Maryland Abortionist Who Stored 35 Frozen Aborted Babies Loses License

Maryland Abortionist Who Stored 35 Frozen Aborted Babies Loses License

The Maryland Board of Physicians has permanently revoked the license of abortionist Nicola I. Riley. In a blistering order issued May 6th, Riley was prohibited from ever again applying for licensure or reinstatement of her license.

According to pro-life organization Operation Rescue, Riley’s license was first suspended in September of 2010, after having perforated the uterus and pulled out a bowel of a patient at an illegal, clandestine late-term abortion clinic in Elkton operated by abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who is not licensed in Maryland. Both Elkton Police, and a physician at a Baltimore hospital to which the patient was air-lifted for the emergency surgery that saved her life, filed complaints. Physicians found that part of the fetus had been shoved into the patient’s abdominal cavity when Riley ruptured her uterus.

When police raided the Elkton clinic, they found the remains of thirty-five frozen late-term aborted babies. Both Riley and Brigham were arrested and charged with murder of the babies, but charges were dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution abandoned the case under pressure from the abortion lobby.

Brigham’s bi-state abortion business operates in both New Jersey, which bans abortions in clinics after 14 weeks, and nearby Maryland, which has no gestational limits on abortions. The business was a perfect set-up for the lucrative late-term abortion market where fees often range from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Operation Rescue, Brigham would initiate the late-term abortions in his New Jersey office, then ship the patients, already in labor, down to his clinic in Elkton where the abortions would be completed with Riley’s assistance. Brigham’s spin on his actions was that, since all the babies died in New Jersey on the first day he saw the patients, Maryland had no jurisdiction to prosecute him. New Jersey has not sought a criminal case against him.

The Maryland Board’s 24-page order states:

In view of the fraudulent and deceptive nature of Dr. Riley’s criminal conduct, her demonstrated lack of candor and integrity on her application to the Board and to Utah and Wyoming, and her demonstrated propensity for dishonesty and misrepresentation, Dr. Riley’s unprofessional conduct is not remediable. In light of the unprofessional manner in which she treated this critically damaged patient, the Board does not believe that Maryland patients would be safe in the hands of this physician. Dr. Riley’s fraudulent acts and unprofessional treatment of the patient merit the permanent revocation of her medical license in this State.

The Board faulted Riley for transporting her critically injured patient to a nearby hospital in the back seat of Brigham’s rental car:

Dr. Riley’s decision was also faulty and unprofessional because it involved lifting up a consciously sedated ad slumped-over patient in order to move her from the operating table to a wheelchair, from a wheelchair to the car, and from the car onto another wheelchair before arrival at the Union Hospital ER…The patient’s bowel, usually in a sterile compartment in the abdominal cavity, was protruding in to her unsterile vagina. [An expert for the State] opined that lifting her up, putting her in a seated position and moving her around in this manner risked further prolapsed of bowel into that area and causing injury to a longer length of bowel.

Riley was also found to have engaged in fraud and deception when she lied on her Maryland medical license application about a prior felony conviction. In addition, the Board found that Riley lied to obtain licensure in Wyoming and her home state of Utah. While serving in the military in 1990, Riley had direct involvement with an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme. She pled guilty to her involvement in the scheme, in which she would take personal information of other servicemen and fraudulently obtain credit cards that she used to purchase jewelry and other items.

Subsequent to Operation Rescue’s discovery of Riley’s conviction and court records from the U.S. Army, which were forwarded to Wyoming and Utah, Wyoming forced Riley to relinquish her medical license. Utah, however, allowed Riley to continue practicing with the restriction that she not perform abortions.

As for Brigham, since he does not have a Maryland license, he cannot be punished by the Board. His New Jersey license, however, is under suspension, though he continues to operate his chain of abortion clinics in that state, Maryland, and Virginia. Brigham’s two remaining Pennsylvania abortion clinics were forced to close.