Woman Files Complaint After Clinic Botches Abortion: “You Still Have a Whole Baby Inside You”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 6, 2015   |   6:11PM   |   Jacksonville, FL

A former abortion patient is speaking out after a Jacksonville, Florida abortion practitioner botched her abortion and left her baby alive inside of her.

The anonymous woman told the First Coast News that she had been conflicted about having an abortion but feared that she could not afford a baby.

She scheduled an appointment with the All Women’s Health Center of Jacksonville in March, not knowing that the abortion clinic has a history of botched abortions and deficient care.

Two weeks after the abortion, the woman realized she was still pregnant, according to the report. She returned to the clinic where they told her, “’Oh, honey, I’m so sorry – you still have a whole baby inside of you.”

“I just went out of my mind a little bit, I was crying, I was scared. Can you imagine grieving for a child you had to terminate to find out you’re still pregnant with the child? It is a blow.”

The abortion clinic gave her the option to have another abortion at no charge, but the woman refused.

“I didn’t want to kill twice,” she told the station.

She gave birth in September to a baby boy. Though born prematurely, her son is in good health, the report states. The woman said she now “thanks God” that her baby is alive.

She also does not want other women to be subjected to the same shoddy care she received at the Jacksonville abortion clinic. According to the news report, the woman filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Health against the clinic and the doctor who performed her abortion, Dr. Laura Reinerston.

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Reinerston has faced discipline before, according to the local news report:

In 2002, state inspectors found registration deficiencies at her Broward County office that posed “an immediate danger to patients.” She was fined $10,000 and ordered to perform 100 community service hours.

In 2012 according to Department of Health documents, she was arrested for a DUI. She was dressed in scrubs when she was pulled over, and told police she was on the way to the hospital to see patients. A breathalyzer test showed her blood alcohol level at .16 — twice the legal limit

The incident cost her nearly $6,000 in fines and other costs, and her licensed was suspended while she attended treatment for alcohol dependency.

Dr. Reinerston’s patient says she decided to speak out because she doesn’t want what happened to her to happen to anyone else. She has also hired an attorney to pursue a complaint against the clinic and the doctor. “We’re not going to stop,” she says. “I want justice for my pain.”

Gary A. Dresden, another abortion doctor associated with the Jacksonville clinic, was sued in 1981 for a very similar incident. According to a newspaper report on the case, a woman sued Dresden and another doctor for performing a botched abortion that failed to kill her baby. The woman’s baby daughter was later born alive, according to the report.