WHAT IS FORM ABANDONMENT ?
FORM ABANDONMENT ADDON: If you are familiar with Cart Abandonment then you can understand Form Abandonment.
There is such a thing as people starting filling up a form and then leaving, and it could be happening more then one could actually think. As a professional website owner or marketer one is looking for any possible way to capture leads and increase conversions.
Here is a way of doing so.
Form abandonment isn’t always easy to define. Most often, it refers to when someone starts to fill in an form, but leaves the page without submitting it. … abandonment occurs when someone enters a form page, but leaves it without submitting the form
Form: a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted.
There are reasons for this, if you are interested I collected some informations at the end of this article.
But for now let’s see what tool we can use to NEVER lose a lead from form abandonment.
WPForms – FORMS ABANDONMENT ADDON
The easiest way to combat order form abandonment is to install the WPForms Form Abandonment addon on your site. With our Form Abandonment addon, you can capture partial form entries and follow up with those interested prospects, even if they don’t complete the entire form or hit “submit.”
For example, if your prospects enter their name and email address on your order form, and then leave, you can send a follow up email to them encouraging them to complete the checkout process.
WPForms Form Abandonment Add-on will help you to get more leads without increasing your traffic.
It works amazingly well with any single or multi-page form, including:
- Request a Quote forms
- Order forms
- Support Request forms
- …and more
Now you can get in touch with those prospective customers that have already expressed interest, striking while the iron is hot.
You can even automate the process with an email notification that only gets sent to abandoning users.
HOW TO SET UP WPForms FORM ABANDONMENT ADDON
Once you have gotten WPForms Plugin for WordPress installed, you click on WP forms from the WordPress Dashboard and activate the Add-on.
Once you have Installed the Add-on, you have to crate your form, of if you have already a form, this activation will allow you to captures all the leads and rescue abandoned forms.
You will see the following in the WPForms Entries Menu:
Now that you have the entries, you can send e-mails to get the visitor back. you can also set up automatic messages to be sent when the visitors leave the form, so if you are not there, this can be done automatically, increasing the chances that the form will be completed.
This Add-on is an advance options for people who are really serious about their business and do not want to loose any Lead:
In fact the Form Abandonment Add-on comes with the Professional plan from WPForms
WHAT IS WPForms ?
WPForms is the most beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin. The drag & drop online form builder makes it easy for you to create a beautiful contact form, email subscription form, payment form, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.
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- Online Form Builder – Our powerful drag & drop online form builder allows you to easily create WordPress contact forms and other online forms in just a few minutes without writing any code.
- Form Templates – Use our pre-built form templates to save time. Never start from scratch again.
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Forms Abandonment Rate Statistics
Those stats are coming from a website called: Capsumo.
Find the full article here with all different reason for form abandonment
I’ll list the statistics here for reference but please visit their site, they took sometime to collect those data.
