Thursday, August 17, 2006

Florida restricts 5 abortion clinics

MIAMI -- State agencies have accused a doctor of failing to follow proper procedures in two late-term abortions, suspended his license and blocked his five clinics from performing abortions.

Dr. James Pendergraft denies the accusations and plans to appeal the order. Spokeswoman Marti Mackenzie said he was "the target of government agencies determined to limit the access of Florida women to safe and legal late-term abortions."

The emergency license suspension order filed last week by the Health Department said that Pendergraft prescribed drugs without appropriate authorization in two third-trimester abortions he performed in 2004 and 2005.

Cry me a bloody river. Usually, by the time the government catches up with these abortionists, they've done lots of damage.

In another instance, clinic records said a woman given drugs to abort her fetus was 22 weeks pregnant, in her second trimester, but the fetus she delivered at home was later determined to be 25 to 27 weeks old and therefore subject to third-trimester restrictions, the order said.

Sick. How in the name of God can anyone abort babies that late???

Mackenzie said Pendergraft had appropriate medical documentation for the first abortion. It was performed after the woman learned her fetus was in the breech position, had a swollen head, no lungs and one kidney,

So if he's going to die anyway, why not wait until he's born, and not have the guilt of causing his death on one's hands?

Pendergraft previously pleaded guilty to impeding justice over a federal lawsuit he filed against Marion County claiming a clinic was not adequately protected from abortion protesters. County officials said the lawsuit was part of an extortion plot meant to force them to pay Pendergraft and an associate to close the clinic.

Shady, shady stuff. I'm telling you, abortion is a shady business. Making it legal didn't make it more respectable.


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