May 27, 2000: Despite a long record of injuring women – resulting in his being placed on probation for eight years before finally losing his license – the sentencing of one of Northern California's most notorious abortionists to a year in the county jail for killing one of his patients came as a shock to his supporters.
Dr. Bruce Steir, 68, was immediately taken into custody for the involuntary manslaughter of Sharon Hamptlon, a 27-year-old Medi-Cal patient who bled to death in front of her three-year-old son while being driven home by her mother after an abortion in December 1996.
According to the prosecutor, Steir knew he had punctured Hamptlon's uterus during the procedure, but failed to call emergency personnel because his medical license was already on probation for previous allegations of negligence.
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"We're devastated," said Shauna Heckert, executive director of the Feminist Women's Health Center in Chico.
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