- 75.60% according to SaleCycle in 2018 (retrieved Jun 20, 2018)
- 81.40% according to AbandonAid in 2017 (retrieved Jun 20, 2018)
- 76.90% according to SaleCycle in 2017 (retrieved Jun 20, 2018)
- 78.00% according to Listrak in 2016 (retrieved Jan 9, 2017)
- 75.50% according to Adobe in 2016 (retrieved Jan 9, 2017)
- 68.80% according to Barilliance in 2016 (retrieved Jan 9, 2017)
- 74.52% according to SaleCycle in 2016 (retrieved Sep 21, 2016)
- 71.39% according to Barilliance in 2015 (retrieved Jan 14, 2016)
- 68.95% according to IBM in 2015 (retrieved Dec 7, 2015)
- 75.00% according to Listrak in 2015 (retrieved May 8, 2015)
- 75.60% according to SaleCycle in 2015 (retrieved May 8, 2015)
- 68.38% according to IBM in 2014 (retrieved Dec 2, 2014)
- 72.00% according to Listrak in 2014 (retrieved Sep 26, 2014)
- 69.20% according to Vibetrace in 2013 (retrieved Mar 25, 2014)
- 62.30% according to Fireclick in 2014 (retrieved Mar 12, 2014)
- 74.00% according to Barilliance in 2013 (retrieved Mar 12, 2014)
- 67.41% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2013 (retrieved Dec 6, 2013)
- 78.00% according to AbandonAid in 2013 (retrieved Dec 6, 2013)
- 60.32% according to Triggered Messaging in 2013 (retrieved Jul 28, 2013)
- 75.00% according to Listrak in 2013 (retrieved Jul 3, 2013)
- 67.00% according to Comscore in 2012 (retrieved Jul 3, 2013)
- 74.23% according to SaleCycle in 2013 (retrieved Apr 26, 2013)
- 80.30% according to Rejoiner in 2012 (retrieved Feb 14, 2013)
- 61.85% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2012 (retrieved Dec 20, 2012)
- 74.76% according to Fireclick / DigitalRiver in 2012 (retrieved Nov 2, 2012)
- 76.00% according to Listrak in 2012 (retrieved Jul 17, 2012)
- 72.31% according to Fireclick / DigitalRiver in 2011 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 62.31% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2011 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 72.00% according to SeeWhy in 2011 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 71.00% according to SeeWhy in 2010 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 55.00% according to Forrester Research in 2010 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 63.68% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2010 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 69.38% according to Fireclick / DigitalRiver in 2010 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 62.14% according to MarketLive in 2009 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 71.00% according to Forrester Research in 2009 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 63.19% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2009 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 68.00% according to SeeWhy in 2009 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 62.01% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2008 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 61.36% according to IBM / Coremetrics in 2007 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
- 59.80% according to MarketingSherpa in 2006 (retrieved Feb 25, 2012)
Average: 69.89% abandonment rate
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Even as access to any form of reproductive health care is threatened by the Trump administration’s latest rule on Title X, which blocks federally funded health care providers from making referrals to or even informing patients about abortion providers, state lawmakers are continuing their forward march on abortion restrictions. (Planned Parenthood, which serves 1.5 million, or 40 percent, of the low-income people who receive birth control, pregnancy tests and screening for sexually transmitted infections under the rule, announced Monday that it would withdraw from the program rather than comply with the so-called “gag rule.”)
And in the conservative war against reproductive rights, each new law comes closer to unraveling Roe v. Wade: In recent months, state legislatures have passed so-called “heartbeat bills,” which bar abortion once a fetal heartbeat becomes detectable; bans on abortion based on the anticipated race, sex or disability of the fetus; and various regulations on clinics that make it near impossible for them to operate. Some state lawmakers are looking beyond just restricting abortion in their communities and are passing laws in anticipation of an eventual Supreme Court repeal of Roe’s brittle constitutional framework.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, the self-proclaimed most pro-life governor in the country, recently signed a so-called trigger law — one of several preemptive anti-abortion laws that would ensure that, once Roe falls, the state will automatically erect a full-fledged ban on all abortions. Trigger laws may mostly be symbolic for now, but they portend a bleak post-Roe future, when abortion is unmoored from federal constitutional protections and abortion rights default to a patchwork of regressive state restrictions. Women will then face abysmal gaps in abortion care, with outright bans in eight states and severe restrictions in many others, even as the federal government (and, presumably the states) make birth control harder for the poorest women to access.
Still, abortion won’t go away; it will simply cost women more, forcing many into deeper hardship and greater risk in order to end an unwanted pregnancy, and leaving others priced out of their basic reproductive rights.
A new study on abortion in a “Post-Roe world” projects that, were the decision to be repealed, women would immediately face outright abortion bans in eight states — Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee — and extreme restrictions in many others, which would dramatically lengthen the distance women would need to travel to an abortion clinic. About 4 in 10 women ages 15 to 44 would have to travel farther, some up to nearly 800 miles from home. The average additional distance traveled would be nearly 250 miles, which would compound the existing “abortion deserts” that already sprawl across many cities and rural regions.
