Lawsuit Filed Over Botched Abortion

A lawsuit alleges a West Virginia doctor ignored a woman's wishes to stop an abortion procedure and botched the procedure by leaving 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 said Gravely was given a sedative but wanted to stop the April 2012 procedure because she was in severe pain. It said 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, the lawsuit said.