Australia Botched Abortion Case Continues, Woman: "I Gave Birth in Toilet"

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 13, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 13, 2006

Sydney, Australia ( — As a botched abortion case continues, the woman who had the abortion told the court about the abortion drugs she took and explained giving birth to a dead baby in her bathroom toilet in the middle of the night. Abortion practitioner Suman Sood, is on trial for manslaughter, using unlawful drugs, and producing a miscarriage.

The unnamed woman told the New South Wales Supreme Court jury of giving birth to a four-month premature baby.

The young mother said she was 20 year old and was about 23 weeks pregnant in may 2002 when she went to Sood’s Australian Women’s Health Clinic abortion facility.

With no money and a rocky relationship with her partner she decided to have an abortion.

Sood was the only abortion practitioner to agree to do the abortion and wanted $1,500 AU for it, according to a Courier Mail news report.

Violating the law, Sood allegedly failed to ask the woman why she wanted the abortion, to check that she had thought about other options, and did not examine her beforehand.

After the first visit, Sood said to come back two days later for the abortion drugs. She gave the woman two pills to swallow and inserted another into her vagina.

That night the woman felt painful cramps and went to her bathroom.

"I started pushing and one thing dropped out and then another thing dropped out and after that I was too scared to stand up," she told the court, according to the Courier Mail.

After calling an ambulance, the baby boy was determined to have died.

When the woman didn’t return to Sood’s abortion business, Sood called her and asked if she was coming in for the abortion.

"I said: ‘No, I’ve already had the baby’," the woman said. "She asked me: ‘What’s going to happen with the extra $100 that I owed her for the tablets’. I said: ‘I don’t know’. She hung up."

Sood, who has performed more than 10,000 abortions, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Sood previously claimed she didn’t perform the illegal abortion but referred the woman to another abortion facility and told her the abortion could not be performed legally in New South Wales.

Sood moved to Sydney from Adelaide in 1992 and has since sold the Australian Women’s Health Clinic and runs just one abortion business now.

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