Dr. Matthew Kachinas, an abortion doctor in Sarasota, FL has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus.
After the board’s unanimous vote to revoke his license, Dr. Kachinas appeared stunned and confused. “What does that mean, revocation? I don’t understand.”
Department of Health officials told him he could appeal to the courts and suggested he consult a lawyer. But a despondent Kachinas told a reporter after the hearing that he intended to kill himself. Police took him to a hospital for evaluation.
Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect. Although never having done the procedure before, he did not want to disappoint the patient by telling her ‘no’.
Dr. Kachinas represented himself before the board and in a previous hearing, Health News Florida reported, he spent most of his time arguing two less serious allegations, admitting in the twin case he “screwed up.”
(as reported by miamiherald.com)