Fiji Woman Dies After Botched Abortion, Second Abortion Victim in Six Years

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 7, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Fiji Woman Dies After Botched Abortion, Second Abortion Victim in Six Years

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 7
, 2009

Suva, Fiji (LifeNews.com) — A Fiji woman has died from a botched abortion and she is the second woman in the last six years to become an abortion victim. The woman was a mother of five children and apparently had the abortion for birth control reasons, but it resulted in her death after a severe blood loss.

The Fiji Times indicated local officials took the unnamed 35-year-old woman on Thursday to Labasa Hospital.

Because her condition worsened as they jetted her by boat to the medical center, they detoured and went to Tukavesi hospital instead, but she died shortly after arriving.

Local police are investigating the abortion to determine where she had it and what caused the massive blood loss from the abortion procedure, which relatives told the newspaper was done last Wednesday.

The woman’s abortion death follows another one that saw former Fiji Medical Association president Sachidar Nand Mudaliar found guilty of killing student Poonam Kumar in a botched abortion he did on her in March 2003.
Last year, a judicial panel ordered a new trial for Mudaliar concerning the March 2003 botched abortion.

Mudaliar wants to reopen his medical practice and says he should have the right to do so because his original conviction was quashed in favor of a new trial.

However, in March, the Fiji Solicitor-General, filed an injunction on behalf of the Ministry of Health to stop Mudaliar from resuming practicing medicine. https://www.lifenews.com/int1123.html

Attorneys for Mudaliar say he should have the right to reopen his medical practice because his original conviction was quashed in favor of a new trial. Naidu Law, the law firm representing the embattled physician, said their client had the right to engage in medicine again despite killing a patient.

However, interim Minister for Health, Dr. Neil Sharma, told the Times that Mudaliar was taken off the list of licensed physicians after the botched abortion.

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