Settlement in Botched Abortion Case Shows Horrid Condition of Abortion Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Settlement in Botched Abortion Case Shows Horrid Condition of Abortion Centers

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 15
, 2009

Englewood, NJ ( — The $1.9 million payout in a New Jersey botched abortion case is prompting one pro-life leader to point out how the conditions at abortion centers are horrid. The case shows how abortions hurt women, even after legalization, and how abortion centers don’t necessarily place women’s welfare as a priority.

The Metropolitan Medical Associates abortion business, based in Englewood, New Jersey, did an abortion in January 2007 on Newark resident Rasheedah Dinkins that went horribly wrong.

Dinkins, who is now 22, became severely ill following the abortion and was transferred to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where she needed blood transfusions and had her uterus removed. She also suffered a stroke due to the serious blood loss and had one of her lungs collapse.

MMA has settled the $1.9 million lawsuit after Dinkins said her mother and hospital officials told her she died en route to the medical facility. She eventually spent a month in a coma before recovering.

Operation Rescue president Troy Newman says the settlement raises questions about the quality and safety of abortion facilities that will be eligible for tax-funding should health care reform now under consideration in the Senate include abortion coverage.

"We also have to wonder if taxpayers will be footing the bill for enormous malpractice settlements for botched abortions done on the public option plan," Newman told on Monday. "This case should be a wake up to Congress."

Newman noted that Metropolitan Medical Associates is affiliated with the National Abortion Federation, a national network of abortion businesses. NAF was also named in the Dinkins suit.

"Businesses don’t pay out an amount like $1.9 million unless it fears that a jury would award a whole lot more. It shows how negligent and shoddy this abortion mill is," Newman said.

After Dinkins’ suit became public, two other women came forward to tell of botched abortions at Metropolitan Medical Associates that nearly killed them, he told

Newman also noted that Metropolitan Medical then failed an inspection and was closed by the state for nearly a month while they cleaned up filthy conditions including dirty forceps, rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs, and a quarter-inch of dark red "dirt and debris" under an examining table.

After it failed a second inspection Operation Rescue undercover investigators caught the clinic scheduling appointments, even though it did not have permission to re-open at that time.

"We’ve seen what NAF affiliation means. We bought and closed an NAF-affiliated abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, in 2006, and discovered dangerous, filthy conditions including roach and mold infestations, out of code plumbing and electrical, and dirty, blood-stained carpets, to name a few," he said.

"Considering the appalling conditions at NAF abortion mills, it is disturbing to know that they are pulling out the stops to lobby for abortion funding in the health care bill. It would be monumentally irresponsible to give one cent of our tax money to these filthy abortion chop shops," he said.

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