By Jay Rogers
Published July 9, 2011
Michael Benjamin, MD
7777 N. University Drive
Miami, FL 33321
15713 SW 80th Lane
Miami, FL 33193
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Benjamin holds staff privileges at the following hospitals:
Northwest Medical Center, Margate; Coral Springs Medical Center, Coral Springs
Benjamin is one of two abortionists in Florida, along with Robert Livingston, who has named his killing center after himself. He advertizes that he murders children in a private gynecological setting.
Florida health regulators voted on Saturday to indefinitely suspend the medical license of a Tamarac obstetrician who did not report as possible child abuse a 12-year-old girl who was six months pregnant. But he will challenge the ruling.
The Florida Department of Health filed a professional disciplinary case against Benjamin, saying the law requires doctors to automatically report suspicious cases of sex involving children under 16. No criminal charges were filed against him.
Dr. Michael Benjamin told state officials he believed the girl’s story that she got pregnant from consensual sex with a classmate who lived nearby. He said he didn’t think he needed to report it.
The unidentified girl came to Benjamin for an abortion in November 2009 with her mother and the adult boyfriend, according to the state complaint against him. They lived in the Gainesville area and found Benjamin’s name through an abortion hotline.
The girl’s mother insisted she did not know of her daughter’s condition until the girl was 24 weeks pregnant and had not taken her for prenatal care, state records show.
Benjamin told state investigators he was satisfied that there was no child abuse after talking to the girl and her mother for 30 minutes. But the state complaint notes that Benjamin’s notes in the case state he only talked to the girl and her mother for six to eight minutes before the abortion.
The girl’s pregnancy was not reported until months later by her pediatrician. Gainesville area detectives later linked the pregnancy to the mother’s boyfriend. Authorities later convicted the boyfriend of the girl’s mother in the pre-teen’s pregnancy and he is now servicing a 15-year sentence for sexual battery.
Statutory rape is the crime of having sexual relations with a person younger than the age of consent specified by statue, or who is mentally incapable of consent as defined by law. Often, the offender must be several years older than the victim, rather than the same age or younger. The perpetrator’s claim of ignorance of the victim’s age is generally not regarded as sufficient reason to spare him from prosecution. Laws vary by state. In Florida, the age of consent is usually 18, but can be one or two years younger if the partners are close to each other in age.
Benjamin and state officials had proposed that the case could be settled if he paid an $8,000 fine, accepted a reprimand and take remedial courses, according to the docket in his case. However, the Florida Board of Medicine, which oversees doctors, rejected the deal. The Board voted to suspend Benjamin’s license until he undergoes an assessment and come back before the board for another review.
Benjamin will also be fined $10,000 and will have to perform community service as well as take courses.
Michael Spicer, attorney for Benjamin said the doctor will contest the ruling by taking the case to a state administrative judge, allowing him to keep practicing while the case is pending.
In 2000, Michael Benjamin was named as a plaintiff along with A Choice for Women, Edward R. Watson, M.D., and Presidential Women’s Center, supporting a legal challenge to the state of Florida’s law banning partial birth abortion– a procedure in which a viable baby is killed by delivering the body feet first and puncturing the skull while the head of the child is still in the birth canal. The lawsuit is a good case example of the hysterical screeds offered by abortionists who claim that any limit on abortion, including even what most would agree are clear cases of infanticide late in pregnancy, would somehow put women’s lives in danger in the so-called “hard cases.”
CRLP Press, May 30, 2000
The Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP), which represents abortion providers in Florida, will present arguments before U.S. District Judge Joan A. Lenard on why Florida’s “partial-birth abortion” ban, signed into law last Thursday by Governor Bush, is detrimental to women’s health and should therefore be blocked from enforcement. CRLP filed for an emergency order to block the ban from taking effect on Friday. It was denied by sitting federal judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages, who ordered both parties-CRLP and the state-to attend the Wednesday hearing to determine whether the ban would continue to be enforced.
CRLP asserts that the language in the law is so broad that it would prohibit abortion early in pregnancy – beginning as early as 11 weeks of pregnancy — and subject doctors to criminal prosecution for providing the safest medical care. Additionally, the ban fails to contain adequate exceptions to protect women’s life and health. U.S. District Judge Donald L. Graham struck down a similar Florida law in 1998, criticizing its inadequate protection for the health and life of the woman. The penalties against physicians are harsher in the current law in comparison to the 1998 version, having been increased from third to second degree felony charges, subject to $10,000 fines and up to fifteen years in prison.
Currently the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of Nebraska’s “partial-birth abortion” ban. CRLP represents Dr. Carhart, the physician who challenged the Nebraska law. At stake is the ability of states to restrict abortion before fetal viability without regard for women’s health and safety. The Supreme Court decision, which is expected by early July, will determine whether Florida’s ban is constitutional.
Benjamin touts his professionalism in profiting from child killing while at the same time revealing his low opinion of the clientele. In a testimony from 1989, he claims that women who kill their children are “out of control.”
House Health care Committee, Full Committee Meeting September 14 and 15, 1989, Florida House of Representatives.
I think it is basically a personality type who generally has her life out of control and unfortunately nowadays there are no shortage of people in general whose lives are out of control. They drift, they tend to live for the moment in terms not only of their sexual practices but in terms of their economic lives and they are people in general who don’t think beyond the moment, who don’t plan for tomorrow, and who really will take life as it comes and deal with the rest later. It is a personality type is what I am saying rather than any race or socioeconomic group or things of that sort…. There is certainly a very high incidence amongst teenagers and I believe the reason for that is that teenagers generally don’t think of consequences of their actions or ignorant as to contraceptive practices or deny the possibility of pregnancy…
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