LONDON — A 24-year-old woman in Mallorca, Spain sought an abortion at a health services clinic when she was seven weeks’ pregnant. Two weeks later, she returned to the clinic and was told that the abortion had worked. Six months later — she feared that she might be pregnant for a second time, she discovered that, in fact, she’d been pregnant all along. The first abortion had failed.
In Spain – as it is in several American states – it is illegal to have an abortion after 22 weeks, the young woman went ahead and gave birth to a healthy baby boy rather than face criminal charges. This woman went on to successfully sue the gynecologist in question for damages, and in a potentially precedent-setting case. The doctor must now pay her $1,500 a month until the child’s 26th birthday, plus an additional $189,000 for moral damages. She and the child now live with her parents, who had previously not known of her pregnancy.
According to the judge who presided over the case, the doctor’s mistake caused “irreversible” disruption and emotional damage to the woman, who expressed feelings of sadness and guilt. (The doctor is going to appeal the decision.)
For full article see: Botched abortion raises new ethical quandaries – She The People – The Washington Post.