An Australian woman who says she almost died after an abortionist misdiagnosed her ectopic pregnancy filed a lawsuit against the abortion facility and doctor at the end of June, The Canberra Times reports.
The 32-year-old woman, who is not named in reports, is accusing the abortionist and the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Civic, Australia of failing to diagnose her ectopic pregnancy before the abortion, leading to a life-threatening condition, according to the report.
According to court documents, the woman had to have emergency surgery a few days after the abortion because her fallopian tube ruptured from the ectopic pregnancy. As a result, the woman said her right fallopian tube was removed, and she is having difficulty becoming pregnant again.
The abortion clinic and the doctor have denied the accusations, according to the report.
The incident occurred in 2013 when the woman went to Marie Stopes to confirm that she was pregnant and have an abortion, according to the report. Here’s more from the news outlet:
She took the first dose of pills. The next day she says she took the second dose of pills. Within hours, the woman says she experienced severe pain and expelled blood clots.
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She called the clinic and was told to monitor the symptoms and take painkillers, the statement of claim filed with the court alleges. She said she called again the next day, and was advised to take painkillers and reassured about the pain.
The day after she experienced a “surge” of severe abdominal pain that grew worse. She went to Canberra Hospital, where she was admitted.
An ultrasound at the hospital allegedly revealed no yolk sac.
And when the woman got out of bed she collapsed and lost consciousness. She underwent emergency surgery, and a ruptured ectopic pregnancy was diagnosed.
Doctors removed her right fallopian tube as she lost a litre of blood.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the unborn child implants somewhere outside the uterus, often in a fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening to the mother and often result in the death of the unborn child.
The Marie Stopes International abortion chain has been accused of injuring and killing women in botched abortions several times. In 2011, a British abortionist lost his medical license after he was accused of nearly killing a woman in a botched abortion at a Marie Stopes abortion facility in West London, LifeNews reported.
In 2010, a woman allegedly died at one of its India facilities after having an abortion when she was 10 weeks pregnant with her unborn child, LifeNews reported. According to the Republica newspaper, her family blamed her death on “shoddy” practices and the abortionist Chitra Bahadur Karki, who police later detained for an investigation.
In 2011, a woman in Australia also died after having an abortion at a Marie Stopes facility in Croydon, Victoria, LifeNews reported. In the case, the 42-year-old woman died days after the botched legal abortion she obtained from Marie Stopes, according to news reports at the time. Her abortion took place at a facility that had already drawn international attention because it employed an abortion practitioner who was accused of purposefully infecting more than 50 women with hepatitis C during 2008 and 2009. Anesthesiologist James Latham Peters was eventually found guilty in the case.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported several women’s deaths connected to botched abortions in America, too. In the latest incident, police are investigating the case of a young woman who died just six days after having an abortion in Michigan this July.
In 2015, a pro-life group in California learned that a woman reportedly died after a botched abortion in San Diego. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died after a botched abortion at an Ohio facility; and 22-year-old Tonya Reaves (pictured) bled to death after a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic allegedly botched her abortion in 2012. And these are just a few tragic cases that pro-lifers have discovered.
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 400 women have died from legal abortions in the United States since 1973.