Two doctors who performed late-term abortions in a Cecil County clinic now face murder charges. The police investigation began last year when police say Dr. Steven Brigham and Dr. Nicola Riley performed part of an abortion in New Jersey, then transferred the patient to Maryland to finish it. When the 18-year-old woman suffered complications she was taken to the hospital. Then, police searched the abortion clinic looking for her medical records, but they found something else in the freezer.
“It contained the fetuses, approximately 35,” a Cecil County police officer explained. “Some of them appeared to be close to full- term.”
Riley, who lives in Utah, faces one count of first- and second-degree murder. Brigham, from New Jersey, faces five counts of murder.
The indictment is sealed so details are limited.
Reached by phone, State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins would not tell WJZ if the victims are indeed the fetuses found in the freezer.
Late-term abortions are legal in Maryland, but WJZ has learned that prosecutors are planning to use a viable fetus law until now used only in homicides involving pregnant women.
The abortion clinic in Elkton is now closed but fallout from the investigation has already led to changes in the state’s abortion regulations.
“We have the least restrictive abortion laws in the country,” Md. Sen. Nancy Jacobs, R-Cecil and Harford County, said.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Looking Under the Rock of Abortion II
Awhile back I posted about the story of the Philadelphia abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, arrested for murder. No one who read the story with any imagination could conclude that it was anything other than the tip of a very deep and ugly iceberg. This week comes another story that is, sadly, all-too-similar: