September/October, 1998 Volume XIII Number 2

Abortion mill beyond offensive

Published on Wednesday, July 15, 1998
c1998 The Arizona Republic

The Valley woke in a cold sweat from the nightmare at the A-Z Women's Center. Unfortunately, the horror didn't disappear in the gray dawn.
A woman may have died because an abortion clinic didn't want to have an ambulance seen out front.
A 6-pound, 2-ounce baby girl was born with a fractured skull and deep lacerations because an abortion doctor, who misdiagnosed her fetal age by 13 weeks, tried to abort her.
Mistake? Malpractice? Criminal?
Investigations are under way.
It's little comfort.
An investigation of Dr. John Biskind was under way when he attempted an abortion on a 17-year-old girl, only to discover her fetus was a full-term baby. The baby survived, which is more than you can say for some of Biskind's patients.
The chilling allegations of former A-Z Women's Center employees paint a grim picture of the last hours of another woman whose desperation led to Biskind's door.
They told Republic reporters that the doctor knew the woman was beyond the 24-week limit for an abortion. He tailored exams to hide the fetal age, says one.
After the surgery, the woman was left to ''recover'' without adequate medical supervision. No nurse. No doctor. Several medical assistants - some new and untrained - watched her bleed for hours.
When they finally called 911, the clinic assistant asked that the ambulance keep the sirens off and drive around the back. By then it was too late. The woman died of a punctured uterus.
(And you thought back-alley abortions were a thing of the past.)
Biskind should not have been practicing medicine. He was censured several years ago by the state Board of Medical Examiners for ''gross neglect/conduct harmful to patients or the public.''
But the wet-noodle reprimand did not keep him from playing doctor. Nor did complaints about the clinic's owner net results. That's a bloody shame.
Biskind's license should have been revoked long ago. He should have been drummed out of the profession eight years ago, when the state board admonished him for trying to abort another full-term baby.
He should have been booted in 1995 when the board censured him for gross negligence after another woman patient bled to death from a lacerated uterus.
If he had been held to a standard then, the gory details of the A-Z Women's Center wouldn't be turning our stomachs now.

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