Canada Woman Sues Over Botched Abortion, Nearly Killed Herself Twice Later

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 11, 2006

Calgary, Canada ( — A Canadian woman who suffered from a botched abortion and nearly committed suicide twice afterwards because of the emotional pain she experienced has filed a lawsuit. She also said the stress of the situation resulted in the breaking off of her relationship with her fiance.

The woman, a 28 year-old student, found out she was pregnant in June 2004 and was referred to the Kensington Clinic abortion facility.

According to the lawsuit, a degenerative hip disease made it so she could not carry the pregnancy to term, according to a Calgary Herald news report.

Ted Busheikin did an abortion on her on July 21, 2004 at the abortion facility and the lawsuit says the woman continued to experience sever pain in her hips. The woman saw her doctor, Dr. John Barrow, to obtain pain medication, which she took for the next three and a half months without feeling any improvement.

The lawsuit says the woman underwent tissue and blood tests at Kensington Clinic following the abortion and officials at the abortion center assured her the abortion was successful.

“Three days following the procedure (she) received confirmation from the Kensington Clinic that the pregnancy was terminated,” the lawsuit said.

She went back to the abortion business for an ultrasound in October 2004, the Herald reported, which confirmed she was still pregnant. She was told at the time that the tissue test had confirmed she was still pregnant, but she wasn’t told about the results.

The Kensington Clinic abortion center officials told her that she was now 21 weeks pregnant and too far along to have an abortion there. They referred her to a late-term abortion facility in Quebec and said she could go to the United States as well.

The woman’s doctor wrote a letter to Foothills hospital and another abortion was arranged at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

The Herald reports the woman is seeking $250,000 and has filed suit against Busheikin, the abortion center, the Calgary Health Region, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the province of Alberta.