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Abortionist Riley Too Dangerous To Practice, Says Maryland Board

The Board upholds Riley's suspension for her part in Brigham's illegal late-term abortion scheme

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org
BALTIMORE, Oct. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Maryland Board of Physicians ruled yesterday that abortionist Nicola Riley's medical license will remain suspended. The decision came after a hearing that was attended by Riley and her attorney, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum.

"We are thankful that Riley will not be allowed to victimize more women, and we renew our call for criminal charges against Riley, her boss Steven Brigham, and all their associates who participated in illegal late-term abortions in Maryland," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Riley's license was suspended on an emergency basis on August 31, 2010, after complaints were filed against her and her employer, Steven Chase Brigham, for a severely botched late-term abortion that required emergency surgery to save the woman's life.

It was then discovered that Brigham, who is not licensed in Maryland, was operating an illegal late-term abortion scheme where abortions as late as 36 weeks would be started at his office in Voorhees, New Jersey and completed at a secret abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland. Police raided the Elkton mill and discover the remains of 35 aborted babies in the freezer.

Brigham's New Jersey medical license has since been suspended, as has the license of George Shepard, Jr., an 88-year old former abortionist who was found to be aiding and abetting Brigham in the unlicensed practice of medicine.

Riley had decided to fight the suspension and submitted additional testimony and documents at yesterday's hearing.

A letter dated October 28, 2010, from the Maryland Board of Physicians addressed to Riley and her counsel stated, "The Board concluded that the arguments and documents submitted, and the responses to the Board's questions did not significantly change the Board's findings or conclusions regarding the danger to the public which would be opposed by Dr. Riley practicing medicine at this time."

Riley was notified of the Board's decision verbally at the end of the hearing.

Operation Rescue has called for criminal charges for all involved in Brigham's illegal late-term abortion scheme, including Riley.

Riley is still licensed to practice medicine in Utah where she continues to do abortions. She had requested licensure in Virginia, however, Operation Rescue forwarded Riley's Maryland disciplinary documents to the Virginia Department of Health Professionals. OR was later notified by letter that Virginia law prohibits them from issuing licenses to physicians who licenses are suspended or revoked in other states.

Riley was convicted in 1991 of aiding and abetting a credit card and identity theft ring while she was serving in the Army. She served one year at Ft. Leavenworth military prison.

Background on this shocking case
Read the Ruling
Read Riley's original suspension order

About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006.  From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.