WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A South Korean pregnant woman received an abortion at a clinic after clinic staff mixed up her medical chart.
- The doctor and nurse in charge are under investigation, and the case will soon be sent to the prosecutor’s office, according to CNN.
- The pregnant woman went to the clinic to receive a nutritional shot, according to Yonhap, a South Korean news agency.
Police in South Korea has launched an investigation after a doctor mistakenly performed an abortion on the wrong woman.
The pregnant patient with a 6-week-old fetus had gone to a clinic in Gangseo, Seoul on On August 7, according to the police. A mix-up in medical charts by the staff and failure to check her identity led to the accidental abortion.
Police are investigating the doctor and nurse in charge involved, and the case will soon be sent to the prosecutor’s office, police told CNN.
“The doctor and nurse have acknowledged their fault,” a police official said. They are now being accused of negligence resulting in bodily harm.
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the pregnant woman went to the clinic to get a nutritional shot. The nurse had reportedly injected her with anesthesia without proper identification, and the doctor went on to perform the abortion without confirming her identity either, the news outlet reported.
The patient had been unaware of the abortion.
South Korea moved to legalize abortion in April this year, with the nation’s constitutional court ruling that lawmakers must revise existing laws by December 31, 2020.
But, under existing laws, the practice remains illegal and is technically punishable by up to a year in jail.
Acceptable exceptions in cases where the parents have hereditary diseases, the pregnancy is due to rape or incest, or the fetus is threatening the life of the mother.
Last year, about 50,000 abortions were carried out in South Korea, according to the country’s Health Ministry. Actual numbers may be much higher, since the criminalization of the practice distorted reporting of it.
Source: New York Post