Clinic Botching Abortion Leaving Baby’s Head Inside Mom: We Did Nothing Wrong

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 3, 2013   |   1:38PM   |   Charleston, WV

An abortion clinic that botched an abortion so badly it left the head of the unborn baby inside the mother says it did nothing wrong and violated no state laws.

A woman who was victimized by a botched abortion is filing suit against the abortion practitioner who left her unborn baby’s head inside of her after the failed abortion.

Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia are representing a West Virginia woman in a lawsuit against the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia abortion facility and abortion practitioner Rodney Lee Stephens of Charleston. In the lawsuit, Itai Gravely claims Stephens forced her to proceed with an abortion against her will and then left her baby’s head in her womb.

Weeks ago, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued letters to two abortion facilities in the state–including the one  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have sued. The letters request information as part of an effort “to begin assessing abortion regulation in the state.”

Morrisey announced that his Office sent letters to two clinics that provide elective abortions in West Virginia to begin assessing abortion regulations in the State.

Today, Morrisey said the abortion clinic in question responded and indicated it did nothing wrong. He issued the following statement through his office.

“On June 17, the Office of the Attorney General sent a letter to two abortion clinics in West Virginia as part of an effort to gather information to assess the adequacy of oversight of abortion clinics. We received comments from both of the clinics — Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and Kanawha Surgicenter — on July 2.

“The one-page letter from Women’s Health Center of West Virginia declined to answer a number of questions citing pending litigation, but the author did say the clinic follows all laws and regulations currently on the books. We will continue our efforts to review the state of abortion regulation in West Virginia and seek to ensure that women’s health is protected.”
Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, emailed LifeNews in response:
“We are grateful that the Attorney General continues to be concerned about the safety of women. It is clearly more important than the abortionists’ bottom line profits. No matter the outcome of Itai Gravely’s medical negligence lawsuit, the Attorney General is right to make sure that what Dr. Stephens and Women’s Health Center of West Virginia did to Itai is not swept under the rug.CLICK LIKE IF YOU’RE PRO-LIFE!


“It is shocking to see that – despite the serious allegations against them – Women’s Health Center of West Virginia believes that what they did to Itai could possibly be called, ‘quality medical care services!’

“Whatever ‘regulations’ Women’s Health Center of West Virginia thinks are ‘currently on the books’ – and we believe there are none – Dr. Stephens and Women’s Health Center of West Virginia exposed Itai to extraordinary pain and suffering and placed her life in danger.

“We continue to urge the governor to end his silence on this issue and join with the Attorney General in leading this state’s implementation of sensible abortion regulations.”