A California woman claims that her doctor accidentally prescribed her an abortion pill, causing her unborn baby to die in her womb.
Lorena Anderson is suing the doctor, the healthcare provider at the Health Center and the Rite Aid Pharmacy that filled her prescription.
Anderson filed the lawsuit against Dr. Maria Rasul, a physician at Bishop’s Peak Women’s Health, alongside the pharmacy for “carelessly and negligently” prescribing medicine that resulted in the death of her unborn baby.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Anderson, who was five to seven weeks pregnant at the time of the unintentional abortion, is asking for compensation for medical expenses, legal fees, interest and loss of earnings and earning capacity, as well as an unspecified amount of money in general damages.
“As a direct and proximate result” of the defendants’ actions, Anderson sustained “serious injuries,” which included “shock and injury to her nervous system,” as well as reoccurring medical expenses, loss of work pay, and “permanent disabilities,” the lawsuit read.
The lawsuit claims that on March 20, 2018, Anderson visited Bishop’s Peak Women’s Health Center because she suspected that she was pregnant. While at the center, which claims to provide “obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health services,” Anderson was seen by Dr. Rasul, who confirmed Anderson’s suspicions: she was in fact pregnant.
Moments later, Rasul prescribed Anderson Cytotec, otherwise known as “misoprostol,” which is frequently referred to as the “abortion pill,” due to its primary function.
According to the lawsuit, Rasul failed to inform Anderson about what exactly the pill would do to her unborn child, so the woman went to pick up the drug at her local Rite Aid in Atascadero. Shortly after she left the Women’s Health Center, Rasul and other staff members realized that they had misprescribed the medication and called the pharmacy to cancel the order.
Meanwhile, Anderson had gone to the pharmacy and retrieved the abortion pill. Anderson then left the pharmacy without a single explanation of what she was about to take.
Anderson then swallowed the pill, which resulted in the miscarriage of her baby.
“She was very excited to learn she was pregnant, and she was looking forward to being a mother,” Anderson’s attorney Garrett May told The Sacramento Bee.
The parent company of the Health Center, Dignity, has yet to make an official comment regarding the impending case, which will be heard in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on May 13.