[2024 Guide] Dr. David Broadbent: Mormon Premarital Exams & Sexual Abuse

How David Broadbent Used Mormon Premarital Exams to Sexually Abuse Patients

Premarital exams are a concept unique to Utah and Mormon-majority communities in the United States.

Typically the first gynecological visit for young women, premarital exams intend to establish a relationship between the patient and the OBGYN, set expectations for women about sex and provide insight on sexual safety and pleasure.

Premarital exams focus heavily on the fact that a woman will often be having sexual intercourse for the first time after being married, and the examination aims to alleviate fears a woman may have about sexual intercourse.

Dr. David Broadbent Mormon Premarital Exams & Sexual Abuse

According to personal accounts of victims and lawsuits filed against Broadbent and his employers, premarital exams were used by Dr. David Broadbent to take advantage of and sexually abuse young women. 

Broadbent worked as an OBGYN in the Provo, UT area for decades, committing numerous acts of sexual abuse and misconduct against his patients under the guise of medical care.

If you or a loved one experienced sexual exploitation or abuse by David H. Broadbent between 1979 and 2022, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Our goal is to hold Broadbent and his enablers accountable for the abuse they allowed him to commit so that this kind of thing isn’t allowed to happen again.

If you have information about Broadbent’s sexual abuse and misconduct—or tips about how the institutions covered up complaints—please contact us at (800) 215-1003.

All calls are 100% Confidential and Anonymous.

Learn more about the David H. Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

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What is a Premarital Exam?

Premarital exams, also referred to as sexual health visits and sexual health consultations, are gynecological examinations often recommended by healthcare providers in Utah.

Premarital exams are also featured on websites of health providers in Mormon-majority communities of Idaho and Arizona.

According to Valley Women’s Health, which is under the umbrella of hospitals that employed David Broadbent:

“A typical premarital exam includes a brief health history, a complete physical exam, discussion of birth control options, and a brief overview of intercourse and foreplay. A pelvic exam is done to determine if there is a need for dilators.”

Valley Women’s Health goes on to say that a premarital exam should be scheduled at least one month before your wedding day, and that they recommend you make an appointment as soon as you are engaged.

Young women are encouraged to see an OBGYN for an examination and consultation that often includes:

  • Discussions on whether a woman’s body is “ready for sex”;
  • Discussions on how to prepare for sexual intercourse;
  • A pelvic exam; and
  • Precautions such as antibiotics and dilators

Pap smears and other vaginal examinations may also be conducted during a “pre-marital exam”.

The Prevalence of Premarital Exams in the Utah Health Care System

Dozens of hospitals, medical clinics, gynecologists, and other healthcare providers in Utah offer young women what has been commonly known as a Premarital Exam.

In recent years, scrutiny of premarital exams has come to a head.

Doctors have shared their opinions, and victims have spoken out about how premarital exams have been used as an excuse for predatory doctors to abuse their patients.

To stave further controversy, the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare altered their web pages on premarital exams.

They now refer to them as “Sexual Health Visits” or “Premarital Consultations”, and both have removed mention of dilators and antibiotics.

Both the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare now encourage patients to talk to their doctors about contraception, practicing safe sex, the HPV vaccine and any other concerns they have.

Premarital Exams and David Broadbent Sexual Abuse

Throughout his career as an OBGYN, David Broadbent sexually abused countless women.

During gynecological appointments at MountainStar Healthcare and other affiliated medical facilities, Broadbent committed several acts of sexual abuse under the guise of medical care.

Broadbent conducted premarital exams with young women at his Provo, Utah office, using the meetings as a way to sexually abuse patients.

Broadbent’s office was nearby Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, and many of his patients were young women who had little prior experience with OBGYNs.

He used his patients’ inexperience and his protected position as a medical professional to commit sexual abuse with no repercussions.

When survivors began to speak up in the media and share their traumatic experiences, they shed light on the abuse Broadbent committed and the lengths to which his employers evaded responsibility for their doctor’s actions.

In February 2022, a lawsuit was filed in Utah’s 4th District Court by attorneys representing 100 survivors.

