Details of Teen’s Forced Abortion in Portland, Oregon Come Forward

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 8, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 8, 2005

Portland, OR ( — Felicia Bautista was 15 years-old when she found herself pregnant and in a dispute with her boyfriend about whether to have an abortion. He said yes, she said no. Bautista took him to a local abortion business with the hope of changing his mind. Instead, she found herself the victim of a forced abortion.

Bautista won an out of court settlement against the All Women’s Health Services abortion facility in January, becoming the first woman to win a lawsuit against an abortion business for not telling about abortion’s risk of increasing the chance of contracting breast cancer.

Now, the details of her forced abortion are coming forward.

After Bautista and her boyfriend arrived at the Portland-based abortion business, a nurse commented to her that she looked nervous and handed her two pills to take. She left Bautista alone in a locked room.

Bautista swallowed the drugs and her 101-pound body began to react to the two Valium pills.

Though she is given no other information and begins to succumb to the effects of the drugs, the nurse comes back in Bautista’s room and gives her a document to sign.

She signs the document and is led down a hallway, bumping into another girl who has just left a surgical room after having an abortion. Without enough time to clean or sterilize the room, Bautista is sent in for an abortion of her own.

Because of drugged state, Bautista required help to get into the room and onto the table. Without her knowledge or legitimately informed consent or the knowledge of her parents, an abortion is performed on her.

Despite the coercive nature of the abortion, Bautista was only able to sue about the lack of informed consent regarding information about the abortion procedure she should have been told.

Jessica Rodgers, who has written about Bautista’s case for the Salem Statesman Journal newspaper in Oregon, says nothing has changed to prevent what happened to Bautista from happening to other women.

"As outrageous as it may seem, these facilities performing surgeries are not regulated in the same manner as any other medical office, and these clear violations of what ought to be basic patient rights are allowed to continue," Rodgers writes.

"And before this case takes on a long-ago-and-far-away factor, please keep in mind that it was four years ago in Oregon, and nothing has changed," she said.