Abortion Center Owners Charged

25 06 2008

Lifenews.com is reporting that San Diego County prosecutors officially charged two owners of a chain of abortion clinics with practicing without a license and grand theft.

Bertha Pinedo Bugarin stands accused of telling women considering abortions that she was a licensed medical doctor. She also illegally prescribed the women drugs that only a licensed physician can prescribe.

Prosecutors said Bugarin’s actions put women at risk and cited one case involving a woman who had to be rushed to the hospital because of a life-threatening medical condition.

“This defendant preyed on women in the Hispanic community,” San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said during the Friday hearing, according to the Los Angeles Times. “By passing herself off as a doctor, she put these women’s lives in serious danger.”

Dumanis said nine former patients identified Bertha Bugarin as the Clinica Medica de la Mujer abortion center owner who masqueraded as a physician.

She said one woman ultimately gave birth prematurely to a baby who lived for three hours before dying. A second paid $500 for an abortion and had to return a second time because the abortion procedure failed to remove all of the body of the unborn child.

Of course, the pro-choice crowd would say, “See? This is what would happen if you make abortion illegal. Women would be forced to go to persons who are operating in the shadows illegally.” Here’s what Abort73.com has to say about this:

Ostensibly, this argument is made in the name of safety. “If women can’t abort legally, they’ll do so illegally, and it will be much more dangerous for them.” While this claim is not true, even it were, nothing would change. Abortion would still be unjustified. Wouldn’t it be absurd to try and legalize armed robbery by arguing that granting such measures would make it much safer for the burglars to obtain what they’re trying to steal? Laws must protect the potential victim, not the potential assailant.