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Abortionist sentenced in death of woman he aborted at 25 weeks

by | Jul 2, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Robert Rho (left) in Queens Criminal Court.
(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

In May when last we reported on abortionist Robert Rho, he had just struck a deal to plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2016 death of Jamie Lee Morales. Rho, who said he had performed 40,000 abortions over his career, aborted her at 25 weeks for which he had charged her $6,000.

Rho’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, Rho’s attorney, called the agreement a “monumental victory” and said he expected a sentence of less than a year.

Lichtman was wrong. On June 26 Justice Gregory Lasak sentenced the 55-year-old Rho to serve fifteen months to four years in state prison.

In closing arguments, Assistant District Attorney Brad Leventhal told the jury “It’s about greed and arrogance,” adding, “Jaime Morales bled to death because this defendant did nothing.”

Rho had faced a possible charge  of second-degree manslaughter, punishable by 5 years and 15 years in prison before a last minute plea bargain with Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown

At the time, Brown said, “Sadly, a 30-year-old woman lost her life as a result of the surgery.” He went on to say, “The doctor has now accepted responsibility and admitted he failed to realize the damage he’d done and did not provide appropriate and timely medical care following the surgery.”

Morales went to Rho’s Liberty Women’s Health of Queens with her sister on July 9, 2016. “During the surgery, Rho caused a laceration in her cervix, a perforation of the uterine wall and a disruption and transection of the uterine artery, officials said.”

Rho then “failed to provide the woman with appropriate and timely medical attention” when she bled profusely, Newsday reported. “Rho performed a second surgery to stop the bleeding, prosecutors said, but didn’t realize Morales needed emergency medical care.”

After collapsing in a vehicle during the drive to her sister’s home, Morales was transported to a hospital where she was treated for vaginal bleeding, Zachary R. Dowdy reported. “She was pronounced dead the same night, officials said.”

After Ms. Morales’s death, Rho closed his abortion clinic and surrendered his medical license.

Buried near the end of the Associated Press story is this insight into Rho’s history.

Even before Morales’ abortion, the doctor had been investigated by state officials over concerns that he was performing procedures improperly

Categories: Abortionist Crime