Planned Parenthood Told to Pay $672,610 for Botched Abortion

By Wetzstein, Cheryl | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), March 1, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Planned Parenthood Told to Pay $672,610 for Botched Abortion


Wetzstein, Cheryl, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


A jury has ordered a Planned Parenthood clinic to pay $672,610 in damages to a San Francisco woman who received a botched abortion of her twins.

One fetus was aborted during the woman's visit, but the other twin was partially dismembered and left alive in the womb, according to testimony before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Douglas Munson.

The woman, a Yugoslav immigrant known only as "J.B." in court papers, had the second fetus removed in a late-term abortion several weeks later.

She sued Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, which oversees nine abortion facilities in the San Francisco Bay area, for her pain and suffering.

On Feb. 21, the jury awarded the woman $650,000 for mental anguish, $1,870 in past medical costs, $14,500 for future psychiatric expenses and $6,240 in lost earnings.

California law limits damage awards to $250,000, so the 28-year-old woman will not receive the full judgment.

Her testimony was so horrifying that three jurors later said they "wanted to give her over $1 million," Christopher Dolan, the woman's attorney, said yesterday.

After the trial, Lynn Stocker, an attorney for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, told the San Francisco Examiner that the verdict is "definitely going to be appealed."

Neither Miss Stocker nor Planned Parenthood officials could be reached for comment yesterday.

The San Francisco verdict went unreported by wire services and news networks. News of the damage award drew mixed reviews from one pro-life group.

"We're not in any way condoning the fact that the woman went to get the abortions," said Ed Szymkowiak, director of STOPP International, a longtime critic of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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