If Roe is overturned, a woman in Kentucky, for instance, might be faced with the burden of a half day’s drive to and from a clinic in another state, as well as a potentially onerous 24-hour wait between her initial clinic visit and the actual procedure, thanks to mandatory waiting periods that some states have imposed.
In numerical terms, perhaps abortion opponents could then claim a notional victory: The year following Roe’s reversal, according to the study, would see an estimated one-third decline in abortions nationwide because increased travel distances would prevent an estimated 93,546 to 143,561 women from terminating their pregnancies.
Some might be surprised that nearly 1 in 3 women would be deterred under these abortion restrictions. But according to Caitlin Myers, co-author of the study, the decline “is not so implausible when you consider that women seeking abortions tend to be at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives… For some women, a clinic that is a couple hundred miles away might as well be on the moon.”
Yet two-thirds women who want an abortion will probably manage to get one, even if it costs them a job or disrupts their family lives. Their desperation will be measured in the de facto abortion tax they will pay: not just the added time and cost of driving to a faraway clinic, but also the risk of secrecy that a teenager takes on when she borrows a bus fare and vanishes for a weekend, or the psychological stress an undocumented single mother endures when she spends the last of her savings and takes risks of traveling across state lines while trying to avoid exposing herself to immigration authorities.
But behind the numbers, the deep social toll of abortion restrictions will only exacerbate the hardships that drive many to seek abortion in the first place. The study notes that, among women who have abortions, three quarters are low-income or poor, and over half already have children. The majority “have experienced a recent disruptive life event.” For them, the cost of dealing with a pregnancy they do not want or cannot afford still exceeds the cost of navigating a maze of dehumanizing abortion restrictions.
The evidence bears out women’s choices; the long-term effects of abortion restrictions could be economically devastating for low income women. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in the decades following Roe, abortion access has been correlated with increased labor force participation, as women who can choose whether and when to have children also have more freedom to pursue career goals. Abortion access is also linked to decreased teen births and in turn, increased college attainment, with an especially pronounced effect for black women. And their children did better economically and academically, with lower rates of poverty and higher college graduation rates.
Conversely, this new study warns of the negative consequences of the mounting restrictions on abortion access. With 338 anti-abortion laws passed between 2010 and 2016, the growing thicket of state-level restrictions on reproductive rights could undermine women’s ability to participate in the workforce and earn college degrees, and lower the future prospects for their kids.
The setbacks for women and families parallel a general disinvestment in family planning services by the Trump administration. Fortunately, some states such as Illinois and New York are working to expand abortion access, with additional laws strengthening state-level abortion rights and reaffirming reproductive choice in healthcare programs.
But if Roe unravels and abortion bans are unleashed around the country, women will face a legal and economic precipice, their reproductive futures chained to an ideology that strives to “protect the unborn” at any cost. The cost is always meted out on their bodies and minds, forcing them to travel impossible distances, eroding their bodily autonomy and stripping away their dignity in order to uphold someone else’s idea of the “sanctity of life.”
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Richard Callaghan, famed coach of Olympians such as Tara Lipinski and Todd Eldredge, was banned for life from figure skating Wednesday by the sport’s governing bodies due to sexual misconduct allegations.
Callaghan was declared permanently ineligible on Wednesday by the U.S. Center for Safesport, the federally recognized watchdog of the U.S. Olympics community, with the causes listed on its website as “physical misconduct,” “emotional misconduct” and “sexual misconduct involving minor.”
Safesport says in its database that the sexual misconduct ruling is still “subject to appeal/not yet final.”
Callaghan’s attorney, Dean Groulx, told NBC News he believes the Safesport investigation was a “witch hunt.”
