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Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

Maryland Dr Harold Alexander caught performing illegal late-term abortions

An abortionist who is currently barred from conducting surgical abortions at an unlicensed facility has been caught conducting late-term Dilation and Evacuation abortions late at night to avoid detection. Maryland’s Harold O. Alexander was running Integrated OB/GYN Services in Forestville before being ordered to stop performing surgical abortions and stop administrating certain drugs there.

Operation Rescue has released a video showing several parked cars in their lot at night and then placed a phone call to Alexander’s business number posing as a woman seeking an abortion at 17 weeks gestation.

Alexander himself answered the call and explained that at 17 weeks the abortion would cost $900. He further described how the abortion procedure would be done.

Alexander: Two day procedure. We would put medication into the uterus. That would be through the abdomen – needle through the abdomen. Then we put seaweed sticks in the cervix.

Caller: Okay.

Alexander: That will open up the cervix overnight, and we evacuate the pregnancy in the morning.

Caller: Evacuate?

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

The abortion process described by Alexander is known as a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) procedure, using a digoxin drug injection to cause the baby to suffer a heart attack and die. Due to the size of the unborn baby, the “evacuation” is usually accomplished by dismembering the baby and removing its parts from the womb.

Alexander falsely advertises them as “medication” abortions that are available to 26 weeks gestation on his web site.

“There is another abortionist known to have conducted illegal late-term abortions at night to avoid being found out. His name is Kermit Gosnell,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Alexander has taken a page from Gosnell’s playbook by conducting late-term surgical abortions illegally under the cover of darkness.”

Operation Rescue filed a complaint and requested that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shut down Alexander’s illegal abortion operation pending the outcome of revocation proceedings.

In response, the DHMH sent back a letter noting the following: The Board of Physicians (the “Board”) is in receipt of your complaint regarding the above-mentioned physician. As you are aware, Dr. Alexander was charged by the Board on July 8, 2015. Based on the current pending charges and to avoid duplicative resources, your complaint will be kept on file with the Board.

“It is unbelievable that evidence of illegal late-term surgical abortions done by a repeat offender who is proven pose a danger to the public isn’t being taken seriously by the Board. Alexander is being allowed to continue to place the lives of women in danger with the blessing of the Maryland Board of Physicians,” said Newman. “It makes me wonder what it takes to get the law enforced in Maryland. Without enforcement, laws are meaningless.”

 

 

During an interview in November, 2015, Alexander told Board investigators that he had not conducted an abortion, but had delivered a still-born baby in what he characterized as a “miscarriage,” but the documents collected during the investigation were consent forms for abortion using digoxin to cause fetal demise.

This case was pending when Operation Rescue again documented Alexander’s willingness in February to illegally conduct late-term Dilation and Evacuation procedures at his unlicensed facility in Forestville in violation of previous consent agreements and terms of his probation.

“To ignore evidence of dangerous illegal late-term abortions represents, in my opinion, a dereliction of duty. We again call on the Maryland Board of Physicians protect the public and shut down Alexander’s abortion business and suspend his medical license on an emergency basis until the Board can work through the process to revoke his medical license,” said Newman.

 photo Ivon19 via wikimedia commons

photo Ivon19 via wikimedia commons

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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