NEW ORLEANS (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pro-lifers are crying foul to get an abortionist working with a restricted license removed.
On Tuesday, Lousiana Right to Life sent a letter of concern for public safety to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) about an abortionist who may be performing abortions on a restricted license.
Abortionist Dr. Kevin Govan Work has been working at two abortion mills, Delta Women's Clinic in Baton Rouge and Women's Healthcare Center in New Orleans, despite an LSBME 2017 ruling that only allows him to practice in the area of "wound care" and in a practice with another doctor. Delta Women's Clinic has been hit with numerous inspection violations and lawsuits, almost every year, since 2004.
Church Militant spoke with staff at Delta who refused to say the names of the abortionists. Church Militant was told that information was given out during their counseling sessions, at a cost $150.
Benjamin Clapper, the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, told Church Militant, "Sidewalk counselors acknowledged that Dr. Work was working at the abortion facility without another physician present." He added that in Lousiana abortion mills, usually more than one doctor is present.
Work's medical license is restricted for two years with the conditions that his place of work must be approved by the LSBME. Work must also complete additional continuing educations since he was unable to pass the Board Certification Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In the statement, Clapper said:
Dr. Kevin Work, by practicing in these two OBGYN-focused abortion facilities as a solo practitioner without another doctor on site, appears from publicly-accessible documents to be in clear violation of his probation. With his troubled history of threatening the health and safety of Louisiana citizens at outpatient abortion facilities, we would be shocked if the State Board of Medical Examiners authorized Dr. Work to practice abortion.
Richard Mahoney of the National American Holocaust Memorial has been documenting the complaints against Delta for years. Their office is actually a former location of a Delta clinic they helped to close down.
Among Mahoney's findings is that Work's reinstatement to practice wound care came after a one-year suspension of his medical license in 2015. The LSBME found numerous complaints that Work "was allowing his staff members to do ultrasounds and provide the prenatal care in his clinic." Additionally, he was found to have allowed the use of his electronic signature for visit notes and prescriptions and made Medicaid claims for patient visits he did not make.
Work was already on probation from four previous investigations dating back to 2008, only six years after it was issued.
One of those was the result of a 2011 wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 16-week-old baby that died after Work's nurse accidentally gave a woman medical abortion pills.
The parents of the child claim a nurse working for Work told the mother to take three white pills. The mother asked why and the nurse allegedly replied, "To allow the uterus to contract and just go ahead and take them."
After the mother explained she was there for an ultrasound, the nurse told her to regurgitate the pills. Work performed a pelvic examination on the mother and prescribed medication for an infection.
That evening, the parents went to a hospital emergency room and learned their unborn child had died. The parents lost their case on a technicality and are appealing.
Work's first complaint in 2008 that resulted in losing his clinical privileges at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic were from an "unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comment to a nurse" and that he didn't show up to the delivery room in a "timely" manner six times.
All of this comes as Louisiana's attorney general, Jeff Landry, is pushing to get a law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges enacted. Despite lawmakers passing the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, Act 620, with almost unanimous support and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to uphold it, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to stay the law temporarily.
In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a similar law in Texas. In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, they determined, in a 5-3 split, that Texas' law placed an undue burden on women. The majority opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, claimed there was no evidence the law would have helped "even one woman obtain better treatment."
After the Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges was enacted, 20 of the state's 40 clinics closed.
Landry has vowed to fight for the law, tweeting, "We will not waver in defense of our State's pro-woman and pro-life laws; & we will continue to do all that we legally can to protect Louisiana women and the unborn."
Going forward, my office & I will be carefully reviewing the next steps in our defense of LA's admitting privileges law. We will not waver in defense of our State's pro-woman & pro-life laws; & we will continue to do all that we legally can to protect Louisiana women & the unborn pic.twitter.com/6DKMsm6JCK— AG Jeff Landry (@AGJeffLandry) February 8, 2019
Clapper said the LSBME responded to Louisiana Right to Life's letter with an acknowledgment saying they are currently investigating.
Church Militant reached out to the LSBME and Landry but has not heard back by press time.