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An Alabama abortion doctor infamous for sarcastically describing herself as a “uterus ripper outer” and describing how she’d kill babies before they had the “opportunity” to scream has had her medical license temporarily suspended for allegedly making fraudulent statements on her application.

Dr. Leah N. Torres had been using a temporary license to serve as the medical director of the West Alabama Women’s Center. But when she submitted an application to have the license made permanent, her past came back to haunt her.

First, the Board of Medical Examiners denied her application on Aug. 19th. Then eight days later the board suspended her temporary license.

“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Torres, in her application, gave false answers to several questions including whether her staff privileges had ever been revoked or suspended at any hospital or health care facility,” The Birmingham News reported Thursday.

“It also says that Torres has 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.'”

These public statements were made on Twitter in 2018 after pro-life activists accused her of performing abortions for the money. In response, she initially posted this:

Replying to her tweet, one pro-life critic asked, “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?”

Responding to this question, Torres claimed that she can’t hear the babies scream because she performs the abortion before they have the “opportunity” to make a sound.

“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,” she wrote.

“I won’t apologize for performing medicine. I’m also a ‘uterus ripper outer,’ if that’s how you’d like to describe hysterectomy.”

By cord, she meant the baby’s umbilical cord.

Look at a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet:

This tweet went uber viral and triggered damaging consequences that were outlined in a lawsuit filed last year by Torres against several conservative outlets.

She said in the lawsuit “that stories written by three conservative outlets in March 2018 painted her as a doctor who conducted unlawful abortions, leading to scourging harassment online and job loss. She says her personal information and the address and phone number of her clinic were released online,” as reported by the Associated Press.

“Torres said she was fired by her employer for violating a provision in her contract requiring her to uphold her ‘professional reputation.’ She is not suing the company and didn’t name it in the lawsuit. She said she had to move away from Utah after not finding another job for nine months.”

She eventually relocated to Alabama, where it seems she found a home at the West Alabama Women’s Center. In a statement to the Birmingham News, spokesperson Robin Marty was quite defensive of her.

“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,” Marty said.

“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.”

Torres’ case is reportedly scheduled for a hearing before the Medical Licensure Commission in Montgomery set to occur on Dec. 21.

In the meantime, pro-life groups have filed complaints with the Board of Medical Examiners about Torres and her work, of which she still remains very defensive:

“The abortion industry feels they are not accountable to anyone and you can see it in the way they operate. They are used to getting away with things like injuring women or hiring doctors who lie on their medical applications,” Rev. Terry Gensemer of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life reportedly said to the Birmingham News.

“However, in Alabama, citizens are making certain the state holds these places accountable. Abortion is not welcome here, and we are exposing these clinics: prayerfully, peacefully and legally.”

The Women’s Center reportedly came under scrutiny earlier this year when a woman who left the center after an abortion died at a nearby hospital. However, an initial investigation reportedly uncovered nothing to substantiate criminal charges.

Word of Torres’ suspension drew cheers from some in the pro-life community:

As for Torres, the contents of her Twitter feed suggest she’s a proud liberal Democrat and feminist who hates the unsolicited patriarchy (*Language warning):

Vivek Saxena


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