If a physician performs an incomplete or faulty job on a surgery (even a minor one), then he/she would be responsible and likely sued in our largely litigious society. You can imagine the ramifications that might result after a partial hysterectomy or vasectomy. What about an incomplete abortion?
One doctor in Spain is facing the consequences and has been ordered to pay child support for the boy who was born as a result of a botched abortion.
The doctor allegedly performed an abortion on a 24-year-old woman who was 7 weeks pregnant at the time. She was even given a clean bill of health two weeks later on a follow-up ultrasound and told that the abortion went well and her uterus was clear:
“The scan lasted three minutes and I was out again. It was: ‘You are fine, off you go and carry on with your life as normal.’”
The NY Daily News reports that “Judge Francisco Perez ordered the gynecologist to pay $1,300 a month until the child’s 26th birthday — plus another $189,000 for moral damages suffered by the young mother.”
The mother understandably says she feels a tremendous amount of guilt, and wants her son to know that he is wanted now:
“When I have to explain all this to him, I’ll try to make sure that he feels okay about it. It was back then that he was not wanted, not now.”
The boy is now 18 months old.
Do you think the doctor should have to pay child support for 26 years?
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