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The federal case against Florida's busiest abortionist

Dr. James Scott Pendergraft IV likely will perform more abortions this year at the five clinics he owns throughout Florida than any other doctor in the state, if not the country. By all accounts, Dr. Pendergraft is a physician of exceptional medical skill and boundless commercial ambition. The burly 43-year-old employs a host of high-profile marketing techniques, including highway billboards, that unsettle fellow abortion providers and infuriate right-to-lifers. "I never try to sneak into a city," says Pendergraft, who makes his rounds in a bulletproof vest. "I want people to know they're coming to someone who is not a back-alley kind of individual."

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