January 29, 1995 in Nation/World

Clinic Owner Sentenced For Illegal Abortion

Associated Press

A medical clinic owner who performed illegal abortions was sentenced to 16 years to life for the death of a patient.

Alicia Ruiz Hanna was “callous and self-serving,” Superior Court Judge Everett Dickey said Friday during sentencing.

Relatives of the victim testified they found Hanna trying to stuff the dead woman’s body into the trunk of a car.

Hanna, 33, was convicted last month of second-degree murder in the death of Angela Nieto Sanchez, attempting to perform an illegal abortion on Sanchez and two counts of performing illegal abortions on other women.

Hanna is not a doctor and has only limited medical training.

Sanchez, 27, went to Hanna’s Santa Ana clinic in January 1993, accompanied by two of her four children.

Sanchez paid Hanna $280 cash up front. Hanna took her to a treatment room, gave her Valium and injected her with an unknown drug, trying to induce a miscarriage. Instead, she suffered a seizure.

Hanna then prevented an assistant from making a 911 call for help. After Sanchez died, Hanna told the woman’s waiting children their mother had left without them.

The children were picked up by a relative.

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