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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Former Abortion Clinic Administrator Arrested on Misdemeanor Charges, Alabama AG King Says

From Kaiser Network's Daily Women's Health Policy Reports, Dec. 12, 2006.
See also Associated Press.

Janet Onthank King [no relation to the Attorney General]-- former administrator at the Summit Medical Center abortion clinic in Birmingham, Ala. [Annie's note: they're a six clinic chain, one of which is where I had my own abortion 28 years ago] -- on Friday was arrested on misdemeanor charges, including performing illegal abortions at the clinic, according to the Alabama Attorney General's Office, the Birmingham News reports (Garrison/Walton, Birmingham News, 12/9). Summit in June yielded its license in response to a suspension order issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health on May 17 and has been closed since May 18. State health officials said a clinic staff member in February performed an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion and determined she was at six weeks' gestation, when she actually was almost full-term. A nurse practitioner gave the woman mifepristone, which when taken with misoprostol can cause a medical abortion, even though her blood pressure was too high. The woman six days later went to an emergency department and delivered a six-pound, four-ounce stillborn infant, according to the state health department. State Attorney General Troy King (R) and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners are investigating the clinic for possible criminal charges (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 8/11).

According to the News, Onthank King, who is a registered nurse, faces two charges of "knowingly or recklessly" performing abortions as a nonphysician and one charge of making false entries in required equipment sterilization reports. "She is definitely surprised and shocked that they would charge her," Richard Jaffe, Onthank King's lawyer, said, adding, "Her involvement in [the February] incident was minor. She performed no procedures, she prescribed no medications; in short, she committed no crime." Onthank King surrendered to the Jefferson County sheriff's office on Friday and was released on a $3,000 bond (Garrison/Walton, Birmingham News, 12/9). If convicted, she faces a maximum of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine for each charge, the AP/Decatur Daily reports. Jaffe said Onthank King's nursing license in Alabama was "still in place" (AP/Decatur Daily, 12/9).
The above mifepristone link shows that the FDA said Nov. 15, 2004 that "Mifeprex [the trade name for mifepristone] was approved in 2000 for the termination of early pregnancy, defined as 49 days or less."

"49 days or less" versus "almost full-term." (eye twitching starting now)

And considering the various, multiple deaths of women from being misadministered that drug cocktail (again, see the mifepristone link: 5 or 6 North American maternal deaths from 2001 through 2004), all this alleged nurse gets is six months in prison and a $3,000 fine? Not her license revoked??

If this kind of harm were happening to dogs, monkeys or circus elephants, there'd be buckets of newspaper ink and throngs of protesters on sidewalks.

This is what we mean by "culture of death." Our media, our society, doesn't even blink, never mind deal out proper consequences, when a woman's life is placed in such danger anymore.

Read on for more of what I mean...

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