British Woman Upset by Abortion Offer After Hospital’s Miscarriage Diagnosis

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Woman Upset by Abortion Offer After Hospital’s Wrong Miscarriage Diagnosis

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 12,

London, England ( — A British woman is upset after a hospital offered her drugs to cause an abortion after she learned it wrongly informed her that the baby would eventually die in a miscarriage. The woman says officials compounded her grief about the supposed death of her unborn child with its offer to kill her baby, who is due in June.

Catherine Kent and her partner Kevin Gray were both devastated when officials at Sunderland Royal Hospital told the couple their baby would die.

Sunderland staff offered Kent an abortion drug to make the length of the miscarriage shorten but she chose to let the baby die naturally and refused the pills.

Further tests a month later confirmed the diagnosis was erroneous and Kent was still pregnant with a healthy child.

"What if I had taken the tablets they offered me?" Kent told the London Daily Mail newspaper.

"They could have left my baby severely disabled, or it could have died," she said. "They could’ve aborted my baby while it was alive."

"How can the hospital make a mistake like that? How many other people have taken the tablets or had an abortion when their baby was alive all the time?" the newspaper reported her saying.

Kent told the Daily Mail her baby is due in June but she says she’s worried the trauma she faced may cause problems and she and her partner have been unable to make preparations for the little girl’s arrival.

"I still haven’t bought anything for the baby. I can’t rest until she’s here and I know she’s 100 percent fine," she said.

The couple sent Sunderland officials a complaint last month but have yet to hear back.

"We are looking into the complaint and will be responding to her concerns as soon as our investigation is completed," a spokesman told the paper.