performed at a facility in Elkton, Maryland after the patient first went to see Brigham in New Jersey. She was reportedly given medication to induce contractions and ordered to drive 60 miles to the Maryland medical clinic.
This is not the first time that Brigham, who doesn’t even have a medical license in Maryland, has been ordered to stop practicing medicine in a state. His Pennsylvania medical license was revoked in the early 1990’s following an investigation into one of his clinics. In 1994, he was barred from practicing medicine in New York. In 1996, Florida also revoked his medical license.
As for Riley, the state physicians’ board suspended her medical license after determining that she was a “threat” to patient safety and a “danger to the public.” Shephard is accused of ordering medications for the AWS facilities in Maryland and participating in the arrangement of abortion procedures begun in one state and completed in another.
Maryland Abortion Malpractice
Botched abortion procedures can result in serious injuries or death and may be grounds for a Maryland medical malpractice case. Examples of abortion-related complications:
• Cervical lacerations
• Uterine perforations
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Increased risk of cancer
Maryland officials order Dr. Steven Brigham to halt abortions, Lehighvalleylive.com, September 5, 2010
Abortion doctor licensed in N.J. is ordered to stop practicing in Md. after patient is critically injured, AP/NJ.com, September 4, 2010
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