The Practice

Trial begins for controversial abortionist

He pointed out she'd told some people that Finkel had pulled her gown up to her neck before the abortion procedure, but told others she had done it herself. Gierloff also noted Kalmansohn earlier had alleged that the doctor had pulled off her socks in the operating room at his North Seventh Avenue office, but now was testifying she'd taken them off herself.

In response to a question, Kalmansohn told Gierloff she'd like to think that she would have bolted from Finkel's office if he hadn't already given her a strong sedative, but she couldn't say for sure what she would have done.

What she did do is have her then-boyfriend call Phoenix police to file a complaint of sexual misconduct against Finkel within minutes after leaving his office following the abortion. That fact alone surely helped credibility with the jury.

Dr. Brian Finkel at work, circa 2001.
Doug Hoeschler
Dr. Brian Finkel at work, circa 2001.

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