Woman Sues W.Va. Clinic over Abortion Procedure

By: West Virginia Ap Email
By: West Virginia Ap Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A lawsuit alleges a West Virginia doctor ignored a woman's wishes to stop an abortion procedure and left the fetus' head in her uterus.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, an evangelical Christian group, said Monday the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Itai Gravely against the Women's Health Center of West Virginia in Charleston and Dr. Rodney Stephens.

The Kanawha County Circuit Court lawsuit says Gravely was given a sedative but wanted to stop the April 2012 procedure because she was in severe pain. It says Stephens ignored her instructions and had her physically restrained. The pregnancy was near the end of the first trimester.

A subsequent exam at a hospital revealed the fetus' head in her uterus.

A clinic official didn't immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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