An abortionist who last month pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide after botching a late-term abortion has been sentenced to serve 15 months to four years in prison. Dr. Robert Rho was convicted of performing a procedure which led to the death of 30-year-old Jaime Morales and her unborn child.
Over Rho’s 23-year career as an abortion doctor, he performed approximately 40,000 abortions, according to his attorney, Jeff Lichtman. But Rho was accused of regularly cutting corners in order to save time and money — shortcuts that would prove fatal forMorales.
Instead of removing Morales’ 26-week-old baby over the course of three days, Rho went against industry-standard guidelines and performed the procedure in just one day. Due to this criminally irresponsible shortcut, he managed to inflict serious internal injuries on Morales, including a perforated uterus, lacerated cervix and torn uterine artery. Despite Morales consequently suffering extensive internal bleeding, Rho sealed her cervix closed in order to hide the devastating injuries.
Despite his patient being in a grave physical condition and drifting in and out of consciousness, the abortionist chose not to call an ambulance, instead opting to send her home. Morales died just hours later.
“We are very glad that Rho is going to prison. We pray he serves the full four years, but even that is a short amount of time to pay for taking Jaime Morales’ life. We wish it could have been more, especially since he remained unremorseful and arrogant throughout the trial,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
Thankfully, Rho was forced to shut down operations at his Liberty Women’s Health Care abortion center. Had he been declared innocent at his trial, he was planning to open a second facility.
“We understand that Rho was hoping to open another abortion facility if he had won his court case, but now with the felony conviction and incarceration on his record, we believe it will be very difficult, if not impossible for him to do so. That means he will never again be able to hurt another woman or baby,” said Newman. “We pray that Rho’s term of incarceration will be a time of reflection that will lead him to repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.”
“Unfortunately, Rho is just the symbol of a broader abortion movement that cares more about making a profit than providing for the well-being of women,” wrote President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, at the Daily Signal. “His Liberty Women’s Health of Queens office is closed, but hundreds of other abortion offices are still open and operating without the barest of concerns for mothers’ health.”
Far from 15 months, Rho should have faced 15 years in prison on a charge of manslaughter. But in a shocking twist, just as the jury was about to reveal its verdict, Rho’s attorney reached a plea deal with prosecutors that let him plead to a much less severe charge — a victory his lawyers call “monumental.”
(H/T: Operation Rescue)