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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 08, 2005

The issue surfaces in Sydney.

A doctor accused of inducing a late-term abortion has become the first medical practitioner in NSW to be charged over a termination since 1971. Dr Suman Sood is also believed to be the state's first doctor to be charged with the manslaughter of a foetus.

The Sydney doctor allegedly gave a 20-year-old woman an abortion drug. The woman gave birth to a baby that survived for about three hours.

The abortionist is being prosecuted on baffling technical grounds ("she failed to find out if a continuation [sic!] of the pregnancy would pose a danger to the woman's physical or mental health, or economic and social well-being"), but the manslaughter charge implies a recognition that the life that was lost was a human life. The news story is not very lucid, but it seems to suggest that, in the eye of the law, the abortionist is faulted for not being a conventionally efficient murderess, whence the manslaughter charge is all the more strange.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Aug. 10, 2005 1:52 PM ET USA

    This is bizarre. Since the mother sought the abortion, the doctor typically is only the agent of the mother's intent, i.e. her right to kill the unborn child. Why not charge her as well?

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 08, 2005 8:23 PM ET USA

    I wonder if Judge Ginsberg of our Supreme Court will, in her dissent against the overturning of Roe v. Wade, cite this case from international law?

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