A doctor who performs abortions at the Hope Clinic in Granite City could have his medical license suspended or revoked for allegedly performing an abortion on a woman who wasn’t pregnant.
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation has filed a complaint against Dr. Yogendra Shah, and a hearing on the complaint will be held in June before an administrative law judge.
The judge will make a recommendation to the agency’s Medical Disciplinary Board, which is comprised of seven doctors and two lay members. That board will make a recommendation to the director of the Department of Professional Regulation. The director could suspend or revoke Shah’s license or impose some other type of discipline such as a reprimand.
The complaint accuses Shah of performing an abortion on a woman on March 26, 1998, when she was not pregnant. The doctor failed to perform a test to determine whether the woman was pregnant, according to the complaint.
James Taranto of Best of the Web Today wrote in response to this article:
“…We had no idea it was illegal to perform an abortion on a woman who isn’t pregnant, and frankly, this law is insane. If a woman isn’t pregnant, even pro-lifers have no reason to object to her having an abortion.”
I wouldn’t agree with his assessment of pro-lifers not objecting to a women going through the procedure when they aren’t pregnant. A doctor attempting to perform the abortion could still end up killing the woman through infection, hemorrhage, or uterine perforation. On a purely secular level I wonder if he paid for an operation only to find out later that it wasn’t necessary would he not want any redress with the law? The will to do something morally wrong is the same as carrying it out. If I looked at a women lustfully then I have already committed adultery in my heart. If I went up to someone intending to kill them with a gun, but unknown to me there were no bullets – that mistake would not remove my culpability.