N.J. Med Panel Suspends Abortion Doctor

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New Jersey authorities suspended a doctor's medical license Wednesday for performing unauthorized late-term abortions in the state.

Dr. Steven Brigham avoided state laws governing late-term abortions by medicating his patients in Voorhees, N.J., and then transporting them to his Maryland clinic to finish the procedure, according to officials.

The state's Board of Medical Examiners concluded the 54-year-old was a "clear and imminent danger to the public's health, safety and welfare."

"Dr. Brigham has consistently and repetitively engaged in manipulative and deceptive behavior designed to circumvent the requirements of the board's termination of pregnancy regulation and to eviscerate the protections that those regulations seek to afford to New Jersey patients," the panel said in its ruling after hearing nearly nine hours of testimony.

In August, a woman died following an abortion at Brigham's Maryland clinic.
   
"We're pleased the board agrees that Dr. Brigham is a danger to women in New Jersey," Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, said. "It is our hope that his license is permanently revoked."

Brigham is in the process of appealing the New Jersey board's decision.

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