Published On: Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Virginia Health Group in Fairfax loses license after violations linked to abortion doctor Steven Brigham

Health inspectors have suspended the license of an abortion facility based in a Washington D.C. suburb, run by an abortionist who has lost his license in multiple states, severely injured at least one woman, seen another die, and stashed dozens of aborted babies’ bodies in freezers inside a secret abortion facility. The Virginia Health Group located in Fairfax, run by Steven Chase Brigham, is now facing 26 violations, according to a new report from the  Virginia Department of Health,

The 52-page report has shocked abortion supporters: “Evidence of wrongdoing at Brigham’s American Women’s Services facility in Fairfax is part of a clear pattern of repeated and serious misconduct that poses a significant threat to patient safety, and which cannot be allowed to go unchecked in Virginia,” said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation.

Horrible conditions in abortion clinics was highlighted during the Kermit Gosnell trial (photo supplied) by may be a broader problem

Horrible conditions in abortion clinics was highlighted during the Kermit Gosnell trial (photo supplied) but are a broader problem

Brigham is often associated alongside Kermit Gosnell by the pro-life movement for his decades-long record of hurting women, skirting state laws, and operating troubled facilities under questionable legal arrangements up and down the Atlantic coast.

Some of the violations include: a young woman was rushed to the emergency room to be treated for massive bleeding after there were no sutures available at the facility, VHG’s staff failed to clean and sterilize instruments between abortion procedures and had expired medication on site, Employees sometimes failed to wash their hands and, in one case, an employee unclogged a toilet before holding a patient’s hand during a surgical abortion, they said.



Brigham has lost or allowed his license to lapse in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and Georgia.

Despite the track record, his American Women’s Services continues to operate in three states, including Virginia.

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, who leads the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, wrote a letter warning state officials that pro-life advocates may “attempt to use this deplorable incident as part of their coordinated campaign to close clinics and restrict access to reproductive health care. We strenuously urge you to reject their propaganda.”

The Washington Post reports that the facility stopped scheduling new procedures on April 8 but is seeing women for follow-up exams.

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