Planned Parenthood Sued for $50 Million for Injuring Teen in Failed Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Sued for $50 Million for Injuring Teen in Failed Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 28
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A Planned Parenthood in the District of Columbia is the subject of a new lawsuit from the mother of a teenager injured in a botched abortion. The abortion involved a teenager who was a victim of rape and the abortion left her with significant medical problems.

Emma Jean Butler took her daughter Shantese Butler to Planned Parenthood Metropolitan on September 7, 2006 for an abortion after Shantese was a victim of sexual assault.

According to the lawsuit, Shantese Butler sustained significant physical damage as a result of the abortion.

The abortion resulted in severe abdominal bleeding, severe vaginal injury, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear. As a result of the injuries, Butler will be unable to have biological children the rest of her life.

Additionally, parts of the unborn child were left inside Butler after a post-abortion examination conducted the next day.

Kristan Hawkins, the director of Students for Life of America, notified of the lawsuit, filed on February 12, 2008, that seeks $50 million in damages.

Hawkins says Planned Parenthood has denied the injuries and Butler’s infertility as a result of the botched abortion. Lawyers for the abortion business state in their response to the lawsuit that Butler’s claims are barred by the doctrines of informed consent and assumption of risk.

"It is outrageous that Planned Parenthood thinks they are excused from being held liable because Shantese was informed of possible risks associated with abortion," Hawkins told "In no other medical profession would this be acceptable."

"How ironic is it that the pro-abortion movement claims they want abortions to be ‘safe, legal, and rare,’ when, in this poster case for abortion, Shantese was permanently injured," Hawkins added.

She said it is a shame that Planned Parenthood won’t acknowledge its culpability in a failed abortion "resulting in infertility for the rest of her life, making abortion harmful and almost deadly to the young girl."

"This is a horrible situation. Our thoughts go out to Shantese and her family as she recovers from her injuries both from the rape and abortion," she said.

Related web sites:
Students for Life of America –
Lawsuit Filed Against Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood response