I just didn’t have the time or motivation yesterday to blog about this, although the story appeared in the Star-Ledger and got me all riled up. Mrs. Acuna had gone to her gynecologist, Dr. Turkish, complaining of abdominal pains, and Dr. Turkish informed her that she was about 6-8 weeks pregnant. Acuna has had a kidney problem since she was in high school (she is now 29 years old). Now, what she says Dr. Turkish said was that she’d be dead in 3 months if she didn’t get an abortion, and that she wasn’t carrying a baby, just a bunch of blood. What Dr. Turkish testified was that Acuna asked him specifically about getting an abortion, and an assistant concurred that she had made a statement that it was just too soon to be pregnant again, as she had two children already under the age of three. Dr. Turkish also said that while he might refer to a 6-8 week old embryo as “tissue” rather than a baby, the “bunch of blood” statement is not one that he would have made.
So, what was the point of all this? This woman wanted a law established that would order doctors to tell women that they are carrying a complete individual human being and that aborting would be tantamount to killing a member of their families. In addition, this woman who didn’t even know she was pregnant when she went to the doctor, gave the aborted fetus a name, post-mortem, and filed additional complaints related to its pain and suffering and her post-abortion trauma. Now, of course, this could all have been engineered by her lawyer, in order to further an anti-abortion agenda, although it looks more like someone trying to make a buck off her rich doctor, but either way it’s a scam, and the NJ State Supreme Court did right by dismissing it.
My thought is that a 29-year-old who doesn’t know what an abortion does is in no position to be telling doctors how to do their job. And someone who is that ignorant of what has been common knowledge since before she was born should probably rethink the whole parenting thing, as well. Sorry, that was snark, but I couldn’t help it. Finally, someone who files suit against a doctor on behalf of a child she wasn’t aware she was carrying and wants compensation for a procedure she agreed to in writing but regretted later should probably be paying Dr. Turkish and the NJ taxpayers back all the money that was spent on this frivolous lawsuit.