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NJ Doctor Accused In Abortion Case Faces Hearing

Doctor (file/credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Doctor (file/credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s disciplinary panel for doctors will decide whether a doctor accused of ferrying patients to Maryland for late-term abortions should lose his medical license.

The Board of Medical Examiners were to consider on Wednesday whether Dr. Steven Brigham skirted New Jersey law by transporting patients from Voorhees, N.J., to Elkton, Md., to take advantage of disparities in state abortion laws.

In New Jersey, doctors are prohibited from performing abortions outside a hospital or other licensed facility after the 14th week of pregnancy. Maryland does not have the same restrictions.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is seeking to have Brigham’s license suspended or revoked. He’s been ordered to stop practicing in Maryland, where he is not licensed.

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