“This is a sad day for U.S. Olympic sports,” Groulx said. “A true giant in U.S. Olympic figure skating is subject to a lifetime ban without due process.”
Thelifetime ban from figure skating comes 12 days after a lawsuit was filed against Callaghan in San Diego by his former student, Adam Schmidt, 34. The lawsuit alleged that Callaghan, 73, sexually abused Schmidt from 1999 to 2001, starting when Schmidt was 14-years-old.
Groulx has called the allegations in Schmidt’s lawsuit “100 percent false.”
This is not the first time Richard Callaghan has been accused of sexual misconduct. Both U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) and the Professional Skater’s Association dismissed claims of sexual misconduct against him in 1999 by Craig Maurizi.
Maurizi, now 56, accused Callaghan of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with him in 1976, when he was 13 years old. Maurizi also alleged Callaghan engaged in a sexual relationship with him from the time he was 18 to 22 years old.
But almost 20 years after USFS dismissed Craig Maurizi’s claims against Callaghan, Maurizi detailed the allegations in a report filed with the U.S. Center for Safesport. Safesport suspended Callaghan for 20 years on March 6, 2018, as did USFS, after Maurizi’s report.
Callaghan has repeatedly maintained his innocence. “Two different governing bodies weighed the allegations and both organizations dismissed the allegations completely,” said Groulx in 2018 following the 20-year-suspension from Safesport.
Tara Lipinski and Todd Eldridge have yet to comment on the news of their former coach’s lifetime ban.
Callagan’s ban is the latest in a string of alleged sexual misconduct and abuse reports in figure skating. Just over three weeks ago, Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Wagner came forward with her story of sexual abuse by former U.S. pairs national champion John Coughlin.
Coughlin died by suicide in January after being suspended by Safesport for alleged sexual misconduct involving minors.
In March, SafeSport said in a statement that after investigating allegations against John Coughlin and others that it discovered “a culture in figure skating that allowed grooming and abuse to go unchecked for too long.”
Safesport warned that the culture in figure skating, where athletes are often minors while training, creates and tolerates sexual abuse. Ashley Wagner echoed that when she came out with her story of alleged abuse in USA Today, stating that figure skating “is a pressure-cooker environment that will continue to create uncomfortable, inappropriate and unsafe work places unless something is done about it.”
USFS released a statement earlier this month on the allegations of abuse in the sport, stating, “Recent news reports regarding allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct in our sport have been heartbreaking.”
The organization also stated that they support all survivors, encourage all victims to come forward and they do not tolerate abuse or misconduct. USFS stated that “there is no place for such behavior in sports or anywhere in life.”
Sarah Sanders, the former White House press secretary who often clashed with reporters during her rare press briefings, is joining Fox News as a contributor.
Sanders “will provide political commentary and analysis” across all of Fox News’ platforms, including Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, the organization said in a press release.
“I am beyond proud to join their incredible stable of on-air contributors in providing political insights and analysis,” Sanders said in a statement. She’s set to make her debut on “Fox & Friends” on Sept. 6, the release said.
Sanders announced she was resigning from her post in June, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Under her tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief spokesperson, regular White House press briefings were slowly phased out — there hadn’t been one for 94 days at the time she resigned. When they were held, she sometimes got into heated arguments with reporters.
She also admitted to investigators from then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s office to having made up a claim that she’d heard from “countless” FBI personnel that they were happy that the president had fired then-director James Comey. She said the statement “was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that wasn’t founded on anything,” according to the Mueller report.
Sanders will see some familiar faces at Fox — former communications director Hope Hicks is the parent company’s communications chief, and Sanders’ former deputy Raj Shah works there as well.
The Sanders announcement came one day after Sanders’ predecessor, Sean Spicer, was revealed to be a contestant on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
A mother is suspected in the murder of her two adult children after police found all three dead in an Atlanta home Wednesday.
