Boston Woman Sues Planned Parenthood After Failed Abortion of Twins

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 7, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 7
, 2007

Boston, MA ( — A Massachusetts woman who went to Planned Parenthood hoping for a successful abortion of her unborn child has filed a lawsuit against the abortion business for botching the procedure. Jennifer Raper, who is 45, wants it to pay for the cost of raising her daughter.

In the three-page lawsuit, Raper says she learned she was pregnant in March 2004 and decided to have an abortion because she couldn’t afford to have children.

According to a Boston Globe report, Allison Bryant did the abortion on Raper at a Planned Parenthood facility but the complaint said it "was not done properly, causing the plaintiff to remain pregnant."

After the abortion, Raper saw Dr. Benjamin Eleonu at Boston Medical Center in July 2004 and he determined she was no longer pregnant.

However, by September 2004, Raper began experiencing pelvic pain and went to the New England Medical Center emergency room. There, medical officials determined the abortion was unsuccessful.

The woman eventually gave birth to her daughter on December 7.

The Boston Globe asked both Raper and her attorney, Barry Reed, Jr., to comment on the case and both declined. A Planned Parenthood representative told the newspaper the abortion business doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Raper filed her lawsuit last week in Suffolk Superior Court and she must be screened by a special panel before the suit can proceed.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in 1990 ruled that parents can sue doctors in wrongful birth cases but that the financial damages awarded in such cases must be limited to extraordinary medical experiences associated with physical or mental disabilities.