Woman Says Doctor Mistakenly Prescribed Abortion Drug, And It Killed Her Baby

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 9, 2019   |   1:55PM   |   Washington, DC

A California woman filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that her doctor mistakenly prescribed her abortion drugs that killed her unborn baby.

Lorena Anderson, of Atascadero, California, accused her doctor at Bishop’s Peak Women’s Health Center in San Luis Obispo and the Rite Aid Pharmacy of being medically negligent and inflicting emotional distress on her after she miscarried her unborn baby, The Tribune News reports.

Her attorney told reporters she was between five and seven weeks pregnant at the time. By seven weeks, an unborn baby has his/her own unique DNA and a beating heart, and their arms, legs and brain are developing.

KSBY News 6 reports Anderson said she went to Dr. Maria Rasul on March 20, 2018, suspecting that she was pregnant. She said the doctor confirmed her pregnancy with a test and ultrasound. At the end of the visit, she said Rasul prescribed her misoprostol, an abortion drug, but did not tell her the drug’s purpose.

Later, Anderson said she picked up the prescription at a local Rite Aid Pharmacy, and the pharmacy also failed to ask her if she was pregnant or tell her that the drug could kill her unborn baby.

Anderson said she took the drug, not knowing it would end her unborn baby’s life, and later suffered a miscarriage. Her lawsuit claims the parties “carelessly and negligently prescribed” the drug.

According to the lawsuit, Rasul apparently realized her mistake and called the pharmacy to cancel the prescription. However, Anderson said no one informed her, and the pharmacy gave her the prescription anyway.

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Here’s more from the Tribune:

[T]he lawsuit states that later on the same day of Anderson’s visit, Rasul and staff at the Women’s Health Center “were made aware” they had misprescribed the abortion medication and contacted the pharmacy at the Rite Aid to cancel the prescription. But Anderson was not notified of the error, the lawsuit states.

Shortly after her visit to the OB-GYN, Anderson arrived at the Rite Aid to retrieve her prescription of misoprostol, which was allegedly provided to her.

… Anderson’s attorney, Garrett May, said by phone Tuesday that Anderson’s visit to Bishops Peak Women’s Health Center was her first to an OB-GYN after suspecting she was pregnant. The pregnancy was confirmed with an electrocardiogram and an ultrasound during the visit, May said.

“She was very excited to learn she was pregnant, and she was looking forward to being a mother,” May said.

The parties listed in the lawsuit, Dignity Health, which runs the health center, Dr. Maria Rasul and the Rite Aid Corp., did not return requests for comment to local news outlets Tuesday.

Anderson filed the lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.