The body of Marsha Edwards, 58, was found along with her 20-year-old daughter Erin Edwards and 24-year-old son Chris Edwards, according to a statement from the Cobb County Police Department.
Police discovered the family while performing a wellness check at the Vinings, Georgia, home, located about 12 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
Erin Edwards was was a student at Boston University and a former intern for NBC New York. The station’s vice president, Benjamin Berkowitz, expressed condolences to Erin Edwards’ family and friends in a statement.
“Erin Edwards was a gifted storyteller with a passion for her work,” Berkowitz said. “Her enthusiasm was infectious and her smile lit up a room. She was an incredibly decent, kind person who earned our admiration. Her talent was truly God-given.”
Chris Edwards was a digital content manager for the City of Atlanta and worked in the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.
Both adult children were shot and the mother appeared to die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Marsha Edwards founded a medical equipment supply company called MME Enterprises, according to the company website.
The children’s father and Marsha Edwards’ ex-husband is Dr. Chris Edwards, a prominent Atlanta-area surgeon who also sits on the board of trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine, WXIA reported. A spokesperson for the family released a statement to WXIA on behalf of Chris Edwards.
“Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” the statement said.
Chris Edwards, who also serves as chairman of the board of commissioners for the Atlanta Housing Authority, is considered a local civic leader and well-known in the community.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement she and her husband mourned the loss of the Edwards family. “Chris and Erin were beautiful, vibrant and brilliant young adults whom we had the pleasure of knowing their entire lives,” the mayor said in a statement on Twitter.
“They filled the lives of all who met them with joy, compassion and kindness. May the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, be with the Edwards family and all who had the honor to have known them.”
The president of the National Black Journalist Association, of which the three dead Edwards were members, also released a statement on the deaths.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Marsha Edwards, Christopher Edwards II and Erin Edwards,” NABJ President Dorothy Tucker wrote on Twitter. “This tragedy has claimed the lives of three members, but touches countless more.”
Facebook has banned The Epoch Times, a conservative news outlet that spent more money on pro-Trump Facebook advertisements than any group other than the Trump campaign, from any future advertising on the platform.
The decision follows an NBC News report that The Epoch Times had shifted its spending on Facebook in the last month, seemingly in an effort to obfuscate its connection to some $2 million worth of ads that promoted the president and conspiracy theories about his political enemies.
“Over the past year we removed accounts associated with the Epoch Times for violating our ad policies, including trying to get around our review systems,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We acted on additional accounts today and they are no longer able to advertise with us.”
Facebook’s decision came as a result of a review prompted by questions from NBC News. The spokesperson explained that ads must include disclaimers that accurately represent the name of the ad’s sponsors.
The Epoch Times’ new method of pushing the pro-Trump conspiracy ads on Facebook, which appeared under page names such as “Honest Paper” and “Pure American Journalism,” allowed the organization to hide its multimillion-dollar spending on dark-money ads, in effect bypassing Facebook’s political advertising transparency rules. Facebook’s ban will affect only The Epoch Times’ ability to buy ads; the sock-puppet pages created to host the new policy-violating ads were still live at the time of publication.
A recent NBC News investigation revealed how The Epoch Times had evolved from a nonprofit newspaper that carried a Chinese-American religious movement’s anti-communism message into a conservative online news behemoth that embraced President Donald Trump and conspiracy content.
The religious group that quietly operates the paper believes in a coming judgment day that will send communists to hell and says Trump is helping accelerate that timeline.
Since 2016, The Epoch Times’ revenue more than doubled, and the reach of its online content rocketed past that of every other news organization, attracting billions of views across its many platforms. It also became a player on the conservative media stage, securing interviews with Trump Cabinet members, loyalists and family members, as well as members of Congress and Republican media stars.
Until mid-July, The Epoch Times had placed its ads through accounts that clearly labeled their affiliation to the wider organization. Through the umbrella account, Coverage of the Trump Presidency by The Epoch Times, the news organization spent $1.5 million on more than 11,000 Trump-friendly Facebook ads within the last year.
