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Abortion gets leave pass from ethical and medical standards

By Debbie Garratt - posted Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dr Mark Schulberg, a late term abortionist in Victoria has been struck off the medical register after being found guilty of serious misconduct for prescribing addictive drugs inappropriately.

Whilst this decision is welcome, there are a number of factors surrounding the history of this abortionist that should concern us all, as this is not the first time Schulberg has faced allegations of serious misconduct.  

In 2009 he was found guilty of unprofessional conduct when he failed to get informed consent to undertake an abortion on an intellectually disabled woman who had been raped, impregnated, and brought in for an abortion by her father.   The Board saw fit to provide Schulberg with a ‘reprimand’ for this offence and send him back to perform more abortions.  


In 2011, a non-English speaking 40yr old woman almost died after a late term abortion by Schulberg.   Whilst this case reads like a horror story…  children of the mother call the clinic and call a hospital, they race to a hospital to borrow a wheelchair because their mother can’t walk, and they return to find abortion clinic staff bundling their mother into the back of a car.  She is then taken to the abortion clinic, semi-conscious; her unborn child aborted without any anaesthetic given, and only then was an ambulance called.   This woman spent 3 weeks battling for her life in intensive care.   Both the abortionist and the nursing staff then engaged in blaming the patient, fabricating allegations that the woman must have been a drug addict, allegations both she and her family vehemently denied.

In the midst of the above investigation, the Medical Board was also called to investigate the unexpected death of a 42yr old woman after undergoing an abortion by Schulberg.

Then in 2012 a class action by a group of 50 women was launched against Schulberg, anaesthetist, James Peters, and the Croydon clinic after Peters deliberately infected dozens of women with Hepatitis C during late term abortion procedures.   Schulberg was responsible for the supervision of Peters.   Whilst Peters was charged, convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison, Schulberg remained in practise.

Julia Medew, in The Age introduced her article about Schulberg’s latest misconduct saying, ‘Australian women seeking late term abortions may be left helpless after a prominent abortion specialist was struck off the medical register’

I wonder how much more ‘helpless’ a woman can be if she is intellectually disabled and raped by her father?   Perhaps an unconscious woman whose children are desperately trying to get her help could be truly considered helpless?   How about the more than 50 women, anaesthetised and infected with a serious disease? 

It is outrageous that such a claim be made in the face of the history of this abortionist.   Women everywhere should be outraged that this man was ever let loose after the first serious allegation against him.   Yet what we are seeing is that yet again, ideology trumps true care and concern for women.  We must have abortion at any cost: even the cost of women’s lives.


Whilst no accusations such as those brought against Kermit Gosnell in the USA recently are intended or implied, the parallels to many of the atrocious conditions and practises that appear to be overlooked in that country must be made.   Gosnell was also in the sights of professional boards for his conduct over many years, however ultimately only prosecuted and the horrific nature of his crimes discovered after a drug bust. 

In my recent ABC National radio interview in which Leslie Cannold also contributed, Cannold attempted to use the Gosnell case to advance her abortion cause dismissing Gosnell as a ‘backyard abortionist’ and irrelevant to Australia.   Gosnell was a licensed doctor who had performed legal abortions for many years.   

Cannold further dismissed that case by referring to it as having the ‘yuck’ factor, suggesting this is what makes it distasteful trivialising the fact that late term abortion is, to the majority of the public, more than just a little ‘distasteful’. 

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Debbie Garratt is the Executive Director of Real Choices.

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