Steven Brigham, 55, the New Jersey-based abortion provider who has been in trouble for much of his two-decade medical career, has been charged by Maryland with murdering viable fetuses found at his secret Elkton, Md., clinic in August 2010, authorities said.
Brigham, of Voorhees, was arrested by Camden County police Wednesday and is in the county jail, police said Friday.
A codefendant, physician Nicola Riley, 46, was arrested in her hometown of Salt Lake City and is in jail there. Both are awaiting extradition hearings, police said.
Maryland is one of 38 states with a law recognizing fetuses that could have survived outside the womb as murder victims, but the 2005 statute has been used only in cases in which a pregnant woman was murdered or assaulted.
Then I read on. This Brigham is a very bad man. He's lost his licence in four states.
Here's the time line of his deeds.
1992: Steven Brigham, a few years out of medical school, voluntarily forfeits his Pennsylvania medical license to end an investigation into his Wyomissing clinic. The landlord had successfully sued him for concealing his plans to perform abortions.
1994: New York state takes Brigham's license for botching late-term abortions, one begun in Voorhees, calling him "undertrained" with "submarginal abilities."
1995: Florida revokes Brigham's license based on New York's action.
1996: New Jersey regulators try to revoke Brigham's license for botching bi-state abortions. An administrative judge reinstates the license.
June 2009: A clinic that will not divulge an address, Grace Medical Care, begins online advertising for "abortions up to 36 weeks." Other abortion providers ask New Jersey regulators to investigate, to no avail.
April 2010: The IRS places $234,536 in liens against Brigham for failing to pay payroll taxes from 2002 to 2006.
Aug. 13, 2010: An 18-year-old New Jersey woman, critically injured during an abortion at a clinic in Elkton, Md., is airlifted to a Baltimore hospital. She subsequently files a complaint with Elkton police.
Aug. 17, 2010: Police raid Brigham's Elkton clinic, where he completed late-term abortions begun in his Voorhees clinic. Online, the business advertised as Grace Medical Care.
Oct. 14, 2010: Brigham loses his only remaining medical license when the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners suspends it, calling Brigham "a clear and imminent danger to the public health."
March 2011: American Women's Services acquires the Pensacola, Fla., abortion clinic where Brigham worked in 1994 as a replacement for a physician murdered by an anti-abortion activist.
July 2011: The Pennsylvania Health Department bans Brigham from having an equity interest in abortion clinics because he keeps employing unlicensed caregivers. The state subsequently approves his mother as the new owner of his Allentown and Pittsburgh clinics.
Dec. 28, 2011: Brigham is arrested and charged by Maryland with multiple counts of murder. He is accused of aborting viable fetuses.
While the man obviously needed to be stopped, could authorities not have shut him down some other way? It looks like some people -- including the director of a legit women's clinic -- did try but charging him with the murder of fetuses sets a very bad precedent putting other good, caring abortion providers at risk.
Like the despicable Kermit Gosnell, this predator may occasion new regulations, new restrictions, new calls for criminalization.
There will be yet more stigmatization of abortion providers, their employees, and their patients. Nut jobs will justify more acts of violence, arson, and murder by citing their crimes.
Oh. Look. The Pensacola clinic that had already been the site of a bombing and two murders was again torched last night.
Scum like Gosnell and Brigham are enabled to continue to prey on vulnerable women just because the Fetus Lobby has so successfully pushed abortion to the margins of medicine and health care.
With our own Fetus Lobby gearing up here, we must be even more vigilant and ready to hit the streets. *sigh* Again.
Happy fucking new year.