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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Botched Abortion Lawsuit

The BBC reports a mother is suing Britain's National Health Service (NHS) for botching her abortion. Was the woman physically injured? No. Did she have unexpected medical complications? Nothing that was unusual for a pregnancy. She is asking for 250,000 pounds because the state-sponsored medical professionals failed to terminate both of her children. Stacy Dow was expecting twins, and the abortionist only managed to kill one of them. Her daughter Jayde, now four years old, survived.

Now the poor woman has to face the trauma of being a mother. Her lawsuit claims, "As a result of the failed termination the pursuer suffered loss, injury and damage. She suffered distress and anxiety upon the discovery of her continuing pregnancy.

"She required to undergo an elective C-section. She suffered pain and discomfort in consequence of surgery.

"She has the financial burden of care, upbringing and aliment of Jayde. She suffers an impediment in her ability to obtain employment in consequence of her care for the child."

The horror of it all must be too much for Ms. Dow to bear. 250,000 pounds will be little compensation for having the monumental burden of raising a child. The fact that millions of people around the world are in the same predicament should be little comfort to her. The article does not say if Ms. Dow considered adoption.

The mother worries she might have some explaining to do. She says, "I still don't know if, or what, I am going to tell Jayde when the time comes. Maybe when she is nine or 10 I will sit her down and explain it to her."

What is she going to say? "Jayde, 10 years ago I tried to have you and your twin sister killed, but at least I got some money from the government."

Pray for Stacy and Jayde dow.

2 Comments:

  • She's filing a "wrongful LIFE" suit?

    Stunning. I suppose that would make sense in a "culture of death"...

    My heart breaks for this young woman. She was only 16...she found herself alone and in a really bad spot, and made what society told her was a responsible, if unfortunate, choice...and now she has to live with the fact that because of her choice the little girl that she loves almost died, and there was another child that she will never know, but that she would have loved just as much. Can you imagine? Every happy moment with her child will be marred by that. No wonder she's anxious/distressed/pissed off. On some level she must know that she was lied to, and now she's so hurt and confused that she's willing to let everyone (including the father) off the hook and go after the hospital?

    -Christina

    By Blogger Joe C, at Friday, March 03, 2006 5:25:00 PM  

  • Christina,

    You are right of course. Even as I was writing this piece, I was concerned about being to harsh on Ms. Dow. One has to admit, after reading the BBC article, one does not have the impression that Ms. Dow has any remorse. But, she is a mother with a little girl whom she (presumably) loves. Her abortion must cause her grief.

    My parish is starting a Project Rachel for women who have had abortions. It is important to reach out to them and show them Christ's love.

    Thanks for reminding me of that.

    God bless.

    By Blogger Tom, at Saturday, March 04, 2006 9:11:00 AM  

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