MELBOURNE, Australia, June 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- At least 44 women have now been infected by Hepatitis C after attending Croydon Day Surgery, Victoria's only late-term abortion clinic, in north-eastern Melbourne.
Half of these cases can be definitively traced to the same strain infecting Dr. James Latham Peters, an anesthetist at the clinic. Dr. Peters is under investigation by the Victoria Police and the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria; some say he may have deliberately infected the women.
"The more cases that we find, it becomes more and more difficult to explain this by accidental means," said Dr. John Carnie, Victoria's chief health officer.
In April LifeSiteNews.com reported that 12 women were infected with Hepatitis C following treatment by Dr. Peters between June 2008 and December 2009. The state Department of Health had noticed a cluster of three Hepatitis C-infected women who had attended the clinic and found the others after further investigation.
Aside from being a ghastly finding, they very well may discover additional sordid goings-on. Hepatitis C is not usually transmitted through casual contact, but some form of blood or body fliud exposure is usually necessary. Now, deliberate exposure is a criminal thing and motive may be hard to understand. But systematic non-deliberate exposure through tainted IV meds may be worth checking; the kind of meds that might be surreptitiously "shared" by the doctor. I pray this is not the case, but the large number of infected women mandates this type of inquiry.