You won’t read about it on the front page of the NYT or WaPo, but Students for Life reports that a $50 million lawsuit has been filed against the D.C. Planned Parenthood. The family of Shantese Butler, who was 13 when the D.C. office performed an abortion on her, is seeking damages after the procedure left the girl permanently injured and infertile:
Students for Life of America has discovered that a lawsuit was filed against Planned Parenthood Metropolitan located in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2008.
Emma Jean Butler, mother of Shantese Butler, is suing Planned Parenthood for $50 million dollars in damages. Butler took her daughter to the D.C. Planned Parenthood on September 7, 2006 to abort a child conceived in rape. During the abortion, Shantese sustained severe abdominal bleeding, severe vaginal injury, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear. In addition, parts of the child were found inside Shantese’s abdomen on September 8, 2006. Because of these injuries, Shantese will be infertile for the rest of her life.
Planned Parenthood Metropolitan has denied the injuries suffered and the infertility of Shantese Butler. In addition, they state in their answer that Butler’s claims are barred by the doctrines of informed consent and assumption of risk.
Kristan Hawkins, SFLA’s Executive Director, remarked, “This is a horrible situation. Our thoughts go out to Shantese and her family as she recovers from her injuries both from the rape and abortion. Further, it is outrageous that Planned Parenthood thinks they are excused from being held liable because Shantese was informed of possible risks associated with abortion. In no other medical profession would this be acceptable. How ironic is it that the pro-abortion movement claims they want abortions to be ’safe, legal, and rare’ when in this poster case for abortion, Shantese was permanently injured. Making abortion harmful and almost deadly to the young girl.”
SFLA has the lawsuit documents and Planned Parenthood’s response. CRC’s Kristina Grabosky notes that the news comes after yesterday’s settlement in Nebraska of a botched abortion that PP did as well. It’s your tax dollars at work:
This unfortunate story falls completely in line with the overall national story that PP must be, at the very least, audited by the feds since they receive over $300 million a year in taxpayer dollars. Congress has been investigating several other industries that don’t receive gov $$ for shady business practices (oil, credit card, mortgage companies), yet they fail to glance at PP who has criminal charges pending in Kansas, is suspected of defrauding taxpayers in CA $180 million, has been caught accepting donations earmarked for [the abortion of ] black babies, and is now suspected of severely botching an abortion on a minor.
When will see Planned Parenthood executives–who head a bloody billion-dollar empire supported with our public money–put on the hot seat and grilled in congressional hearings for their sins?
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