Australia Abortion Practitioner Won’t Fight New Complaints About Her

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 11
, 2006

Sydney, Australia ( — Australia abortion practitioner Suman Sood, who was recently convicted by a court for illegally giving a woman an abortion drug late in pregnancy, won’t fight new complaints against her filed by women who say she gave them substandard medical care.

Several new complaints have been filed with officials over the way Suman Sood handled abortions done on various women.

The New South Wales (NSW) Medical Tribunal will soon hold a hearing on the complaints but Sood won’t contest them. Some 11 women who received abortion or other medical care from her since 1998 filed the complaints.

"I have decided not to contest the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) at the medical tribunal proceedings," Sood told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

"I have accepted my counsel Mr Phillip Boulten and Mr Michael Fordham’s advice that it is inappropriate for me to comment on the particulars in the HCCC case whilst the criminal proceedings are continuing," she said.

In the illegal abortion case, Sood failed to conduct a medical examination on a patient she gave a dangerous abortion drug to that resulted in a botched abortion. The woman gave birth to a premature baby boy in the toilet in her bathroom at home and by the time paramedics could rush the infant to the hospital, he was dead.

Sood was convicted and a court hearing for the sentencing is expected this week. She could be jailed for as much as 10 years as a result.

Following the conviction, Sood voluntarily took her name off of the nation’s medical register and will no longer do abortions. She had done more than 10,000 before convicted of the improper abortion.

Looking at the new complaints, one of the women said Sood treated her in June 2002 even though the abortion practitioner’s medical license was suspended at the time.

Sood, who sometimes does non-abortion medical work, told the woman she had cancer and only two or three months to live. Later, the woman saw a specialist who told her the diagnosis was wrong and that she didn’t have cancer.

Another woman said Sood did an abortion on her but it failed. She returned to Sood’s abortion business to have the abortion completed and Sood charged her for an additional abortion.

The woman told the Herald newspaper she later went to a hospital with severe bleeding and doctors there told her she had fibroids.