Alabama Temporarily Suspends License of Abortionist Who Bragged About Cutting Babies’ Vocal Cords

West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, July 2020. | Google Maps/Robin Marty

An abortionist who once bragged about cutting babies’ vocal cords during abortions had her medical license temporarily suspended by the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners for lying on her application. 

Leah Torres became the medical at the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa following the retirement of abortionist Louis Payne, 82, amid an investigation into the May 7 death of one of his patients, according to the pro-life group Operation Rescue.

Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners said in an order and letter dated Aug. 20 that Torres “committed fraud” for not reporting that a medical malpractice action had been filed against her, failing to notify the board that her hospital admitting privileges had been revoked, and not admitting that she suffered from “a mental, emotional, nervous, or behavioral disorder or condition.”

The board also said Torres submitted “false, misleading, or untruthful information” to the board and “committed unprofessional conduct” by making public statements about the “practice of medicine which violate the high standards of honesty, diligence, prudence, and ethical integrity.”

Torres gained notoriety in 2018 after she posted a comment on Twitter that many found offensive and shocking. At the time, she was an abortionist working at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the now-deleted tweet, Torres responded to an inquiry from a pro-life Twitter user who asked: “Do you hear their heartbeats when you lay down at night? Do you hear their screams?”

“No,” Torres replied. “You know fetuses can’t scream, right? I transect the cord 1st so there’s really no opportunity, if they’re even far enough along to have a larynx.”

Later that year, Torres came under fire for another tweet, where she asserted that “God performs way more abortions than I do.”