Sunday, January 30, 2011

Abortionist formally charged for involvement in illegal abortion ring

by John Jalsevac

BALTIMORE, Maryland, January 28, 2011 ( — The Maryland State Board of Physicians has issued formal charges against Utah abortionist Nicola Riley, an associate of illegal late-term abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, reports the pro-life organization Operation Rescue. Riley’s next hearing is scheduled for April 6, 2011.

In a document filed last week, the Medical Board charges Riley with fraudulently attempting to obtain a medical license, unprofessional conduct, aiding an unqualified person in the practice of medicine, and lying on her medical board license application.

Riley’s Maryland medical license was suspended last September after she botched a late-term abortion on a woman at Brigham’s secret illegal abortion clinic in Elkton. Brigham would ferry women already in the throes of labor to this Maryland clinic from New Jersey, where late-term abortions are illegal.

After Riley perforated the client’s uterus and pulled out part of her intestine, she reportedly first contemplated wheeling the semi-conscious woman to the emergency room two blocks away in a wheelchair, but instead persuaded Brigham to drive them there in his private vehicle. Once at the hospital, Riley’s suspicious behavior further delayed emergency care for the woman, who was later airlifted to Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore for emergency surgery.

Police were notified and raided Brigham’s Elkton clinic where they found 35 bodies of illegally aborted late-term babies; the medical records related to those abortions were not found.

Riley could still be charged criminally in Maryland and New Jersey.

The Board also details how Riley lied about a previous felony conviction in order to fraudulently obtain licensure in Maryland. The abortionist attempted to lead the board to believe that she only failed to report a credit card and identity theft ring that was being conducted by enlisted men under her command while serving in the U.S. Army at Ft. Collins, Colorado.

However, Riley’s records from the Army, which were obtained by Operation Rescue, indicate that Riley would access names and social security numbers of personnel through her normal duties, then would use that information to fill out credit card applications at nearby jewelry stores. Riley would use the fraudulent credit line to procure thousands of dollars of merchandise. Riley was convicted and served over a year at Ft. Leavenworth Military Prison in Kansas, after which she was dishonorably discharged.

Riley attempted to conceal the true nature of her crimes by telling the Board that her military records were sealed due to her “top secret security clearance,” which she never had, and by indicating that her records were lost in a fire.

The Medical Board also discovered that Riley lied to gain acceptance at the University of Utah Medical School after her conviction. Riley stated on her application that she completed her tour of duty in 1992 and “left the military with numerous decorations, a multitude of experiences, and friends spanning the globe.” She never mentioned that part of her “multitude of experiences” included a year of incarceration in a federal military prison.

Remarkably, in spite of having been declared a danger to the public, Riley continues to abort babies in Utah.

“We call on the University of Utah to strip Riley of her fraudulently obtained medical degree. We have already filed a complaint with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing asking for a suspension of her Utah medical license based on Maryland charges. Their slowness in acting to protect women is disturbing,” said Troy Newman, the head of Operation Rescue.

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