Although rare, occasionally abortions have dangerous side effects.
In 2013, a Nebraska woman suffered severe complications following a late-term abortion at 25 weeks performed in Colorado. The couple sought an abortion after their pre-born baby was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. Nebraska law prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.
The abortion itself was agonizing. She vomited and had to have the timeline of the abortion moved up, so she was only 1-2 centimeters dilated. The lawsuit alleges the pain caused her to pass out. But the real nightmare began months later.
Weeks after the abortion, the woman began to experience heavy bleeding. After several trips to her doctor, changing birth control, and finding no relief, an ultrasound revealed the cause of the bleeding: a four-centimeter piece of the baby’s skull was piercing the uterine wall.
The couple has sued Dr. Warren Hern and the Boulder Abortion Clinic. The jury trial began Monday in a federal court in Denver.
The couple is seeking money damages for medical care, physical pain and mental suffering, as well as permanent injury, including the loss of her ability to conceive children.
Their attorney, Terry Dougherty of Lincoln, alleges Hern had failed to warn her of the increased risks and negligently misrepresented that the fetus had been entirely removed.
Furthermore, the attorney argues, “Hern breached his standard of care by not warning her of an increased risk that fragments of bone could be left behind if he proceeded even though she failed to dilate more than 1 or 2 centimeters. He says it was medical malpractice.”
The risks of late-term abortions are real, and women deserve better. A growing number of families are experiencing the value of carrying pregnancies to term even in the face of a life-limiting diagnosis.
When faced with a life-limiting diagnosis and given no options, 80% will choose to terminate; but when told about the services of perinatal hospice care, 80% carry their pregnancy to term. Perinatal hospice provides a safer option for women after their unborn baby is diagnosed with a terminal illness.