Scotland Woman Gets Court Date for Lawsuit Over Failed Abortion of Twins

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 7, 2005

Perth, Scotland ( — A Scottish woman who has filed a lawsuit against a hospital over an abortion she had in 2001 has received a court date. Stacy Dow has filed a suit for damages against the facility for the failed abortion of her twin unborn children.

One of the babies survived the abortion and Dow wants money from the hospital for raising the child. Jayde, the baby who survived, is now three years old and Dow is seeking the cost she will incur of raising Jayde, an estimated $600,000 plus.

A Wednesday hearing at Perth Sheriff Court set a March 2006 date for the trial to begin, according to the Evening Times.

Dow was just 16 when she found out she was pregnant with twins and decided to have the abortion. The abortion was performed at the Perth Royal Infirmary and doctors told her the abortion was complete.

Doctors gave Dow a contraception injection and told her there would be side effects from it. She blamed the injection for a weigh gain and the cessation of her periods, and only later realized she was still pregnant.

Dow returned to the medical facility after 33 weeks of pregnancy and was told that one of the babies had survived. Jayde was born in August 2001.

"I have got a child now that I wasn’t planning to have and I believe the hospital should take some responsibility for that," Dow told a London newspaper in April when she filed the lawsuit.

"I wouldn’t dream of giving her up for anything now," Dow has said, despite filing the lawsuit.

Dow brought the lawsuit in part because her husband recently passed away.

Dow discussed with the newspaper how she would tell her daughter about the abortion she hoped to have.

"I still don’t know if, or what, I’m going to tell Jayde when the time comes. I just hope she understands what happened and why I did it," Dow said.

In 2001, Kim Nicholls of Staffordshire, who abortion practitioners told had a successful abortion of twin babies, was awarded $25,000 after one of the unborn children survived the abortion.