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Botched abortion blamed for death in Pennsylvania

A woman in Pennsylvania recently died due to a botched abortion and her family is now suing the city of Philadelphia for its failure to monitor the practice of the individual and facility that conducted the abortion. The alleged negligence and medical malpractice of the practitioner is almost beyond comprehension.

Among other things the practitioner and his facility are now charged with include murder, obstructing justice and the practice of medicine without a license. It is claimed that now at least two women died under his care and many others were seriously injured.

In the particular circumstance concerning the death of the woman, anesthesia was administered by an unlicensed assistant. As a result of an overdose of anesthesia, the woman became unresponsive and was without a pulse. It is also alleged that the clinic did not have the equipment needed to resuscitate the victim. Massive amounts of drugs found in the woman's system indicated that the facility was probably prescribing to her illegally prescribed medications.

It is alleged that the city of Philadelphia had received a large number of complaints concerning unsanitary conditions at the facility before this woman's death occurred. Reports of such conditions had come in as early as 2005 and continued coming in right up until the time of the woman's death.

As long as someone practices medicine, we will likely have medical malpractice claims. However, when others in positions of authority are aware of the practices of these medical providers and do nothing about it, the chances of more incidents like this will increase. Perhaps this lawsuit will force the city of Philadelphia to monitor the practices of medical providers much closer in the future.

Source:, "Family of Woman Killed by Gosnell Failed Abortion Sues City," by Steven Ertelt, Nov. 25, 2011

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