Botched abortion not common

As the Maryland Board of Physicians rightly continues its investigation into recent events at an Elkton clinic, it is important to note that cases like this are not representative of the state of abortion care in Maryland or throughout the country ("Abortion that injured teen puts Md. law in the spotlight," Sept. 8).

The events in Elkton are just the latest problem for Dr. Steven Brigham who has come under fire from state licensing boards and health departments throughout his career and has had his medical license temporarily suspended, relinquished or revoked in five states. These repeated disciplinary actions make it evident that Dr. Brigham operates outside recognized standards for quality abortion care.

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States, and high-quality abortion care is readily available in Maryland from providers and clinics not associated with Dr. Brigham.

Vicki Saporta, Washington

The writer is president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation.

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