India Woman Complains of Forced Abortion After Rushed Medical Decision
by Steven Ertelt
December 3, 2008
Lucknow, IndiaC (LifeNews.com) — A woman in India is complaining of a forced abortion after officials at a hospital did an abortion on her after a rushed scene in which she signed medical papers she didn’t fully have a chance to read. The woman and her husband have filed a complaint against the hospital and its staff.
The incident involves Uma Pandey, a resident of Rajendra Nagar, who was admitted to the Veerangana Avanti Bai (Dufferin) Women’s Hospital.
Uma’s husband Jeevan told the Times of India that Uma was in the latter stages of pregnancy when she was admitted to the hospital on Monday morning.
Uma was reportedly feeling ill and, by Tuesday afternoon, the newspaper indicates she was bleeding heavily.
Moments after medical personnel determined she had significant problems, they rushed her to an operating room and had Uma’s husband hastily sign medical papers on the way. Once there, they did an abortion.
"Prior to the operation, I was made to sign a paper. The job was done so hurriedly that I could not even read the papers,” Jeevan explained.
Chief medical superintendent Dr. Meenu Sagar denied the forced abortions claims in an interview with the newspaper, though she acknowledged the abortion took place.
Sagar indicated the abortion was done in the "best interest of the patient" but did not say it was medically necessary.
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