British Court Told Marie Stopes International Abortion Staffer Molested Patients

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Court Told Marie Stopes International Abortion Staffer Molested Patients

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 30
, 2009

Manchester, England ( — A British court on Monday heard evidence showing that Marie Stopes International abortion practitioner Narendra Sharma abused and molested patients during abortions. Sharma, an anesthesiologist, allegedly rubbed his sexual areas against the hands of patients during the abortion.

Sharma is said to have done that to three women getting abortions who were between the ages of 18 and 22 as they lay sedated.

According to a London metro news report, a nurse told the jury that she noticed Sharma’s pants were undone and that he had his penis exposed and was rubbing it against the woman’s hand.

"He would take the hand and hold it below the level of the bed. It was the client’s left hand. I saw slow up and down movements," one nurse said according to the paper.

She said she told another staff member to watch Sharma after the incident, which occurred at an MSI abortion center. Eleven days later, Sharma was spotted engaging in the same action with another patient.

During the hearing, the paper indicated, the women said Sharma had asked them personal questions while administering the anesthesia such as their favorite alcoholic beverage. They were eventually told by MSI staff that Sharma had engaged in the lewd behaviors with them during the abortion.

Sharma, of Bowdon, Greater Manchester, has denied the allegations.

The trial comes on the heels of Marie Stopes International coming under criticism from a coroner who said its policies resulted in the death of a 15-year-old girl died from a fatal legal abortion two years ago.

Aleesha Thomas left the MSI clinic in Leeds, England in July 2007 after having an abortion and she died five days later.
The teenager died from a heart attack due to the infection toxic shock syndrome and the coroner who did her autopsy says a simple antibiotic would have saved her.

However, MSI officials let Thomas leave the abortion center without making sure she had the drug.

The coroner, Roger Whittaker, told the BBC last week that he thinks MSI needs to review its policies to make sure another woman doesn’t die from an abortion because it fails to provide proper post-abortion care.

The BBC indicated a medical inquest heard testimony saying that MSI allowed Thomas to leave its facility without making sure she had the proper drugs. The abortion practitioner had written a prescription for the medicine but MSI staff never gave the prescription to the girl.

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