The news service reports that investigators had evidence that Dr. Mark Binder was performing illegal late term abortions at Brigham’s American Women’s Services Clinic in Colonie, New York, where 17 frozen fetuses were discovered in 1996.
Abortionist Steven Brigham currently faces charges of murder for his role in illegal late-term abortions at a secret clinic in Elkton.
John Meekins, a former NY assistant attorney general who was involved in the case, says that the details that were uncovered about Binder and Brigham were “nasty.”
According to Meekins, one clinic worker testified that she had been told to use a scale which would falsely make more developed aborted babies appear to be under 24 weeks gestation. He also said that an undertaker who picked up a baby’s body from the clinic had described the baby as “fully developed.”
A state Health Department report contained similar allegations made by former lab technicians, patients, and a physician assistant.
Despite this, Meekins, who headed a Medicaid fraud unit, was told by his supervisors to pursue only charges of Medicaid fraud against Brigham.
“We were forbidden to do anything without their approval,” he said.
Meekins claims that he was pressured against pursuing abortion-related charges by Albany Democrats, including an unidentified judge who was reported to have “ties to the Colonie clinic’s landlord.”
“The landlord kept telling me how close they were,” Meekins told the Times-Union, adding that the judge also “paid me a visit.”
The failure of New York authorities to charge Meekins and Brigham with abortion related charges despite clear evidence of violations, is reminiscent of the similar failure of Pennsylvania authorities in relation to “House of Horrors” clinic owner Kermit Gosnell, who stands accused of murdering seven newborn babies and one former client.
“With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay,” said the grand jury.
Abortion is a shady business. It involves shady dealings with shady people. The reason it attracts such shady people it's that a shady act. No amount of "de-stigmatization" will ever change that. People can see it for what it is.