(Confrontation starts about a minute into the video)
A longtime San Diego physician says he will surrender his medical license and stop seeing patients after the Medical Board of California accused him of gross negligence in patient care, and unprofessional conduct during an altercation outside a local abortion clinic.
The Medical Board detailed those allegations in a 25-page accusation filed July 17 against Dr. Robert Santella. In the accusation, the Medical Board also claims Santella over-prescribed narcotics to six patients and botched an abortion on another patient. The Board cites Santella’s “aggressive” and “outrageous” behavior outside the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic on Miramar Road in June 2016 as a cause for revoking his license.
That confrontation was videotaped by two abortion protesters, including Zephaniah Mel, who went face-to-face with Santella outside the clinic entrance. The video shows Santella approaching Mel with a pair of surgical scissors in his right hand.
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As described in the accusation, Mel urged Santella to “stop murdering babies.” In response, Santella “aggressively pressed his face to within inches of (Mel’s) face and angrily replied ‘Why?'” According to the accusation, “When asked if he did that to babies, (Santella) replied in a guttural tone, ‘Yeah, I love it!'”
In an interview with NBC 7 Investigates, Mel said he felt threatened when Santella approached him with the scissors.
“It was very close to the top of my chest, if not my neck,” he said. “It was a very intense confrontation.”
His attorney said Santella’s license surrender should be finalized by late December, at which time Santella will end a 44-year medical career as an OB-GYN physician.
Full story at NBC San Diego.
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