An attorney for Itai Gravely says that his 26-year-old client, who filed a lawsuit last week in which she claims she underwent a forced abortion at the hands of abortionist Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens, is now expecting another child. Dys made the announcement at a press conference on Monday, according Charleston (WV) Daily Mail.
Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, who is affiliated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the lawsuit last Friday on behalf of Itai Gravely.
Gravely says after she repeatedly told Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens of the Women’s Medical Center she changed her mind and wanted to keep her baby, the abortionist forced her to go through an abortion without sufficient anesthesia and left the baby’s skull in her womb. The day after the abortion, last April 20, doctors at a local hospital removed the rest of her child from her body.
Stephens and his staff “left Itai’s baby to decompose inside her and they never followed up with her,” said Dys.
Gravely is suing Stephens and his abortion clinic for professional negligence, battery, uninformed consent, false imprisonment, exteme and outrageous conduct/emotional distress, and breach of contract.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zaikaib Jr. will hear Gravely’s case, although a date has not yet been set.
In his expert medical testimony, