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Car trunk abortionist’s license suspended

Sept. 13, 2017, Lansing, Mich. -- Long-time Michigan abortionist Michael Roth had his medical license suspended today. The disciplinary action stems from a case involving Roth’s suspected practice of illegal at-home abortions.

In September 2015 Roth was involved in an accident in West Bloomfield, Mich., when his car struck a 31-year-old man with special needs. Police found medical equipment, controlled substances, and tissue from aborted babies in the trunk of his car. Police found additional evidence during a later search of his home.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “A car-trunk abortionist sounds bizarre to most people, but shoddy and dangerous practices in the abortion industry are to be expected. Nobody should be surprised by this following the infamous Kermit Gosnell case.”

The Michigan Board of Medicine suspended Roth’s license for a year and fined him $25,000 for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Roth is suspected of using drugs and equipment stolen from an abortion clinic he used to work at to provide illegal at-home abortions. Enough evidence was collected for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to charge Roth with ten criminal counts involving identity theft, larceny and illegal possession of drugs. Roth’s criminal hearing is scheduled for November 27, 2017.

Listing said, “We’re hoping for successful convictions and that Roth will never be allowed to practice medicine again in this state.”

Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999.

Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, including several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.

In 2012 Roth received six months of probation and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine for Public Health Code violations involving botched abortions.

Roth’s most recent abortion business, the bizarrely-named Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was closed in 2014.

Listing said, “He should never have been allowed to operate this long. For years state regulators weren’t taking these violations seriously.”

The Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012 significantly strengthened oversight of the abortion industry in Michigan. Since passage of the law 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.

Listing said, “We must continue to hold the abortion industry accountable. Abortion is always dangerous for the child, and is often dangerous for the woman as well.”

For more information: Right to Life of Michigan Public Affairs Associate Genevieve Marnon, 517-487-3376, info@rtl.org.

Background information:
Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure report
Criminal charges and case background

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