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Woman Gets Apology From Hospital That Did Abortion Without Consent (U.K.)
Life News ^ | 10/23/07 | Steve Ertelt

Posted on 10/23/2007 4:22:29 PM PDT by wagglebee

Harlow, England ( -- A British woman who was awarded $55,000 this summer after a British hospital did an abortion on her and killed her unborn child without her consent has received an official apology. Teresa Cooper went to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow when she worried that antibiotics she took to combat an E.coli infection could have hurt her baby.

According to the lawsuit she filed against the hospital, Cooper said doctors there failed to give her information on the health of her baby before doing the abortion.

Cooper, a 40 year-old mother of three, signed an informed consent form for the abortion but two days later watched a pro-life video that changed her mind about going through with it.

When she finally arrived at the hospital for the scheduled abortion, Cooper said she only wanted to have it if doctors determined the drugs she took for the infection had damaged her baby.

Instead, she was taken immediately into surgery and the abortion was done, killing the baby.

Cooper has now received an official apology from the hospital.

"The failure to properly counsel you about your pregnancy, confirm consent and see you preoperatively despite your concern led to unnecessary distress, pain and suffering," the letter sent to her says, according to a Harlow Herald report.

"It is accepted the care you received fell below the standard you were entitled to expect and we are truly sorry this occurred," it added.

David Kerry, the woman's attorney, spoke with the newspaper about the apology and what happened.

"It was as if she was on a conveyor belt, which was impossible to stop," he said.

"It was obvious that she was in great distress, but she didn't see a doctor in spite of her requests to do so. She was not respected as an individual, with the tragic result that she lost her baby totally unnecessarily," he added.

Princess Alexandra hospital admitted after the suit was filed that it erred and did the abortion without giving Cooper an adequate chance of considering all her options and without all the information she requested. It settled with Cooper out of court and awarded her the monetary damages.

Cooper talked about the experience with the London Daily Mail newspaper and said the situation had "opened all the wounds of my childhood."

She said her father was an alcoholic and her mother suffered from mental health issues and that she was sexually abused in the British childcare system.

"When you've gone through the care system and the only thing you've ever been good at is having your children and someone takes that away from you, that is really bad for someone like me," Cooper told the Daily Mail.

The hospital is training its staff to make sure Cooper's situation isn't repeated.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: abortion; prolife
I wonder how often this happens where the hospital just pays hush money immediately.
1 posted on 10/23/2007 4:22:31 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: cgk; Coleus;; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping

2 posted on 10/23/2007 4:26:09 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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Dead baby? SRI... mistakes were made. Go away now.

3 posted on 10/23/2007 4:28:20 PM PDT by steveo (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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"The failure to properly counsel you about your pregnancy, confirm consent and see you preoperatively despite your concern led to unnecessary distress, pain and suffering,...

...And that dead kid, of course...

Abortion is cheaper than childbirth. As long as you let the state call the shots on health-care, and the state is paying the bill, you know which one they are going to pick.

4 posted on 10/23/2007 4:32:18 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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SRI... mistakes were made.

I mean, really, we could argue until the cows come home over who aborted who's baby. Things were said, things were done. The past is the past.

5 posted on 10/23/2007 4:53:56 PM PDT by End Times Sentinel (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: wagglebee

How’s that for Hillary-care?

6 posted on 10/23/2007 4:56:48 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("There is no distinctly Native American criminal Congress - Mark Twain")
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To: gridlock

Scary thing to imagine a state run health care system with an added power of using DNA and genetic information to screen out undesirables. Children that should they be born do nothing but cost the system. Something I wouldn’t put past a, God forbid, President Hillary.

7 posted on 10/23/2007 5:08:51 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies


8 posted on 10/24/2007 4:28:22 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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The state figured it would be cheaper doing an abortion than providing healthcare for a potentially sick person for a lifetime. Disgusting!

9 posted on 10/25/2007 3:07:01 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Duncan Hunter 2008 - Protecting and Restoring America)
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