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Abortion clinic operator charged

California Briefing / SAN DIEGO

June 22, 2008|Tony Perry

Bertha Pinedo Bugarin, a onetime operator of six abortion clinics in Southern California, was charged Friday with 10 felony counts of practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.

"This defendant preyed on women in the Hispanic community," San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said.

Dumanis said nine women in the Chula Vista area have said Bugarin performed surgery on them.

One delivered a premature baby who lived for only three hours, officials said. Bugarin, 48, faces similar charges in Los Angeles.

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