After Botched Abortion, Doctor Ordered To Pay Child Support
10:45 am, May 26th | by Lilly ODonnell
A woman in Spain went to get an abortion in April, 2010, when she was eight weeks pregnant and it was legal to do so. The procedure failed, and seven months later, she gave birth — and now the doctor’s gonna pay for his mistake.
A judge ordered the doctor and the private clinic where he works to pay the woman 150,000 euros ($187,770) in damages for the negligence. He also ordered the doctor to personally pay monthly child support of 978 euros ($1,224) until the kid turns 26, the Daily Telegraph reported.
This may seem extreme, but in reality, the doctor is nearly as responsible for the child’s existence as the mother is — he shouldn’t be able to walk away and leave the woman to bear the burden she obviously didn’t feel prepared for.
Giving the doc the benefit of the doubt and assuming he made an honest mistake, I feel a little bad that he’ll be paying for it for the next 25 years — but then, isn’t paying for one mistake for years afterward exactly what abortion is supposed to protect people from? Maybe this experience will give the good doctor a sense of the urgency his patients feel, and inspire him to check and double check that he’s done his job right.