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Pennsylvania abortion clinic closed due to doctor affiliation

A Philadelphia abortion clinic was closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health because it failed to disclose its ties to Steven Brigham. Brigham is unable to practice medicine in the state due to medical malpractice, and he has a history of flouting abortion and health codes. The newly opened clinic was given 30 days to file an appeal or its closure would become permanent.

Brigham has either relinquished or lost his medical license in five states. In addition to a troubled professional life, he has a history of problems with the IRS, creditors and landlords. At the time of the report. he was in the process of trying to regain a suspended medical license in New Jersey, where it was determined that he had endangered his patients, violated medical standards and neglected to follow surgical safety practices.

The Bustleton Avenue clinic, Integrity Family Health, is affiliated with Brigham's multistate abortion enterprise, American Women's Services. When the health department conducted its initial inspection of the facility, it was unaware of this fact. The state was prompted to investigate the clinic after concerns were raised that American Women's Services was actually making appointments for it. The investigation led to confirmation of the connection to the medical practitioner.

Patients are entitled to care that is provided by competent and properly licensed individuals. When this doesn't happen, lives may be put at risk. For Pennsylvania residents who have been endangered or hurt during a medical procedure because of medical error or the carelessness of a medical professional, recourse may be available through the filing of a legal claim.

Source: Philly.com, "State orders abortion clinic shut, citing Brigham connection", Marie McCullough, November 27, 2013

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