Abortion Protesters Warn Drivers About Local Clinic in Tamarac

Abortion-protester

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Along University Drive in Tamarac, driver’s may have seen the men holding signs protesting a Tamarac clinic that performs abortions.

One of the protesters who is part of a independent group from St Malachy’s Catholic Church said he is protesting a clinic located at 7777 N. University Drive because not only does the clinic perform abortions, but he was told that the doctor is unlicensed because he once performed a botched abortion.

But is this true?

Looking further, obstetrician Dr Michael J. Benjamin, who operates the clinic, was in the news in 2011. While he does perform abortions at the clinic, there is no evidence of disciplinary action by the Florida Medical Board for a botched abortion.

However, Benjamin did receive disciplinary action along with a temporary suspension on his license from an incident back in 2009. That’s when a 12 year-old girl along with her mother and her mother’s adult boyfriend came to Benjamin for an abortion for the girl. They lived in the Gainesville area and found Benjamin’s name through an abortion hotline.

The girl’s mother told Benjamin 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.

According to a Sun Sentinel article, Benjamin told state investigators he was satisfied there was no child abuse after talking to the girl and her mother for 30 minutes. He is a father of four, a grandfather of four and takes seriously his role in detecting child abuse, he said in a letter to the medical board submitted by his lawyer.

But the state complaint says Benjamin’s notes in the case say he talked to the girl and mother only for only 6 to 8 minutes before the abortion. The state also said he failed to report the mother for possible neglect in supervising the girl.

The girl’s pregnancy was not reported to the authorities until later by her regular pediatrician. Gainesville area detectives later linked the pregnancy to the mother’s boyfriend, who is now serving a 15-year sentence for sexual battery.

In 2011, the medical board voted to temporarily suspend Benjamin’s license, pay a $10,000 fine and have to perform community service.

On June 18, 2014, the board issued a reprimand against his license. Benjamin is currently on probation for two years, which according to state records, he is free to operate his medical practice. He is also required to comply with indirect supervision by a board certified doctor in the field, not necessarily on the same premises.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.

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  • cmusafl

    I have seen this group for years when dropping off my kids at Tamarac Elementary, and respect their rights and freedoms to protest. My only concern is that they often stand on NW 78 st where the kids are walking to school by the hundreds. They don’t have a very friendly look on their face and just my opinion but the one guy seems a bit creepy . Probably being over cautious but I told my kids to try and avoid them when walking to our meet up spot.

    • NJ_citizen

      Did you even read the piece?

      This doctor performed an abortion on a twelve-year-old who was at least six months along, and helped to cover up the abuse leading to her pregnancy.

      And as if I need to remind — six months gestation is on the cusp of viability!

      … just my opinion but the one guy seems a bit creepy …

      Go to the protest, perhaps undercover as a fellow pro-lifer. Talk to them and observe them. Video if you have to. Make sure they are not targeting kids with their message. Assuage your fears!

      But considering the revelations contained within the article, it seems your concerns are misdirected.

  • NJ_citizen

    I commend the author for her rather thorough reportage. This is an issue which reporters would typically ignore or whitewash, in accordance with their presumed progressivism. In contrast, this author dug deep to unearth the dirt on this “obstetrician”.

    But funny, I thought the purpose of that profession was to bring babies into the world, not personally usher them out. As such, perhaps the author would consider just one correction: replacing the descriptive term “obstetrician” with “abortionist”.

    • Thank you for your comments. The medical field the doctor trained in and is licensed is obstetrician. Definition: “obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This also includes family planning.”

      • NJ_citizen

        I do not take issue with the technical accuracy of the term obstetrician as it applies to the facts of this case; or for that matter, which medical specialty is most likely to perform abortions.

        However, I note even here in our brief conversation, the definition you provide (predictably) employs the euphemism family planning. This speaks to the larger point I was attempting to make; you may consider it rhetorical.

  • NJ_citizen

    Frankly, considering the article’s title, I expected a hit piece on the pro-lifers, concerning any imagined threats they posed, or even just their sheer audacity to protest what many consider an essential need and right.

    Instead, only the first sentence addresses the protesters alone. The rest of the article (more than 90%) concerns the obstetrician running the clinic, and that disgraceful act of his back in 2009. Indeed, the reporting only validates the protesters’ concerns!

    As such, for the sake of accuracy (and generating interest) the author should have the courage to replace the title — dare I suggest one even more truthful, and capturing the essence of her article.

    A headline centering on the abortionist.

  • Rob Alfonso

    More important things in the world to worry about than a few religious radicals that want to impose their views on everyone. Everybody should make their own decisons about what happens to their bodys, butt out.

    • redpatriotmom

      I don’t think the protesters are concerned about the woman’s body.. but are concerned about the BABY who is murdered

  • Sperm bank donor

    Hey New Jersey citizen: We like our rights here in SoFla. The unborn have no rights. Consider the depth of bad parenting in Florida, consider abortion a type of pre-euthanasia if you will, putting kids out of the misery of a bad child-hood before it happens. I know, sick to think of it that way, but don’t you think there are too many unwanted kids in this world brought about by un-planned families, one-night stands and dope-dazed sex?

    • redpatriotmom

      I live here in Tamarac “South Florida”. (Quote: “THE UNBORN HAVE NO RIGHTS”)- Says the man who was not aborted! You are right, it is sick to think that way! The same people who are Pro-Abortion are the same darn people who will protect the egg of a Sea Turtle.