An abortionist, once cited for sexual abuse, may have his medical license suspended or revoked after taking part in an illegal scam to keep an abortion clinic operating.
Officials in New Jersey say abortion doctor Vikram Kaji used a scam to keep an abortion clinic owned by Steven Chase Brigham operating in the state after his medical license had been revoked.
A report by the NJ.com reads in part:
- An abortion doctor who lost his license over late-term abortions is operating a string of clinics despite assuring the state that he had signed away the practice to his medical director, according to a complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office.
The allegations are contained in a June 16 complaint accusing Vikram H. Kaji, a 79-year-old obstetrician and gynecologist of fraud for claiming he had assumed ownership of American Women’s Services’ clinics after the Board of Medical Examiners yanked Steven Brigham’s license in October for gross negligence. Brigham has appealed the decision.
Abortionist Steven Brigham, who owned and operated abortion clinics in several states, lost his medical license in New Jersey after it was discovered that he started late-term abortions for women in his South Jersey office and ordered them to drive to his Maryland clinic to finish the procedure.
He used the two-state practice to evade New Jersey law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions after the 14th week outside a hospital or other licensed medical facility.
As a result, Brigham was ordered to reimburse the state’s Attorney General $420,000 for legal fees and was ordered by the state’s Board of Medical Examiners to pay an additional $140,000 fine.
State law prohibits doctors whose licenses have been revoked from operating clinics in the state.
To skirt the law, Brigham claimed that he sold his interests to his medical director Vikram Kaji, whose medical license was suspended in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s for sexually abusing patients and wrongly prescribing controlled substances.
Life Dynamics president, Mark Crutcher’s book, Lime 5, details Kaji’s sexual abuse:
- In 1995, New Jersey abortionist Roe 74 [Vikram Kaji] was suspended for practicing medicine for three years for having sex with a patient and prescribing unnecessary drugs for her.
The patient said Kaji made numerous sexual advances toward her and fondled her during office visits.
After inviting her to his office sometime in 1985, he had sexual intercourse with her on a bed in the birthing room while the staff was nearby and the door was unlocked.
He was aware that the woman suffered severe depression, had been sexually abused as a child, and had a history of psychiatric hospitalization.
Kaji denied that the allegations were true, but said he admitted to them only because he was tried of legal battles.
However, in another report he defended his having had sex with the woman on the basis that (a) there was no emotional involvement, (b) he did not charge for the visit, and (c) his sexual advances were not premeditated.
Subsequently, two other women also brought claims of improper sexual behavior against him.
“I sometimes get too friendly, but nothing is meant by it in my mind, for sure,” Kaji said at the time. “The problem is I don’t realize how the other person is taking it.”
Of course at the time this all happened and the state suspended his medical license, Kaji vowed that he was done practicing medicine – yet- he has managed to remain in the abortion industry as an active physician.
In April, Operation Rescue submitted a letter of complaint to Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig urging her office to disallow the alleged transfer of Steven Chase Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses to Vikram Kaji.
But, according to NJ.com, when an investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs performed an unannounced inspection at a clinic in Hamilton April 22, Kaji denied he was the owner.
- During a closed-door hearing of a committee of the board on May 5, Kaji “
repeatedly testified under oath that he was not the owner
- ,” according to the complaint filed June 16 by Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant.
“He expressly testified that ‘there is no other person around, (Brigham’s) the only one who runs the show,” according to the complaint obtained by NJ Advance Media.
Kaji’s “ownership of American Healthcare Services is a sham transfer and thus constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense,” according to the complaint, which asked the board to suspend or revoke his medical license.
He “aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of medicine,” according to the complaint.
In addition to New Jersey, Brigham has lost or surrendered his license in California, New York, Pennsylvania Florida.
Despite that, Brigham’s abortion clinic chain, American Women’s Services shows they perform abortions in several New Jersey cities including, Elizabeth, Englewood, Paramus, Hamilton, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Voorhees, and Woodbridge. In addition, they also have clinics in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who is also a co-host of Life Talk TV is calling for all of Brigham’s abortion clinics to be closed down.
“Because Brigham continues to illegally operate his chain of abortion clinics in New Jersey, they should all be immediately shut down and Brigham should be criminally charged,” Newman said.
“Brigham has made a career of deceiving the public and authorities in several states about his shoddy abortion businesses. It’s time for New Jersey authorities to see through this flim-flam man and end his notorious criminal enterprise with a long period of incarceration,” he said.
Officials have not stated whether there has been a case opened against Brigham as well.