Flint, Mich., Nov 19, 2009 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- A lawsuit has been filed against Michigan abortionist Abraham Alberto Hodari, alleging that he forced  an abortion on an 18-year old woman.

Judy Climer, President of Flint Right for Life explained to CNA that she recently noticed a “for sale” sign at Hodari’s clinic in Flint, Michigan. Suspicious as to why the abortion clinic was for sale, Climer went to the Court House for further research and there found the 18-year old’s complaint.

Climer passed the complaint on to pro-life organization Operation Rescue who has since posted it online.

The woman, Caitlin Bruce, filed a lawsuit against Hodari over the incident that took place in April 2008, claiming that Hodari and his assistant performed an abortion on her against her will. Bruce allegedly sought an abortion at Hodari’s clinic but changed her mind before the procedure began.

When she notified Hodari that she no longer wanted the abortion, Bruce claims that Hodari and his assistant forcibly restrained her, covered her mouth to muffle her and continued with the procedure.

The suit, filed on June 17, 2009,  includes six counts against Hodari: lack of informed consent/medical malpractice, battery, fraud, misrepresentation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and ethnic/gender intimidation.

Since Michigan has a statute that forbids intimidation based on gender or ethnicity, reports Operation Rescue, the fact that Bruce is African American has added to the charges. Statistics have shown that the abortion industry disproportionately targets African American women.

The lawsuit is not a novel occurrence, as Hodari has been sued 23 times in the past 20 years.

“This man should be in jail,” said Operation Rescue President, Troy Newman. Commenting on the recent closing of Hodari’s Flint Clinic, Newman continued to say, “To avoid having to pay for his crimes, it looks like Hodari is trying to liquidate his assets, take the money and run.”

Judy Climer told CNA that although a date for the Caitlin Bruce hearing has not been set, she has informed Bruce’s attorney that “if he needs an audience for the hearing, I will provide one.”

Parents of disabled child seek damages

On November 9, 2009, in Blog, by Admin

Cross posted from stuff.co.nz:

A couple are fighting for compensation after having a disabled child who they would have aborted had they known of her condition.

Similar “wrongful birth” cases have resulted in millions of dollars in compensation being awarded overseas.

Twenty-eight-year-old Linda (not her real name) and her husband are appealing an ACC decision not to provide cover after doctors missed signs of spina bifida in their daughter during a 20-week scan.

They say that continuing with the pregnancy was a personal injury, and treatment for that (an abortion) was denied to them.

A district court found Linda’s continued pregnancy was not an injury, but the couple have appealed to the High Court and the landmark case will be heard next year.

The Auckland couple say that if they are unsuccessful they will pursue a civil case against the doctors for negligence.

The family’s lawyer, Philip Schmidt, said a civil suit would be a legal first for New Zealand.

In the United States, a growing number of obstetricians are being sued by patients who say they would have had abortions if prenatal tests had detected foetal abnormalities.

Some states have disallowed the cases on moral grounds, while others, such as Florida, have awarded millions of dollars in compensation to claimants.

In Britain, a mother is claiming NZ$3.5 million in compensation after a hospital failed to pick up her son’s “severe, profound and multiple disabilities”.

Linda said she was not ashamed of saying she would have aborted her daughter.

“In no way are we saying we don’t want her now,” she said.

“It would have been a very difficult decision – not something taken lightly – but with the information we would have had at the time, had they given it to us, that’s the decision we would have made.”

She said they were first-time parents and would not have wished a painful life on their daughter.

“We didn’t have time to prepare before she was born, and we didn’t have a choice with whether she was born or not.”

Linda said she wanted to be able to tell her daughter that she did everything she could to guarantee a stable life for her.

Depending on her development, she would tell her about the court case, and hoped she would understand.

When Linda’s daughter was born early in 2007, the neural tube connecting her spine and brain was not properly formed. She needed three operations within her first few weeks of life.

She is not yet walking and will need a catheter and possibly a wheelchair later in life.

An internal shunt removes excess spinal fluid, preventing pressure on her brain.

Linda said the extra costs and stress of having a disabled child ranged from finding suitable shoes to fit over her leg splints to buying a hand-drive car when she got older.

Linda receives 28 carer days a year, but cannot return to work, as she had planned before the birth.

Schmidt said the simple solution was to have Linda’s situation covered by the ACC.

If not, the costs should fall on the health professionals involved.

“An apology does not help with the practical problems parents in this situation face.

“Compensation, however, is of great practical assistance,” he said.

Linda said she was aware of the wide-ranging implications of her case.

“There are probably lots of people out there who haven’t been able to or thought about doing it [applying for compensation],” she said.

“Even if it doesn’t go through, it’s important for people to know that this has happened.”

“In no way are we saying we don’t want her now,” she said.

“It would have been a very difficult decision – not something taken lightly – but with the information we would have had at the time, had they given it to us, that’s the decision we would have made.”

She said they were first-time parents and would not have wished a painful life on their daughter.

“We didn’t have time to prepare before she was born, and we didn’t have a choice with whether she was born or not.”

Linda said she wanted to be able to tell her daughter that she did everything she could to guarantee a stable life for her.

Depending on her development, she would tell her about the court case, and hoped she would understand.

Oh, and what kind of lawyer chooses to accept a case like this?

 

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New study showing mental health risks of abortion is just one of several new papers showing that NZ women are not receiving the full facts about abortion

A new study conducted by Professor David Fergusson, John Horwood and Dr Joseph Boden from Otago University, which has shown that abortion carries a risk of subsequent mental health problems for many women, is just one of several new studies highlighting the fact that women are not receiving all of the facts when they seek out an abortion in New Zealand.

In September this year a different study was published in Canada which showed that women who had an abortion in the first or second trimester had a 36% increased risk of later having a premature baby, and women who had undergone more than one abortion had a 93% risk of later having a premature baby.

The tragic truth is that New Zealand women are not informed about these, and other serious risk factors, when they seek out an abortion in this country.

“Counseling provided to women seeking out abortions is so woefully inadequate that it is practically non-existent”.

“In the vast majority of cases, abortion ‘counseling’ in New Zealand merely consists of ticking a series of boxes, and women are very rarely, if ever, informed of the scientifically established risks that they will be exposing themselves to, and the support that is available to them to pursue alternatives to abortion.”

“One of the consistent themes our post-abortion counseling team hear time and time again from their clients is that they were never informed of all the risks and alternatives available to them prior to opting for an abortion.”

“Tragically, these same women also state that they probably would have chosen not to abort their babies had they received proper counseling about the risk factors, and the other options that were open to them.”

“Pro-abortion lobbyists in New Zealand like to throw the word ‘choice’ around, but how can we honestly claim that women choosing abortion are making a free and informed decision when they haven’t been properly advised about the risks of having an abortion, and the alternatives available to them.”


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