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Abortionists More Prone to Crime, Pro-Lifers Charge

Monday, 21 January 2002 12:00 AM

Mark Crutcher, founder and president of Life Dynamics, says he hopes that by sharing his information, he can "better educate the public on the evils surrounding abortion." Today marks the 29th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

Through television appearances, books, speaking engagements and articles, Crutcher uses his files as a public education tool. He also runs an Internet site, ClinicWorker.com, that encourages abortion workers to report possible crimes before being implicated themselves.

Crutcher focuses not only on the act of abortion, "but also the kind of people involved, and the things that happen to women who enter these clinics."

One high-profile case involves Arizona abortionist Brian Finkle, who is scheduled to go on trial in August for allegedly sexually assaulting nine of his patients. After Finkle was arrested last October, roughly 80 women came forward to accuse the doctor of sexual misconduct.

The case involving Oklahoma abortionist John Hamilton has also attracted a lot of publicity. Hamilton was sentenced Jan. 9 to life in prison without parole for the Valentine's Day 2001 murder of his wife, Susan, who was beaten and strangled.

"When you're a medical person, you know what you're doing when you take a human life" through abortion, Crutcher said. "And if you can do that, there's not much else you won't do."

However, a representative from National Abortion Federation insisted, "The history of violence clearly lies on the side of those against choice."

NAF keeps track of the violence targeting abortionists and abortion clinics. According to the group's Web site, seven "abortion providers" have been murdered in America since 1993. The most recent of these is New York's Dr. Barnett Slepian, who was shot and killed in his home in 1998. NAF also lists 17 cases of attempted murder since 1991 and 41 bombings since 1977, all targeting "abortion providers."

The NAF representative refused to identify herself, and requests for more reaction to Crutcher's findings were ignored. Telephone calls seeking comment from National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League also were not returned.

British Columbia psychiatrist Philip Ney said he has worked with former abortionists who admitted that something inside of them changed for the worse after performing abortions. "There's an instinctual restraint in humans that keeps them from harming a helpless child. If that restraint is damaged, it becomes easier to hurt other people," Ney said.

A common crime committed by abortionists, Crutcher said, is the sexual assault of patients. He dedicated a chapter in his pro-life book "Lime 5" to the issue, documenting dozens of cases in which abortionists sexually violated women.

But tracking all instances of sexual assault by abortionists is impossible, Crutcher said, because there are many "clandestine" doctors who perform abortions as part of their regular ob-gyn practice without the public's knowledge. Also, many rapes go unreported, especially if the woman has something to hide such as an abortion, he said.

According to Crutcher, teen-age patients are easy prey for abortionists who know their victims are unlikely to speak out about the crime.

"If your morals and human instincts are so corrupted that you can kill an unborn human baby, sex with a 15-year-old girl isn't a big deal," he said.

Another group, Operation Rescue of Boston, also maintains a record of abortionists involved in crime. One abortionist on their list, Daniel Holschauer, was found to have been involved in sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking, extortion and drug abuse in a study by the New York State Department of Health.

California Right to Life also issued an "Abortion Crime Report" that listed crimes such as murder, kidnapping, rape, stalking, death threats and more, committed by abortionists. One former abortionist on its list, Ivan Namihas, was charged with four counts of rape, 45 incidents of sexual abuse, gross negligence and mail fraud.

A spokesman for American Medical Association said the organization knew of no studies comparing the number of crimes committed by abortionists with the number of crimes committed by doctors in other fields.

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