The Elliot Institute News
From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 7, No. 8 -- June 6, 2008
UnChoice Campaign: TheUnChoice.com
IN THIS ISSUE:
Abortion Businesses Sued Over Botched Abortions
Two abortion businesses are facing lawsuits over botched abortions that allegedly left the women infertile, one a 13-year-old girl who had been raped.
In that case, Emma Jean Butler filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood Metropolitan, of Washington D.C., for performing a botched abortion on her 13-year-old daughter in Sept. 2006. According to the lawsuit, the girl became pregnant as a result of a rape and was taken by her mother to Planned Parenthood for the abortion.
The lawsuit claims that the day after the abortion, the teen was admitted to the emergency room with severe injuries and an incomplete abortion. Butler says her daughter was left infertile as a result and that Planned Parenthood was negligent in botching the abortion and failing to notice her daughter's injuries afterwards.
The abortion business has asked the judge to dismiss the case and is also asking to be awarded attorney fees.
In the second case, Hope Clinic in Granite City, IL, is facing a lawsuit from 20-year-old Antoinette Blanton. Blanton says Hope Clinic abortionist Allan S. Palmer performed an incomplete abortion on her in March 2006, leaving her infertile.
Another lawsuit was filed against Hope Clinic in April for performing an abortion on a woman without her consent. Brandy Hildreth says she did not consent to be treated by the doctor who performed her abortion and suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of the abortion.
The new lawsuits come after a Planned Parenthood in Lincoln, NE recently settled a lawsuit filed by a woman who had to have an emergency hysterectomy after undergoing an abortion that perforated her uterus. According to the lawsuit, the woman experienced severe pain during the abortion and asked the staff to stop, but was instead held down by three employees while the abortion was completed. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.
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Arizona to Allow Nurse Practitioners to Perform Abortions
Move Puts Women at Higher Risk
The Arizona State Board of Nursing has changed its policy to allow nurse practitioners to perform first-trimester abortions.
According to Family News in Focus, the move makes Arizona the first state to "issue an official statement that this is an appropriate procedure for nurse practitioners to perform." Critics of the move say that nurse practitioners are not trained to perform abortions and that this would put women at greater risk of suffering physical complications after abortion. The board also declined to discipline a nurse practitioner whom Planned Parenthood said had been performing unsupervised abortions in the state prior to the policy change.
Pro-Choice Singer Courtney Love Resisted Coerced Abortion, Book Says
According to a new book, pro-choice singer Courtney Love — girlfriend of the late singer Kurt Cobain — refused to abort despite pressure and coercion from those around her.
Danny Goldberg, Cobain's former manager, writes in his book Bumping Into Geniuses that those closest to Love pressured her to abort her child because she had been using heroin. Instead, Love responded that no one had the right to tell her to abort and insisted on getting accurate information from a doctor about the possible effects of the drugs on her unborn child. She later gave birth to a healthy daughter who is now 15.
There have been other reports of celebrities being pressured or coerced to abort. Actress Hunter Tylo won a lawsuit against the producers of the TV show Melrose Place after being fired when she became pregnant. According to the lawsuit, one of the show's producers said, "Why doesn't she just go out and get an abortion? Then she can work."
For more information and reports on cases of coerced and forced abortion, see the special report Forced Abortion in America at www.theunchoice.com/pdf\ForcedAbortions.pdf.
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