A Houston abortion doctor, who performed large numbers of abortions in his private office, has been cited by the state Medical Board for not registering as an abortion clinic in the state.
According to a press release from Texas Alliance for Life (TAL), in April 2014, TAL staff attorney Erin Groff filed a complaint with the Texas Medical Board (TMB) against abortionist Bernard L. Rosenfeld, who was performing abortions illegally out of his private medical office in Houston.
The complaint alleged that Rosenfeld was performing about two abortions every other day in his office, well above the 50 per year threshold requiring abortion facility licensure according to state law. The TMB opened an investigation, and in October Ms. Groff provided testimony.
Texas Alliance for Life discovered that Dr. Rosenfeld had an extensive website advertising his office-based abortion business in addition to the large Houston Women’s Clinic where he also performs abortions. Immediately after Texas Alliance for Life filed the complaint, the references to abortion on Dr. Rosenfeld’s office website disappeared.
As a result of their complaint, the state medical board, the state agency charged with licensing and disciplining physicians, found that Rosenfeld violated the Texas abortion facility licensing law. While the TMB could have denied, suspended, or revoked his license, they chose to merely issue a remedial plan that has two requirements: eight additional hours of continuing medical education and a payment of $500 per year for administering the plan.
Mark Crutcher president of Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization in Denton, Texas said the Texas Medical Board’s action amounted to a slap on the wrist.
“Nobody else gets this sort of sweetheart deal,” said Crutcher, “It’s only available to the abortion industry,” he said.
The Board document says that Rosenfeld complied with their plan and they claim that he has stopped doing private in-office abortions procedures and has removed advertising from the website.