ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Medical Board on Thursday
exonerated an Albuquerque doctor of gross negligence for her handling of
a late-term abortion in a case that raised questions about whether
politics trumped patient privacy.
Anti-abortion activists filed the complaint against Dr. Shelly
Sella after hearing a 911 call from the Southwestern Women’s Options
Clinic about a woman who suffered a ruptured uterus during a May 2011
abortion there and was rushed to a hospital. Sella is a former colleague
of slain Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller and one of the few
doctors in the country who still openly performs third-term abortions.
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