MS ABORTIONIST'S TRIAL BEGINS. A Mississippi abortion practitioner who has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife 10 years ago and raped a patient five years before that saw his trial begin Thursday. Malachy DeHenre, who is 56, has lost his medical licenses in various states because of botched abortions.
Six years ago a jury failed to convict DeHenre in the shooting death of his wife Dr. Nyasha Rose DeHenre. A gunshot to the head while she was in the couple's home resulted in her death.
DeHenre was re-indicted on the charges when new evidence came to light, arrested last December and ordered held without bond.
Local authorities have filed new indictments in the case saying they have more evidence to prove DeHenre's guilt. They also filed a second charge accusing the abortion practitioner of raping a 21-year-old patient in March 1992.
In December, DeHenre attorney David Ratcliff said the former abortion practitioner is not a flight risk but a judge opposed bond because both charges carry life sentences and because he is not a citizen of the United States. He is from Nigeria but has applied for citizenship.
DeHenre's New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed in 2005 and he was required, in December 2005, to pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003.
Circuit Judge Winston Kidd awarded Latosha Travis $500,000 in damages after the abortion center failed to respond to her lawsuit. DeHenre and the abortion business were defendants in the suit.
In March 2005, the Mississippi state medial board suspended his medical license over botched abortions.
The suspension came after he testified that he did not like performing some 35,000 abortions but did so because he needed the work.
During his testimony, Dehenre stated, "I found work in Jackson, and it happened to be an abortion clinic in which an obstetrician was needed. I needed money to pay expenses and education for my children. It was supposed to be temporary, but it turned out to be longer. I was in a position I didn't want to be in, but I needed work."
“I ask your forgiveness,” he said at the time. "I don't want to be an outcast. I want to be among the medical community."
Medical boards in Alabama and New York have also suspended his medical licenses in those states.
In one Alabama case, a woman died 18 hours after having an abortion. The women involved in three other cases had to have hysterectomies to stop massive hemorrhaging from uterine perforations, including Travis.
Travis, who was 20 years old at the time and living in Jackson, paid DeHenre $680 for the abortion, the lawsuit said. She had at least one child already and though she planned to have more children in the future, she was devastated to have the hysterectomy because of the failed abortion.
In the case involving a death, DeHenre admitted he should have met the patient at the hospital or relayed medical information to the doctor who treated her. [4Oct07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com Laurel, MS]
MALACHY DEHENRE, abortionist in AL and MS, lost his license in AL several years ago. He probably would have been relicensed, except that he has been in jail in MS for a year, was tried for rape of a patient last year, and is being re-tried for the murder of his wife starting 28 January 2008 in Laurel, MS.
Dr. Michael Baden will testify in this case.
FORMER ABORTIONIST DEHENRE FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING HIS WIFE.
Former Mississippi and Alabama abortionist Malachy DeHenre has been found guilty by a grand jury of killing his wife. DeHenre, who has lost his medical license in three states over botched abortions, had pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed his wife, Dr. Mysha Rose DeHenre, 10 years ago.
However, a Jones County Circuit Court jury unanimously convicted DeHenre of manslaughter after deliberating for just 45 minutes.
According to the Laurel Leader Call newspaper, Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum asked for a pre-sentence investigation and set a sentencing date of March 13. If given the maximum sentence, DeHenre could face 20 years in prison.
Six years ago a jury failed to convict DeHenre after a mistrial but the abortion practitioner was re-indicted on the charges when new evidence came to light, arrested December 2006 and ordered held without bond. A gunshot to the head while his wife was in the couple's home resulted in her death.
During the testimony, AP reported that Dr. Michael Baden, a forensics pathologist, said he reviewed the autopsy and evidence in the case and confirmed Mysha DeHenre's death was not accidental nor a suicide. “The discharge of that bullet was by another person, not by the deceased,” he said.
DeHenre attorney David Ratcliff said the former abortion practitioner is not a flight risk but a judge opposed bond because both charges carry life sentences and because he is not a citizen of the United States.
Dehenre is from Nigeria but has applied for citizenship. DeHenre's New Woman Medical Center abortion facility in Jackson closed in 2005 and he was required, in December 2005, to pay substantial damages to a woman who was injured in a failed abortion in 2003.
In March 2005, the Mississippi state medical board suspended his medical license over botched abortions. Medical boards in Alabama and New York have also suspended his medical licenses in those states.
In one Alabama case, a woman died 18 hours after having an abortion.
The women involved in three other cases had to have hysterectomies to stop massive hemorrhaging from uterine perforations. [30Jan08, 1Feb08, Laurel, MS LifeNews.com]
MS ABORTIONIST CONVICTED. Nearly 10 years after a 1998 mistrial, a jury has finally found abortionist Malachy DeHenre guilty in the 1997 slaying of his wife.Dr. Malachy DeHenre was charged with killing his wife, Dr. Myasha DeHenre, with a single pistol shot to the head in their home.
