A Florida physician mishandled an abortion by performing the procedure on the wrong woman in 2017 at A Women’s Center of Hollywood, an abortion facility in Hollywood, Florida. That doctor, Harvey Craig Roth, will now have to pay a $10,000 fine and take additional courses as a punishment for his crime.
The Sun Sentinel noted that the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday more than tripled a $3,000 fine sought by state health attorneys, who said that amount was “in line with board precedent” for the type of error involved. The board decision isn’t final. Roth can agree to it or pursue a challenge.
“The Board of Medicine, which consists largely of physicians selected by the governor, spent time during a meeting in Miami verbally sparring with Roth over whether he followed rules intended to cut down on mistakes.”
According to the Administrative Complaint filed against Roth, Patient K.M., who was 35 years old at the time, reported to the abortion facility on December 11, 2017, for a medication abortion, which involves taking pills that cause early abortions. Instead, Roth sedated her and gave her a surgical abortion.
Roth told the Board that during the ultrasound examination of Patient K.M., he had a “brief conversation” with her. He thought she was another patient named “Ashley,” but when he referred to K.M. by that name, she did not correct him.
“I told her that I was going to give her some medication. We started on IV. I gave her some sedation,” Roth said.
Roth admitted that he never specified that he would be giving her a surgical abortion and also admitted that he failed to conduct a “time out” prior to the abortion where her identity and type of procedure should have been confirmed.
Roth’s attorneys insisted that he immediately admitted his mistake to K.M. and apologized.
However, Board of Medicine Vice Chairman Hector Vila was not convinced of Roth’s sincerity. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Vila stated:
Harvey Roth works at A Women’s Center about three to five hours per week. He splits his time among a total of seven abortion facilities in Florida, including facilities with connections to disgraced former abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV, whose own medical license was revoked by the Florida Medical Board in December 2018.
“It’s great that Roth is suffering some consequence for his actions, but given his long history of disciplinary and medical malpractices cases, and the fact that he did not appear to understand the seriousness of how he violated his patient, a suspension or even license revocation would have better fit the situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Mark my words, as long as he is allowed to practice, Harvey Roth will offend again. It’s just a matter of time.”