On May 4, 2018, a former New York abortion doctor, who ran an abortion clinic in New York until it was closed after a patient died following a late-term abortion in 2016, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors during a month-long trial after the jury reported that it was deadlocked.
The abortion doctor had faced up to 15 years in prison if he had been convicted on the second degree manslaughter charge. Instead, his agreement to plead guilty to the lesser charge of criminally negligent homcide means he faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on June 26, 2018.
The 53-year-old former doctor performed an abortion on the 36-year-old woman when she was six months pregnant. The woman had found out that she was pregnant only one week before the abortion. The woman reportedly paid $6,000 to the abortion doctor for the procedure that was performed at his New York clinic.
The woman experienced post-procedure bleeding that required a further procedure. The woman then passed out in a bathroom at the clinic but the doctor nonetheless released her for her sister to drive her home despite the woman’s grave medical condition. On the drive home, the woman became unconscious and her sister called 911. The woman was declared dead upoon arrival at the hospital, having bled to death.
As part of his plea agreement, the abortion doctor admitted that he was negligent in treating the woman who had uncontrolled bleeding due to a damaged uterine artery and injury to her cervix and uterine wall. The woman reportedly had pre-existig conditions that made her prone to more intense bleeding.
Abortions In The United States
A March 2018 report by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled “The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States” stated: “The abortion rate among U.S. women has been steadily declining, reaching a historic low of 14.6 per 1,000 or a total of 926,190 in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the increasing use of contraceptives, especially long-acting methods such as intrauterine devices and implants; historic declines in the rate of unintended pregnancy; and increasing numbers of state regulations that limit the availability of otherwise legal abortion services.
Women who have abortions are disproportionately low-income: Almost half have family incomes below the federal poverty level.
Four types of abortions are used; the vast majority of abortions are by either medication or aspiration methods. Most abortions are performed early in pregnancy—50 percent by 7 weeks’ gestation and 90 percent by 12 weeks’ gestation—and length of gestation is the primary factor in deciding what abortion procedure is the most appropriate. Medication abortions are used up to 10 weeks’ gestation; aspiration procedures may be used up to 14 to 16 weeks’ gestation. When these are no longer feasible, dilation and evacuation (D&E) and induction methods are used.
Few women are medically ineligible for abortion.
Legal abortions in the United States—whether by medication, aspiration, D&E, or induction—are safe and effective.”
If you have been injured during an abortion in the United States, you should promptly find a medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate your possible medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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