An abortion doctor who has become known for her gruesome, attention-grabbing social media posts has had her temporary medical license revoked and her application for a permanent license denied by the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners.
West Alabama Women's Center announced Leah Torres as its new medical director in early August. On August 20, the board of medical examiners wrote a letter to Torres explaining that her application for an Alabama medical license had been denied. The letter states that Torres supplied fraudulent and "false, misleading and untruthful information" to the board in her application, and details four items on the application which she answered with incorrect information.
The letter said that Torres " ... committed unprofessional conduct as defined in the rules promulgated by the Medical Licensure Commission; specifically, you have made public statements related to the practice of medicine which violate the high standards of honesty, diligence, prudence, and ethical integrity demanded from physicians licensed to practice in Alabama and which evidence conduct which is immoral and which is willful, shameful, and which shows a moral indifference to the standards and opinions of the community ..."
The letter does not provide further description of Torres's "public statements related to the practice of medicine," although it may be a reference to social media posts such as a March 2018 post in which she wrote: "You know fetuses can't scream, right? I transect the cord first, so there's really no opportunity..."
Torres later said she meant that she cuts the umbilical cord first and was not referring to the vocal cord. She also deleted the tweet.
In a December 2018 tweet, Torres wrote that, "God performs way more abortions than I do."
Torres may appeal the denial of her application by September 21, 2020.