South Africa Woman Sues Over Botched Abortion Leaving Her Barren

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 14, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 14
, 2006

Pretoria, South Africa ( — A woman in South Africa has filed a lawsuit against an abortion practitioner who botched an abortion and left her unable to have children. The woman is suing G. M. M. Leeuw who allegedly botched her abortion in 1999 at a Marie Stopes Clinic in Pretoria.

The unnamed 31 year-old woman is suing for R500,000 ($68,000 US) saying he did not have the skills necessary to do abortions. Judge Willie Hartzenberg held a hearing on the lawsuit.

During the abortion procedure, Leeuw is said to have tried to use a suction abortion on the woman but ended up tearing a five centimeter hole in her cervix.

The woman’s lawsuit, according to a report in the Citizen newspaper, indicates that Leeuw tried three times to complete the abortion and eventually told her he had failed. he instructed her to go to Pretoria Academic Hospital or to return to the abortion building the next day saying she may have a miscarriage before then.

She returned to the abortion business and another abortion practitioner attempted to complete the abortion but stopped and told her her cervix was too narrow and had been injured in the previous abortion attempt.

Another person examined her and said he could not repair the injury because it had become infected.

The woman went to see her family doctor after that, Citizen reported, and he referred her to a local hospital. There, she had a miscarriage and required a hysterectomy because of the infection and the damage the abortion caused.

The woman wrote to the Medical Council, but was apparently told no actions would be taken against the initial abortion practitioner because she had not proved he was negligent.

Leeuw had only seen the woman the day of the abortion procedure, according to his legal counsel, who confirmed he told the woman to go to the hospital when the abortion couldn’t be completed. He denies any negligence in the case.

According to Citizen, Leeuw could only communicate with the woman through a nurse since he did not speak Afrikaans.