The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of Dr. Leah Torres, an abortion doctor from Alabama, who was made famous for making inflammatory comments in 2018 about the way she kills the babies she aborts before they can scream, The Blaze reported.
Torres was serving as medical director of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa with a temporary license to practice medicine, which was revoked when she applied for certification.
An Al.com report states, “The Board denied an application for a certificate of qualification on Aug. 19, and on Aug. 27 temporarily suspended her license to practice medicine ‘until a hearing is held on the allegations against her.'” It goes on to say, “The letter of notice from the Board of Medical Examiners says that Torres, in her application, gave false answers to several questions including whether her staff privileges had ever been revoked or suspended at any hospital or health care facility.”
The board’s notice also said that Torres made “public statements related to the practice of medicine, which violate the high standards of honesty, diligence, prudence, and ethical integrity demanded from physicians licensed to practice in Alabama.”
As reported by the Daily Wire in March 2018, Torres engaged in a Twitter discussion with other users about abortion and made chilling comments.
The Twitter conversation is not currently available, but here is a summary of the thread:
Dr. Torres said, Your ignorance is showing.
Look up what docs get paid for delivering babies vs for performing abortions.
I’ll take $3K for the delivery over $100 for the abortion.
Why do anti-choice folks always think it’s for money? https://t.co/ZQB671rTdl
— Leah Torres, MD (@LeahNTorres) March 11, 2018
And one user asked then, So [if] it’s not for the money, is it because you just like infanticide?
Do you hear their heartbeats when you lay down at night?
Do you hear their screams?
— Zarba (@ZarbaNotZorba) March 11, 2018
To which the Torres responded:
You know fetuses can’t scream, right?
I transect the cord 1st so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx.
The clinic where she was performing, the West Alabama Women’s Center, came out to defend the doctor.
A representative for the center said, “West Alabama Women’s Center is following all state guidelines regarding its operation. … We believe the actions taken regarding Dr. Torres’s licensing application are based on misunderstandings concerning documents she filed with the Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission. We know Dr. Torres to be an entirely honorable and professional doctor and look forward to the resolution of the issues relating to her application and license.”
The West Alabama Women’s Center has been one of only three clinics to perform abortions regularly in Alabama over the past two years. The center performed 3,371 abortions in 2018, out of 6,484 performed that year statewide, according to the Alabama Center for Health Statistics.