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Shock report: South Korean abortionist commits abortion on wrong woman

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An expectant mother lost her preborn child after an abortionist allegedly committed an abortion on her because he had the wrong medical chart and failed to confirm the patient’s identity.

CNN reports that according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, a woman went to a clinic in the capital city of Seoul on August 7 to obtain a nutritional shot. Instead, she was given an injection of anesthesia when the nurse failed to confirm her identity. Then the doctor killed the woman’s six-week-old preborn child without confirming her identity either.

The woman was unaware her baby had been aborted until the next day when she was bleeding and went to the clinic for help. They told her that her baby had been aborted.

Police are now investigating both the nurse and the abortionist for negligence resulting in bodily harm and told CNN that the case will be sent to the prosecutor.

“The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said.

READ: South Korea court rules that the country’s abortion ban is unconstitutional

A South Korean Constitutional Court ruled in April that abortion should be decriminalized and that the national assembly shall amend the law by the end of 2020. That has yet to happen, so abortion is still illegal in South Korea except in certain circumstances such as rape, incest, prenatal diagnosis, or a risk to the mother’s health. (Abortion, the intentional killing of a preborn child, is not actually medically necessary.) The court also stated that the abortion ban would be repealed in the event that the new legislation is not introduced by the deadline.

This isn’t the first time an abortionist has committed an abortion on the wrong woman. In 2017, Harvey Craig Roth of A Women’s Center of Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida, committed a surgical abortion on a woman who was there to take the abortion pill. The risks to the woman are significantly different between the two procedures. With surgical abortion, risks include cervical injury and uterine perforation as well as hemorrhaging.

Roth was fined $10,000 in addition to other stipulations. Roth admitted that he failed to follow the “pause” rule that states doctors must check to ensure they are performing the right surgery on the right person. Roth said he skipped this step because he didn’t think it mattered in cases of abortion – an example of how little abortionists care for their patients.

Currently, doctors in South Korea who commit abortions face two years in jail and women who obtain abortions face up to one year in jail or a fine. However, it is rare for anyone to face prosecution for abortion in the country.

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