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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Doctor Performs Abortion On Wrong Pregnant Woman (Read)

Doctor Performs Abortion On Wrong Pregnant Woman (Read)

CNN Reports, the South Korean police launched an investigation after a doctor mistakenly performed an abortion.

According to the Gangseo police, on August 7, a pregnant patient with a 6-week-old foetus had gone to a clinic in Gangseo district, in the country's capital Seoul. A mix in the clinic's medical charts and inability to verify her identity resulted in the mistake of abortion.

The doctor and nurse in charge are being investigated and the case will be sent to the prosecutor's office in the near future, police told CNN.

"The physician and nurse admitted their fault," said a police officer. They are now accused of negligence that leads to physical damage.

The patient was supposed to receive a nutritional shot at the clinic, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. The nurse allegedly had anesthesia injected her without confirming her identity, and Yonhap reported that the doctor had performed the abortion without checking her identity. The patient did not know the procedure.

The investigation was announced by police on Monday, Yonhap said.

In April this year, South Korea moved to legalize abortion, with the country's constitutional court ruling that lawmakers need to review existing laws by 31 December 2020.

However, the practice remains illegal under existing laws and is technically punishable by a prison term of up to one year. Exceptions are granted when parents have hereditary diseases, pregnancy is caused by rape or incest, or the fetus threatens the mother's life.

An estimated 50,000 abortions were carried out in South Korea last year, according to the country's Health Ministry. Actual numbers may be much higher, since the criminalization of the practice distorted reporting of it.

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