Woman fights for law that would remove sex-abusing doctors' names from birth certificates

By Jillian Jorgensen

Marissa Hoechstetter’s memories of her pregnancy will always include the doctor who abused her — but she’s hoping her children’s birth certificates won’t.

Hoechstetter testified to the City Council Thursday in support of legislation that would allow people to remove the name of the attending doctor from a birth certificate if the doctor had his license suspended, revoked or surrendered due to misconduct.

That’s what happened to Hoechstetter’s doctor — Robert Hadden, a deviant gynecologist who was charged with abusing six patients but pleaded guilty to sexually abusing just two of them as part of a plea deal that outraged some of his victims and included no jail time.

Hoechstetter didn’t even get to bring a case against Hadden — she’s said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s office incorrectly told her the statute of limitations had passed.

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