W.Va. doctor says complaint is political stunt

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston doctor is denying allegations made against him in a complaint filed by a Kanawha County delegate.

Dr. Byron Calhoun says Delegate Nancy Guthrie's complaint is a political stunt.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/JazTSM ) reports that Guthrie filed the complaint with the state Board of Medicine last week. She alleges that the gynecologist claimed he saw patients weekly complaining about botched abortions.

Guthrie asked the board to investigate whether Calhoun violated the codes of medical conduct for not reporting the alleged substandard services.

Calhoun says in a letter sent Monday to media outlets that he frequently treats women at the emergency room at Women and Children's Hospital for abortion complications. He says he never referred to these complications as botched abortions.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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