Four affiliated abortion clinics in Maryland were shut down and three doctors had their licenses suspended after a patient died at one clinic and regulators found negligence at all four.
Documents show that the clinics in Baltimore, Cheverly, Frederick and Silver Spring were shut down for a second time in early May after regulators received a complaint about a patient who was given a drug used to induce abortions without a doctor present, according to documents posted online by the state Office of Health Care Quality, which regulates the clinics and ordered them to close, the Associated Press reports.
After receiving the drug on Feb. 13 at the Baltimore clinic, the patient, 38-year-old Maria Santiago, was left in the care of an unlicensed medical assistant, during which time she experienced cardiopulmonary arrest and died, the AP reports.
Regulators said Ms. Santiago’s doctor, Iris Dominy, had failed to use a defibrillator — which was later found to be broken, The Daily Mail reports.
Dominy is one of the three suspended doctors, according to the Maryland Board of Physicians. Dr. Mansour Panah, who has been disciplined in the past for unwanted sexual contact with patients, as well as Dr. Michael Basco have also had their licenses suspended.
The clinics are operated by Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC and are affiliated with American Women’s Services, the New Jersey company controlled by Dr. Steven Brigham, an abortion provider whose license has been suspended or revoked in five states, the AP reports.
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Richard Bardos, an attorney who represents Associates in OB/GYN Care, said Brigham is not the owner of the clinics or the LLC, the AP reports. He declined to identify the owners.