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Metro Detroit abortion doctor agrees to suspension, fines and may be retired

Posted: 6:09 PM, Dec 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-11 23:09:58Z

Two years ago, Dr. Michael Roth was the talk of Metro Detroit.  He was carrying in his car several controlled substances and 15 jars of human tissue, what the state called, “products of conception.” 

It is suspected he was performing abortions out of the trunk of his car.

Now only on 7, his office is shut down and he agreed to have his Michigan medical license suspended for a year and pay a $25,000 fine. 

In 2003 state records show he performed an abortion at the home of a patient. Add that to the latest case and the state cited him for negligence, incompetence, lack of good moral character, possession of controlled substances and betrayal of professional confidence.

Right to Life of Michigan has been following Dr. Roth for years.  He was facing criminal charges but reached a plea deal. 

Genevieve Marnon of that organization told 7 Investigator Jim Kiertzner, “3 felony convictions, 18 months probation and a $798 fine. I think stacked up against any other felony convictions, that pretty paltry.“ 

She also said, “I understand this is politically charged, abortion is politically charged but by golly we have laws and they should be followed.”

His attorney Jonathan Lanesky in Royal Oak tells 7 Action News that the doctor is retired. 

He also says he will not be practicing medicine in California where he also held a medical license.