Dr. David Broadbent Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

David H. Broadbent is a former OB/GYN under criminal investigation and facing civil lawsuits for sexual abuse of patients.

Broadbent worked at multiple medical facilities in the Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City, UT areas, including:

  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Utah Valley Hospital
  • MountainStar Healthcare
  • Other Utah health care providers

Administration of multiple medical facilities knew about Broadbent’s sexual abuse and did little to stop it.

The former OBGYN had adverse action taken against his medical license back in 1990 but continued practicing and seeing women in private for decades.

Civil lawsuits are now being filed by our firm in partnership with local counsel Gross & Rooney, on behalf of victims and survivors of Dr. David H. Broadbent, and the institutions that covered up his abuse including:

  • Utah Valley Hospital;
  • Mountainstar Healthcare;
  • Intermountain Healthcare; and
  • Other medical facilities

Contact Us If You Have Information About Sexual Abuse Committed by David Broadbent

For the past decade, our Founder Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq., has been suing Columbia University to hold them accountable for covering up decades of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by former OBGYN Robert Hadden.

From the early years, Mr. DiPietro made a conscious and deliberate decision to put his clients’ comfort level first.

Mr. DiPietro understands the complex emotions and challenges that victims and survivors wrestle with when deciding to come forward.

As a result, he has committed to protecting and supporting his clients throughout this process.

If you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse by David Broadbent, you are eligible to file a legal claim anonymously.

In addition, those who witnessed Broadbent’s abuse are encouraged to share their stories or reports about what they’ve seen or heard.

All calls regarding the David H. Broadbent sexual abuse cover up are 100% free and confidential.

The DiPietro Law Firm has:

  • Recovered $236 million against Columbia University and Robert Hadden
  • Forced Columbia University to enact policies to increase patient safety
  • Helped pass four separate laws in New York State that now provide victims and survivors with a path to justice – including the Adult Survivors Act and the Gender Motivated Violence Act.

The DiPietro Law Firm is pushing for change in Utah’s sexual abuse laws.

We’re now seeking to hold the institutions accountable that enabled and covered up David Broadbent’s sexual exploitation and abuse.

Zero-Tolerance Policy for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Founder, Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq., has occasionally been asked by a victim or survivor about whether a certain type of sexual exploitation and abuse is “bad enough” to hold a predator or an institution accountable.

This is likely a result of the fact that many of the cases that Mr. DiPietro’s work has involved extreme forms of abuse such as CSA, illegal penetration, and illegal oral contact (we’re using general terms here in order to not be too graphic, as well as to avoid being censored by various internet algorithms).

However, other forms of abuse have involved early stage sexual grooming involving inappropriate commentary, verbal and physical boundary violations, and over the clothes assaults and battery.

In Mr. DiPietro’s world, there is no acceptable level of sexual exploitation and abuse that he is willing—or any of us should be willing—to tolerate.

Mr. DiPietro explains that:

“There is no level of sexual exploitation and abuse that I’m willing to accept… Women who are just seeking out basic healthcare, should not have to endure any level of sexual exploitation and abuse. It’s not just about holding perpetrators accountable, it’s about making an example of them so that other institutions don’t allow the same thing to happen. That way our kids, grandkids, and generations to come, can grow up in a world that is better than the one we grew up in.”

We welcome your call at (800) 215-1003 and are looking forward to speaking with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What did Dr. David H. Broadbent do?

    David Broadbent used his position of power to sexually abuse female patients under the guise of medical care.

    Broadbent committed numerous acts of sexual assault on patients seeking proper medical care, manipulating victims into trusting him.

    Dr. David Broadbent committed the following:

    • Digital rape
    • Digital sodomy
    • Sexually Exploitative and abusive Pre-Marital exams (these are *not* medical exams, but rather religious exams which Broadbent knowingly used to sexually exploit women—because he knew that such victims would be unlikely to “report being abused” since doing so would make them appear dirty and not worthy of marriage)
    • Fondling/groping
    • Unnecessary/forced medical examinations
    • Sexual abuse
    • Inappropriate conduct and sexually charged comments

  • Where did David H. Broadbent work?