The Jones County Circuit Court jury, composed of six men and six women, deliberated 45 minutes before finding him guilty of manslaughter.
Ten years ago DeHenre almost escaped conviction for the charge, when the jury in his 1998 trial voted 11-1 for acquittal, resulting in a mistrial. Had it not been for the one juror convinced of the abortionist's guilt, DeHenre would have escaped trial again under the ae
gis of double jeopardy.
Nationally known forensics pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was called in by the prosecution to testify that Myasha DeHenre's death was no accident, but a homicide. He said the evidence told him that DeHenre fired the pistol from more than 24 inches away from the head of his wife, whom he said must have been lying down on the loveseat, ruling out the possibility that the shot was self-inflicted.
According to Dora Morgan, a dispatcher with the Jones County Sheriff's Office, who took the 911 calls from the DeHenre home, she heard Dr. Malachy DeHenre laughing uncontrollably in the background as she spoke with his daughter, Myasha – named after her mother – who said that her father had "gone mad" and shot her mother.
Dr. Myasha DeHenre died at a Hattiesburg hospital several days after her shooting.
Abortionist Malachy DeHenre had his license to practice medicine in Mississippi, Alabama, and New York suspended after being convicted of "gross malpractice" and "repeated malpractice" on abortion patients beginning in 2003. Three women on whom he performed abortions required complete hysterectomies to control severe hemorrhaging, and another woman Leigh Ann Stephens Alford, died as a result of a perforated uterus after an abortion he committed on her.
DeHenre also faced charges earlier this year of raping a then-21 year old patient in March 1992, however a Jones County jury acquitted him in October.
DeHenre's sentencing in the killing of his wife is scheduled for March 13.
13 MARCH 2008 — Dehenre was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Related on Malachy DeHenre:Mississippi Abortionist says He won't Commit Abortions Again http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/dec/04122003.html
Mississippi Abortionist's Medical License Suspended for Malpractice
Alabama Abortion Clinic Surrenders License After Woman Delivers Dead Full-Term Baby
[31Jan08, P. J. Smith, Laurel, MS, LifeSiteNews.com]
TRIAL OF AL NURSE IN BOTCHED ABORTION, FALSIFICATION CASE POSTPONED. The trial against a nurse who gave the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug to a woman with severely high blood pressure who needed medical attention has been postponed. Janet Onthank King is accused of unlicensed practice of medicine and fabricating the abortion center's records in an attempt to cover up what happened.
Last year, state health officials found significant concerns at the Summit Medical Center abortion center in Birmingham.
The abortion facility was permanently closed in June 2006 after state health officials found numerous violations, including the botched abortion case.
Following the incident, King falsified the medical records and authorities eventually charged her with misdemeanor charges including performing illegal abortions. The abortion center nurse could face six months on each conviction.
The trial in her case, scheduled Monday before Circuit Judge Gloria Bahakel, has been postponed after an appeal filed by Attorney General Troy King's office.
King spokesman Chris Bence told AP that the attorney general has a "technical disagreement" with some of the evidence in the case.
According to a Birmingham News report, defense attorney Richard Jaffe wants to present evidence showing that nurse King was acting under direction of the abortion practitioner — something state law allowed.
Jaffe claims abortionist Deborah Lyn Levich directed King to give the abortion drug to the woman, even though she was in the latter stages of pregnancy.
Eventually, Levich allowed her medical license to lapse after Summit was permanently closed. Attorney General King disagrees and has appealed Judge Bahakel's decision to allow Jaffe to proceed.
The defense lawyer has 21 days to respond and he told AP that the case could take some time to resolve.
"We'll have to wait to see what the Court of Criminal Appeals does before we can go to the next phase, which is trial," he said.
After the inspections at Summit, state health officials said they found "egregious lapses in care, including non-physicians performing abortions, severely underestimating the gestational age of a fetus, failure to appropriately refer or treat a patient with a dangerously elevated blood pressure, and performing an abortion on a late-term pregnancy."
The woman in the botched abortion case later gave birth to a stillborn baby because the drug is only allowed for use in the early parts of pregnancy. [30Jan08, Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Birmingham, AL]
Early on the morning that the Summit abortion center was closed by emergency suspension by the AL Department of Public Health, a sidewalk counselor was speaking with a couple as they prepared to enter the abortion business.
The nurse practitioner drove up and was preparing to enter the abortion business. She motioned to the couple and told them they didn't have to listen to the sidewalk counselor. The counselor turned to the nurse practitioner and said "it's all about the money". The counselor stated that the nurse practitioner very arrogantly walked into the abortion business.
Within about 45 minutes, ADPH officials came to close the business.