In May, after a popular newsletter from the political consulting company ACRONYM highlighted The Epoch Times’ major Facebook spending, journalist Judd Legum noted in his newsletter how many of the ads were in violation of Facebook’s policies. NBC News reporters reached out to The Epoch Times in June, prompting a defensive open letter from the site’s publisher.
By July, The Epoch Times’ official accounts were no longer running any ads on Facebook, according to searches of Facebook’s Ad Library, its transparency tool that is supposed to make it easy to find information behind ads “related to politics or issues of national importance.”
The ads are still running, just not under the official accounts. By mid-July, Epoch Times ads had shifted to multiple pages with opaque names such as Honest Paper, Patriots of America, Pure American Journalism and Best News. Other Epoch Times ads were sponsored by a now-defunct page called The News Express.
The Epoch Times has spent more than $450,000 on thousands of ads from these five accounts in the last 30 days. It is unclear whether there are other accounts.
Multiple anonymous patrons now appear on the “paid for” section of each ad. Where Epoch Times ads used to be clearly marked as being paid for by The Epoch Times, ads now claim to have been paid for by groups such as “Chronicle Media” or “MarketFuel Subscription Services.”
The new ads prompt potential customers to visit similarly generic websites, such as genuinenewspaper.com and truthandtradition.news, websites registered privately on July 24 and 25, respectively, according to a search on DomainTools, a domain-research company. Those sites both redirect to The Epoch Times’ subscription page.
The Epoch Times’ publisher, Stephen Gregory, did not return a request for comment.
The growth and legitimacy of The Epoch Times are due in large part to Facebook, where it placed $2 million in pro-Trump ads in the last year, more than any other organization outside Trump’s re-election campaign and more than what most of the Democratic presidential candidates spent on their own campaigns in the same time.
Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist who advised The Epoch Times on how to break into the broader conservative movement, told NBC News that he arranged its introduction to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and arranged dozens of interviews with right-wing newsmakers.
Although he doesn’t manage their social media strategy — Steinhauser said The Epoch Times handles that internally — he said creating multiple pages and accounts without clearly labeling their connection to the wider organization was a common practice used by public relations or political campaigns to bring in subscribers and donors.
The Justice Department on Thursday said an email sent to immigration court employees this week should not have included a link to a white nationalist website.
The blog post “directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,” the immigration judges’ union complained in a letter to DOJ that was obtained by Buzzfeed. “Publication and dissemination of a white supremacist, anti-Semitic website throughout the EOIR is antithetical to the goals and ideals of the Department of Justice,” the letter said.
NBC News has not independently obtained the letter or the email, but the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review acknowledged there had been a mistake.
“The daily EOIR morning news briefings are compiled by a contractor and the blog post should not have been included,” EOIR assistant press secretary Kathryn Mattingly said in a statement to NBC. “The Department of Justice condemns Anti-Semitism in the strongest terms.”
The report came one day after President Donald Trump invoked a dual loyalty trope widely viewed as anti-Semitic when he told reporters that Jews who vote for Democrats are “very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.”
A New York doctor who performed unsanctioned research on people as part of his alleged connection to NXIVM, a cult-like group that kept women as virtual sex prisoners, had his medical license revoked Tuesday.
Brandon B. Porter, a former doctor at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, violated 40 state and federal regulations, according to an investigation against him by the New York Department of Health. The department’s investigation into Porter found that the doctor not only conducted unlicensed “human subject research,” but that he failed to obtain proper consent from people or keep records from his supposed studies.
Between 2010 and 2017, Porter allegedly performed unsanctioned neurological research on more than 200 “subjects” to study psychological responses to certain stimuli as part of NXIVM’s studies into Tourette’s syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and “Executive Success Program” for self-betterment, according to the department’s investigation.
