A Boston woman is suing two Doctors as well as Planned Parenthood for the costs of raising a child, almost three years after a failed abortion.
Jennifer Raper, a 45 year old woman living in Boston, filed a complaint last week in Suffolk Superior Court. All appeals have to be reviewed before being processed so it's not clear whether or not this case will actually go to trial.
In 1990 the state's high court approved suing in situations as Rapers but only when the resulting child had expensive medical conditions. However, according to the documented report filed with the courts, Jennifer Rapers now two-year-old is a perfectly healthy child.
The three page medical malpractice report filed with the court indicates that Raper found out she was pregnant in March of 2004 and went to Planned Parenthood seeking an abortion in April of 2004. She claimed she was financially unable to care for a child and wished to end the unwanted pregnancy.
At Planned Parenthood she was seen by Dr. Allison Bryan who was a physician working there at the time. The abortion attempt was performed on April 9, 2004 but unknown to Raper at the time, failed and she remained pregnant.
Raper ended up seeing Dr. Benjamin Eleonu at Boston Medical Center in July of 2004 when she was 20 weeks pregnant. Why she went has not yet been released but at the time of the visit the Doctor did not detect the pregnancy. He is the other Doctor being sued by Raper for lack of proper medical care and negligent in missing her pregnancy. Generally, 20 weeks gestation is hard for a trained doctor to miss, and even more so for the pregnant mother.
Jennifer Raper ended up in the emergency room at New England Medical Center in late September with symptoms of pelvic pain. It was then that she finally realized that she was indeed still pregnant. At that point a legal abortion was not possible and she gave birth to a baby girl on December 7th of 2004.
Planned Parenthood has refused to comment as the case is pending legislation and neither Doctor has responded publicly about Rapers' claims. After the court reviews the medical neglect report a decision will be made as to whether or not it will be processed. The Doctor who performed the failed abortion no longer works for Planned Parenthood but is still a licensed practicing Physician.
Raper is suing for damages including the costs of raising her daughter.