Caitlin Bruce, age 20, has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Abraham Hodari for beginning an abortion after she had changed her mind and pleaded for him to stop.
-- From "Michigan Woman Sues, Claims Doctor Forced Abortion After She Said Stop" by Sarah Netter, ABC News 6/4/10
Bruce said she walked into Hodari's Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint, Mich., in April 2008, intending to have an abortion. She claims in an interview with ABCNews.com she changed her mind, but was pinned down, her mouth covered to muffle her screams, while Hodari forcibly terminated her pregnancy.
"This is a question about choice. Who makes the decision here? He told her she could back out any time," Bruce's attorney Tom Pabst said. "Who does he think he is?"
Hodari's lawyer called the lawsuit "baseless" and said Bruce changed her mind too late and that the doctor had no choice but to finish what he started.
Bruce said she'd had doubts about the abortion from the beginning, describing her emotions after finding out about the pregnancy as excited and nervous at the same time.
In the end, she walked into the clinic. When a technician performed a sonogram and handed Bruce the picture of her 6-week-old fetus -- even though she had specifically filled out paper work saying she didn't want to see the ultrasound or any pictures -- she began to seriously question her decision.
Vicki Saporta, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Abortion Federation, a professional association of abortion providers, said a patient in any medical setting should always have the right to say no.
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