    David Broadbent worked for several Utah health care providers, including:

    • Intermountain Healthcare
    • Utah Valley Hospital
    • MountainStar Healthcare

    Broadbent worked most recently at a private office. The physician’s private clinic was located at 1355 N. University Avenue,  #130 in Provo, UT, and is listed on Google as permanently closed.

  • Was the original lawsuit filed in the District Court in Provo dismissed?

    Yes, the 4th District Court judge in Provo dismissed without prejudice (meaning they can be re-filed) a group of sexual exploitation and abuse lawsuits filed against David Broadbent and his former employers, under the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act.

    The ironic part about Judge Lunnen’s decision, is that the cases were *not* intentionally filed under the Act by the victims, since the cases involve sexual abuse—not malpractice.

    However, it was the defense lawyers for Broadbent who argued to the court that:

    “…the claims asserted in Plaintiffs against Defendant Dr. Broadbent constitute ‘a malpractice action against a healthcare provider’ as set forth in the Utah Healthcare Malpractice Act 78B-3-403(17) which states: ‘Malpractice action against a health care provider’ means any action against a health care provider, whether in contract, tort, breach of warranty, wrongful death, or otherwise, based upon alleged personal injuries relating to or arising out of health care rendered or which should have been rendered by the health care provider.”

    Under Utah law, the Healthcare Malpractice Act, states that anyone who seeks to bring “medical malpractice claims” must file a notice of intent, and participate in a non-binding pre-litigation hearing before the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

    No such notice of intent was filed in these cases because sexual abuse is not a form of medical negligence (malpractice)—it’s just simply sexual abuse.

    Sexual abuse does not arise “out of healthcare”.

    Instead, sexual abuse arises directly out of “illegal activity and gross wickedness”—neither of which have anyting to do with the sacred art, and science, of medical care and treatment.

    Broadbent should not be allowed to cloak his sexual abuse of women, under the guise of some form of medical care gone wrong.

    Unfortunately, Judge Lunnen (who’s likely logged too few miles with his feet inside OB/GYN stirrups) concluded that the sexual abuse that these women endured in Broadbent’s office was a form of “medical malpractice”—and not a form of “sexual abuse.”

    This is similar to saying that a child, who was abused inside a school, was subjected to a form of miseducation, and not a form of CSA.

    Understandably, the victims’ attorneys have filed an appeal of the judge’s findings.

Resources for Sexual Exploitation & Abuse Survivors

We’re currently investigating this case and many other cases involving serial sexual predators.

As more information becomes available on our cases, we will share it on the The DiPietro Law Firm Twitter account (@atdipietro).

If you’re a survivor of sexual exploitation and abuse, please contact our Free Consultation Helpline for a 100% confidential and free consultation about your case at (212) 233-3600.

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About Anthony T. DiPietro

Founder Anthony T. DiPietro, Esq. is a compassionate and skilled trial attorney who has completely dedicated the past 23 years of his career to litigating medical malpractice and sexual abuse cases against major corporate institutions including hospitals, medical clinics, schools, and other wrongdoers.

Mr. DiPietro has also obtained some of New York State’s highest verdicts and settlements, and has been selected to New York State Super Lawyers® each year, for the past 10 years in a row.

In 2022, Mr. DiPietro was selected as one of America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators for the landmark cases he’s won on behalf of survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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Robert Hadden, a disgraced Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN) who worked for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was criminally convicted in 2016 of sexually exploiting and abusing patients under the guise of medical care.

Hadden used his position of authority and trust to sexually exploit women and girls for nearly three decades as a Columbia University physician.

All the while, Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital administrators turned their backs and ignored reports of Hadden’s abuse, gaslighting patients and the public.

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Years of Abuse:  1979 – 2022


David H. Broadbent is a former OB/GYN under criminal investigation and facing civil lawsuits for sexual abuse of patients.

Broadent worked at multiple medical facilities in the Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City, UT areas.

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