Magazine article The Human Life Review

She's Not Doc's Only Victim

Magazine article The Human Life Review

She's Not Doc's Only Victim

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Maggie Gallagher

Here's the story (those of you with weak stomachs, avert your eyes):

A 31-year old divorced nurse in the Bronx has an affair with 44-year-old Dr. Stephen Pack. The nurse lives with her toddler and her parents in a modest Cape Cod in Thornwood. Dr. Pack lives with his doctor-wife and family in very tony Chappaqua. Very tony, as in Hillary lives there. You got that part of the picture?

The nurse gets pregnant. Dr. Pack doesn't want to be Daddy to a kid in Thornwood by a woman not his wife. Now if you ask me, he should have thought of that before he committed adultery. It shouldn't be any surprise to doctors or nurses that sex leads to babies.

On the other hand, in a world where pregnancy is supposed to be legally and morally optional for women, you can see his repulsive point of view, sort of: What about his constitutional right to choose not to be a father?

According to the Post, the nurse is supposed to have flung in Dr. Pack's face his lack of legal options: "She told me that 17 percent of what you make belongs to me now," Pack complained to a friend. Pack has reportedly been having marital problems. (If he hadn't before, he sure is now.) So maybe he knows how unfair the law is: Each mother gets 17 percent of a man's income for the first child, but less and less for each additional child. So now he owes even more to his partner in adultery than he would if he had gotten his own wife pregnant with a third child. Does this make sense?

Dr. Pack is filled with rage: This woman who spread her legs for the affair won't do it again for the abortion. He grabs two syringes with methotrexate, an abortifacient. He finds the nurse in a garage. He throws her to the ground and injects her six times. "I'm giving you an abortion! You are such a b---!" he screams at her. Security guards chase him down, but not before the doctor neatly disposes of the two needles properly, in a medical-waste container. …

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