Spanish Doctor Botches Abortion, Forced to Pay for 'Oops' Baby

A 24-year-old woman in Spain gave birth to a baby boy — not terribly newsworthy, except for the fact that she'd already had an abortion.

The woman had her abortion at seven weeks, then returned two weeks later for a scan. The doctor assured her that the fetus was gone. When she finally realized she was pregnant — and got a fresh scan for confirmation — the young woman was told it was too late to have an abortion.

She sued the doctor for damages: first, to support the child he'd supposedly aborted, and second, for the emotional stress of not being sure if the baby would be born healthy following a failed abortion attempt. (Thankfully, he was.)

The doctor will now be paying 1,000 euro a month in what amounts to child support. The woman, who has decided to keep the baby, now has to figure out how to one day explain this debacle to her kid.

I am OK now, because I have had to accept things. There is no other option. I'm happy with my son. When I have to explain all this to him, I'll try to make sure that he feels OK about it. It was back then that he was not wanted, not now.

According to Eva Munar, the woman's lawyer, this is the first case of its kind in Spain — and likely anywhere else in the world.

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