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Planned Parenthood pays $2 million settlement

A circuit court in Illinois has agreed to a $2 million settlement in the death of a 24-year-old woman who died after an abortion procedure at a Planned Parenthood facility in Chicago. In what may have been a surgical error, the woman began bleeding following the procedure and was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Court documents indicate that the settlement from Planned Parenthood will be held in trust for the woman's minor son.

The 24-year-old woman was approximately 16 weeks into her pregnancy when the D&C procedure was performed. According to records, the procedure began at 11 a.m. Her autopsy records indicates she was transferred to Northwestern Memorial 5.5 hours later. It appears she underwent another D&C at the hospital, and it may have been at that time a build up of fluid was found in her abdominal cavity. Just before 11 p.m. the patient died, apparently from a massive blood loss.

The Thomas More Society, which is not a party to the family's lawsuit, filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, claiming that the doctor and staff at Planned Parenthood failed to provide Northwestern Memorial with sufficient information about the woman's condition. The group also claimed that this particular Planned Parenthood facility was only supposed to offer limited services and not the more complicated procedure the doctor and staff performed.

When a surgical procedure results in a patient's death, the family has the right to seek compensation for their loss. This can be especially helpful in the cases that involve minor children losing a parent. The money can be held in trust for them and used to help with expenses the deceased parent would've been responsible for providing. A lawyer may be able to help the victim's family to file their case.

Source: CBS Chicago, "Documents Shed Light On Woman's Death After Abortion," July 24, 2012

Source: The Christian Post, "Planned Parenthood to Pay $2M Settlement to Family of Botched Abortion Victim", Stoyan Zaimov, February 12, 2014

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