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Posted on 04/04/2013 5:56:27 AM PDT by NYer
AKRON, Ohio, April 3, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A woman who underwent a failed abortion after being told by doctors that continuing her pregnancy would endanger her life is suing the abortion clinic, which she described as a “slaughterhouse,” following the birth of the baby girl she had intended to have killed.
Ariel Knights, a dental technician from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, launched the malpractice lawsuit against Akron Women’s Medical Group and two doctors, alleging they failed to perform the abortion they told her was successful, which led to the birth of her daughter.
She claims her decision to abort her daughter was based on the advice of doctors who told her she has uterus didelphys, a genetic condition that results in a double uterus with individual cervices, which put her pregnancy and her life at risk. Knights has a pre-school aged son.
"It was a decision I made because my life was in danger," she told the Akron Beacon Journal. "I was put in jeopardy. And I have a son that I am supposed to be taking care of.”
On the morning of her abortion appointment in March 2012, Knights described feeling that she and the women waiting in the Akron Women’s Medical Group clinic were treated like cattle.
“Every seat was full. People were standing,” she said. “It was pretty much like a slaughterhouse; it was like OK, next, next.”
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Following the abortion she claims she heard the doctor say, "All right, everything’s good and clear, everything went well."
In constant pain in the days afterward, Knights went to hospital. She was seen by an obstetrician who performed an ultrasound, and then told her she was still pregnant
“… [T]he look on [the doctor’s] face when he found out, he was like, ‘Oh my goodness, honey, you’re still pregnant,’ ” Knights said. “My fiancé and I, we both were kind of in shock.”
Knights said she contacted the Akron abortion clinic and was told to go to their Cleveland-area office. Still intent on aborting her child, she chose instead to contact another abortion clinic, which she claims declined to see her because of “somebody else’s mistake.”
The couple then decided to continue the pregnancy with the result that their daughter, whom they named Lillian “Lily” Pearl and call their "miracle baby," was born on September 20 last year.
The couple have posted photos and videos of their “precious angel” on their Twitter page, and although they say they adore their new baby, filed the lawsuit on March 4 seeking at least $25,000 in compensatory damages for pain, suffering, and emotional distress that Knights said the failed abortion caused her.
Knights said the irony of suing the clinic for failing to abort the child she herself wanted destroyed is apparent to her.
“That’s a sore subject to think about,” she said. “I mean, it’s just hard, thinking she’s here and thinking, if they would have done their job. … It’s just something I don’t like to think about.”
Knight’s attorney, James J. Gutbrod, who the Beacon Journal describes as being staunchly pro-life, said the lawsuit is a malpractice claim that alleges the clinic and the abortionists failed to follow an acceptable standard of care.
“From Ariel’s description, you can see how poorly the clinic is run and how different it is from any other medical procedure that’s done in our country,” Gutbrod said. “The way they do things is horrendous.”
According to court documents filed by Akron Women’s Medical Group, the clinic and doctors deny any negligence and are challenging the lawsuit, claiming that as at least some of the allegations have passed the statute of limitations, the case should be dismissed.
The case has been assigned to Judge Amy Corrigall Jones of the Summit County Common Pleas Court.
What a sick world!
They actually call her a MOTHER? Can you imagine this poor kid signing a Mother’s Day card for the woman who wanted to deliberately murder her?
I’m certainly glad you failed in attempting to murder me!
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Words almost fail me with this, NYer. God blesses you with a perfect baby girl and you sue the abortionist for not killing her? Give her to me. Seriously, if this precious gift is that much of a burden, give her to me. This woman has no right, in my opinion, to keep this baby and raise her with the knowledge that “Mommy and Daddy tried their best to have you ripped to pieces, you lived but we want money now because YOU are here”. ***I better stop now... my blood pressure just went through the roof.
The mother should be celebrating life. How would you like to have her for a mother. I hope there are supportive relatives for the child as she grows up. This defines not being wanted to the umpteenth degree.
Maybe this will turn their hearts around, though.
Pray for that.
A Democratic state legislator in Nevada is making waves for comments saying she does not regret killing her baby in an abortion.
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, a Democrat from Las Vegas, makes the false assumption that being a teen mother is incompatible with completing ones education or a successful career and gives that as the reason why she had an abortion and has no regrets about it.As a local newspaper reports:
If there are statute of limitations issues, she needs to add her daughter as a plaintiff. That little girl surely suffered in the womb.
Btw, my sister had the same condition and has 5 children. No doctor ever told her that it could kill her.
My question is did she have twin or something before the abortion attempt? I just wonder how a professional baby killer would miss killing an unborn child.
Why isn’t she suing her OB for the lousy advice she got? She should be sending the abortion mill a thank you note for screwing up the murder of her beautiful daughter.
This LOUSY excuse for a mother better hope her daughter never runs across this story when she’s older. Instead of looking upon this as a gift from God, she’s angry the baby didn’t die. DISGUSTING!
I hope for the childs sake that this scum doesn’t hold it over her head for the rest of her life.
“Maybe this will turn their hearts around...”
Maybe, MrB. However, this couple’s heart is black. Totally black! To deliver and hold such a precious child... and to sue over the fact that she is breathing... means that they didn’t change whatsoever from their wishes that this child be dead. This baby DESERVES loving parents. This baby DESERVES an environment where she is cherished, loved, and cared for. She DESERVES to be seen as a blessing and not a “mistake”. If these so called “parents” had any redemptive qualities, they would find her a home (with me or some other parents that would take her into their hearts and lives this very second).
America has devolved into decadence. The values of this woman sadly are the bizarre prevailing standard. Never forget 51% of Americans voted for the vile Obama.
I am no expert, but wouldn’t they have to remove the mucus plug, drain all the amniotic fluid during the process if she was almost 3 months pregnant at the time?
A baby can survive that??
What a beautiful baby girl!!
Too bad we don’t have more people like you in this world, momtothree! Your 3 children are lucky to have a Mom like you!
I am lucky to have them! Thank you, KG! I know of one other Freeper couple (and probably a lot more but one that I know without a doubt) that would take her right this very moment and thank God for that blessing. Hugs, Mom
I would love to be the mother of that baby. It’s unfair that women like that can get pregnant while others who would love to have children can’t.
Did she keep the beautiful baby? How will she explain later in life that mommy sued the abortion clinic for not killing her but mommy still loves her?
Why sue? I’m sure if she returned the baby they would gladly finish the job for free.
I want someone to rip this child from her uncaring arms.
Pro the slaughter of babies, much?
Knights attorney, James J. Gutbrod, who the Beacon Journal describes as being staunchly pro-life, said the lawsuit is a malpractice claim that alleges the clinic and the abortionists failed to follow an acceptable standard of care.
From Ariels description, you can see how poorly the clinic is run and how different it [abortion] is from any other medical procedure thats done in our country, Gutbrod said. The way they do things is horrendous.
It is unconscionable that abortions are done with less oversight of individuals and facilities, and less reporting, than less invasive, less dangerous procedures.
No, merely Christian.