In one study, dubbed the “Fright Study,” Porter forced his subjects to watch violent and “horrific” video clips, including footage of four women being dismembered with a machete and a conscious male being forced to eat his own brain matter.
“The Respondent, who knew or should have known that human subjects participating in the Fright Study could have been caused mental pain and suffering, and/or psychological injury while viewing the disturbing and violent actual video and film clips, failed to terminate such study,” the department of health said in its investigation.
The Fright Study was one of many projects tied to NXIVM in which Porter failed to obtain approval from a Health Research Review Committee (HRRC), failed to obtain written consent of the subject, failed to inform subjects of the possible risks to the study, and failed to submit reports to the New York Department of Health’s independent review board.
The investigation into Porter alleges that he joined NXIVM in 2001 and relocated to the organization’s base in Albany, New York, in 2009. Porter admitted to the administrators at St. Peter’s Hospital in September of 2017 that he conducted studies for NXIVM without institutional review board approval and without proper research training, according to the health department’s investigation.
Porter resigned from the hospital a month later.
NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, 58, was convicted in June of racketeering, sex trafficking and possession of child pornography related to his work with the group, which was purported to be a self-help group.
Federal prosecutors said that Raniere created a secret sorority called DOS within NXIVM in which female “slaves” turned over compromising materials that were used to blackmail and force them into sex.
The hearing committee tasked with reviewing Porter’s case called his studies meaningless and that they preyed on some NXIVM members who “expressed vulnerabilities when joining the organization, such as ‘rough’ times and periods of ‘high stress’ in their lives.”
“The Respondent betrayed the trust and confidence the subjects placed in him based on his status as a respected physician when he abandoned his other by taking inadequate care of them,” the hearing committee said in its decision to revoke Porter’s license.
Porter has a month from the committee’s decision to appeal the revocation of his license. A lawyer for Porter did not immediately return a request for comment from NBC News.
A group of 18 attorneys general from across the country Thursday supported a challenge to a Trump administration rule that broadly expands its ability to quickly deport undocumented immigrants.
The attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a lawsuit brought by advocacy organizations challenging the rule, which expands “expedited removal.”
The rule means immigration officials have a much broader ability to deport undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States who cannot prove they have been in the country continuously for two years or more.
The attorneys general wrote in the brief that they support a preliminary injunction barring the rule from being in effect as the court case plays out.
The group wrote that the states involved in the brief are “home to hundreds of thousands of people who have come to this country because they fear persecution, torture or violence in their countries of origin or to seek a better life for their families.”
“They face severe consequences if placed in expedited removal,” they wrote.
“We are fighting back to ensure that every person is afforded appropriate protections under the law, and that this administration does not rip any more families apart,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Thursday announcing the action. “Everyone in this nation — regardless of legal status — has the right to due process under the U.S. Constitution, and we will not waver in our fight to ensure this protection.”
The states involved are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, in addition to Washington, D.C.
Last month, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice in the Federal Register, set to be effective immediately, that expanded “expedited removal,” which was first established by statute in 1996.
Since 2004, the policy allowed for immigration authorities to use the expedited removal process for undocumented immigrants caught within 100 miles of a U.S. land border and arrested within 14 days of arrival.
The new notice would expand that to all undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States and says they would have to show “to the satisfaction of an immigration officer, that they have been physically present in the United States continuously” for two years or more.
“The effect of that change will be to enhance national security and public safety — while reducing government costs — by facilitating prompt immigration determinations,” the department wrote in the rule.
The department added that the notice would allow it to “address more effectively and efficiently” the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and ensure “prompt removal from the country.”
Earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the rule, arguing it violates immigrants’ rights, is illegal, arbitrary and capricious, and could lead to abuse or errors. Those errors include deporting people who should be allowed to stay in the country or detaining people who have been in the country more than two years but are not quickly able to prove it, the lawsuit said.
The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.