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A nurse practitioner whose license was suspended by the state of Alabama earlier after she was accused of illegally giving medical abortions without a doctor’s supervision now is facing the possibility of time in jail and fines if convicted on three specific counts.
Janet F. Onthank King, 58, whose license was suspended along with that of abortionist Deborah Lyn Levich early in 2006, has been arrested by authorities in Jefferson County, Ala., on two counts of “knowingly or recklessly performing abortions as a non-physician.”
The Summit Medical Center was closed after a nurse was accused of illegally giving out a fatal abortion drug
According to state Attorney General Troy King, the woman also faces one count of falsifying business records at Summit Medical Center by fabricating entries about the sterilization of medical “equipment.”
Authorities say she faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000 on each count.
The abortion business itself was shut down when its license was suspended by the state Department of Public Health at the same time, and later closed permanently through a bankruptcy court proceeding, officials said.
State prosecutors said they presented evidence to a Jefferson County grand jury on November 15, resulting in three indictments returned against the woman.
The charges stem from the death last February of an unborn baby whose mother was given the abortion chemical RU-486 at the business.
State prosecutors launched their investigation after the state board released a report that found “egregious lapses in care, including non-physicians performing abortions, severely underestimating the gestational age of a fetus, failure to appropriately refer or treat a patient with a dangerously elevated blood pressure, and performing an abortion on a late-term pregnancy.”
The now-closed procedure room where abortions were performed
“We thank God and the State of Alabama for taking meaningful steps to protect the public from this shoddy abortionist,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “All too often states cover up (these) crimes.”
“We know that unsafe conditions and an arrogant ‘above the law’ attitude are pervasive in the abortion industry, which cares more for the financial profits than for the welfare of the women they exploit,” Newman said. “We pray other states would follow Alabama’s example and launch honest investigations into abortionists and their ‘chop shops’ that are operating outside the law.”
The child, only a few weeks from birth, was delivered, dead, about a week after the mother was given the chemicals, authorities said.
Reports said the child was “reported” as being six weeks old, when in fact, the mother had been eight months pregnant.
The nurse practitioner gave the woman the dangerous RU-486 abortion drug which is approved for use only through the sixth week of pregnancy.
“That baby was viable and healthy prior to her encounter with King, and should have had the protection of Alabama’s law banning post-viability abortions, which is a Class A felony,” Newman said. “We promise to look into why there has been this apparent miscarriage of justice.”
Reports say the woman went to the abortion business on Feb. 20, and was given an ultrasound by a non-physician in violation of state law. She was told she was six weeks pregnant, critics charged.
“Non-physicians” then gave her the chemicals, and six days later the woman delivered a six-pound, four-ounce baby – dead.
“In my 26 years of pro-life work in Birmingham, I know scores of injured women and four who died soon after receiving the services of area abortion clinics,” said pro-life activist Jim Pinto.
“This just goes to show that abortion mills will lie, falsify records, give abortions without doctors, botch abortions, and never think they will ever be held accountable, and unfortunately that is the case in many states,” said Newman.
OR just recently argued that an abortion business in Huntsville, Ala., should be closed down after the state Health Department cited the location for violating 10 state laws.
Officials reported the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives was found to have been forwarding after-hours medical emergencies to non-medical personnel, routinely failing to document the gestational age of the unborn baby, and releasing abortion patients without following the mandatory 20-minute recovery period, according to a statement from Operation Rescue.
These are just the latest in a string of abortion businesses that have been cited – or even closed down – when they are inspected for their compliance with state laws and medical regulations.
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian groups in the country, and it recently made headlines by purchasing and closing down an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan.
In addition to that abortion business closure, more than a dozen other abortion businesses in Illinois, Ohio, California, Alabama and Florida have been closed over a variety of issues, including workers without medical licenses performing medical procedures, the misuse of drugs, babies allegedly killed after being born alive, and a disappearing abortionist.
- In Aurora, Illinois, sheriff’s deputies hauled away “medical equipment” and office supplies as a clinic run by abortionist Louis S. Myers was closed down on orders from the landlord, who evicted the business. The property owner, who ran the abortion business for years himself before retiring, said the new business operator simply disappeared.
- Ohio state regulators this fall uncovered a dozen health code violations, including a serious situation that endangered the life of a patient, and shut down an East Side Cleveland clinic.
- A clinic in Omaha, Neb., also was closed because the land was purchased from underneath the business and the owners couldn’t find another facility to rent.
- A facility in Birmingham, Ala., was closed because of a suspended license.
- One business in Montgomery, Ala., was closed when authorities found the abortionist didn’t have hospital privileges.
- A business in Hialeah, Fla., was closed by an investigation into allegations a baby was born alive, then killed and placed on the roof of the building to avoid detection by police.
- Five clinics owned by a Florida abortionist when his license was suspended all were closed, although several of those reopened later.
- And another case involved a business in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the abortionist said he didn’t want to meet the required rules.