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BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Detroit-area abortionist is trying to convince a judge he did nothing wrong when he was found to have drugs and the remains of aborted babies in his car.
On Thursday, October 27, Judge Marc Barron of the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills heard arguments in a preliminary case regarding Michael Roth, an abortionist who operated in several abortion mills in the Detroit area.
In September 2015, Roth's car was impounded after a traffic accident in which he critically injured a special-needs child. Police discovered aborted baby parts in his trunk, along with the narcotic drug Fentanyl and the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), both of which are commonly used in abortion procedures. More Fentanyl was found in his home in a subsequent search.
In June, the Michigan attorney general charged Roth with one count of illegally possessing Fentanyl, a schedule 2 narcotic, and six counts of identity theft with the intention of stealing Cipro, an antibiotic. Altogether the charges could yield as many as 50 years in prison and almost $200,000 in fines.
The drugs were obtained at the Eastland Women's Clinic while Roth performed abortions there for several months between 2014 and 2015. Roth obtained the drugs and other medical equipment from a nurse there who called him "Big Daddy." She admitted on August 2 to stealing Cipro, plastic cannulas and other medical devices from the clinic, but she has not admitted to stealing the narcotics. On August 2, employees testified that many time they found drugs missing but did not file a police report.
Roth's lawyer, John Lemanski, claimed at the trial that Roth transported drugs in his car because pro-lifers would always show up at his offices, one place after another, causing him to constantly lose his lease. Furthermore, he explains the remains of dead babies — calling them "the alleged products of conception" — were in Roth's car because he was in the act of transporting them to a facility "for destruction."
He argued that while Roth possessed Cipro and distributed it to other people, there's no evidence he obtained it fraudulently or that he was illegally dispensing it. He acknowledged that while the nurse at Ojeda's clinic admitted to stealing Cipro, there's no indication the drugs possessed by Roth are the ones stolen. He concluded that state prosecutors are treating Roth as if he were a drug dealer and ignoring that part of his job as a doctor is to dispense drugs.
Pro-life warrior Lynn Mills was present at the trial on Thursday and has been actively pursuing Roth, being instrumental in having his admitting privileges revoked from St. John Providence Health System, a Catholic hospital.
The prosecutor also submitted circumstantial evidence showing Roth had been performing abortions outside of a clinical setting, a violation of state law. Mills noted that the state of Michigan has cited Roth for performing "in-home abortions" in the past, but he has not suffered any serious consequences for it.
Mills explained to ChurchMilitant.com that Roth invited police to search his car after it was impounded. He told them he needed a garage door opener remote control stored in a bag in his trunk and authorized police to look for it. They found one, and Roth came to pick it up. However, he called again, maintaining that it was the wrong one and asked police to again search his car. At this point police found the drugs and baby remains.
She commented immediately after leaving the trial, "The Trunk Abortionist defense filed a motion asking that the seizure of his car be tossed out. I cannot begin to tell you in my opinion how devastating this would be to the case."
Judge Barron is expected to make his ruling on November 7. Afterward, on November 23, Roth will be in front of a judge in Macomb county for similar charges.