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I Tried to Abort You. Now I want Compensation.

I read from a FOXNews article that a woman from Boston, Massachusetts is suing a doctor for child-rearing costs after the doctor failed to properly abort the woman’s baby.

While I am not for abortion personally, I find that the actions of this woman really have nothing to do with the pro-life/pro-choice debate. Her actions fall into the “I wanted my child dead, but now that she’s alive, I’d like some money” debate.

Seriously now. What is this woman thinking? She actually wants the doctor who tried to kill her baby to assist and support her child financially?

And what about the daughter when she grows older? Can you imagine living with a woman who not only wanted you dead, but blamed (and sued) the doctor for not actually killing you. It brings a new special meaning to the phrase, “I wish you were never born.”

Comments

  1. I'm interested in seeing how this case turns out.

    If you look at the case as just a surgical procedure, the initial surgery was a failure that resulted in "complications" down the road. (wow, that is a cold way to look at a new life) Does that qualify as malpractice? The lady might have a case, regardless of how cold-blooded her actions may be.

    One other thought: she waited two years to file this suit? Why didn't she file earlier? Is there a statute of limitations on malpractice?

    cetroyer

  2. Interesting. It is a difficult case, and one thing is for sure: regardless of the outcome, many beliefs by either side will be shattered because of the outcome. She says she had financial issues and did not want the baby, and I am assuming that the doctors did not mess up her examination on purpose.

    I am glad you don't look at this as a pro-life/pro-choice debate, by the way. If that article you linked to is accurate, it seems she is also not bringing up the issue but is focusing on the financial situation she has run into because of someone's professional mistake. Regardless of such a claim being true/false, the court will most probably look at it as a business professional [doctor] doing something and making a mistake, contrary to what he claimed will happen, and that mistake resulting in a customer [her] running into big financial costs. Since this is a medical case, I am guessing some additional medical laws will be kept in mind, like freeing the establishments of some responsibilities while giving some extra benefits to patients and would-be-moms. I think the doctors can argue that they did not do it on purpose, though in court such an honesty, if that is the case, usually does not win. They are going to look at how much she makes and if she really was having financial problems before, and if she is currently having financial issues also, and then they will see previous history of those 2 doctors to see if they made mistakes like these in other situations/cases also.

    She can afford a lawyer, though lawyers usually take such cases since they hope that the defendants lose the case and pay for everything so the lawyers can take their cut.

    I hope the daughter does not get affected by this case or its outcome, and that she grows up to be a good person; regardless of the mother or the doctor being guilty/innocent, she is the only one who has not done anything wrong for sure. She is here now, so she deserves the best possible. I wonder how serious the mother's financial situation/dilemma was before. Is she using the financial situation as an excuse to not be responsible, or is she really in a dilemma? Regardless, I hope the daughter has a happy life.

    Lawyers can sometimes easily argue that since it is a child that needs to be raised for a long time, waiting 2 years before filing a case could have been either because of her trying to come up with the money or being depressed or something.

    It would also be interesting to know, even though the article does not mention it, if the pregnancy was something that was not considered while having consensual "intimacy", or if it was because of nonconsensual acts, like forced sex. Of course, she might want to keep that information private because of personal feelings or involvement in this issue.

    Such cases can show that it's not easy to simply say right or wrong because of such modified versions of controversial topics in a single situation.

  3. Wow Bes,

    Your comment could have been a post by itself. Thank you very much.

    I'm not entirely sure how abortions work when it comes to mal-practice suits. Is a patient guaranteed 100% that the abortion will work? That I do not know.

    My concern goes to the woman's daughter, however. I'd like to know the woman's side of the story, but as you pointed out, she might want to keep that information private.

    @cetroyer,

    I agree that the woman might have a case. And the woman might very well win.

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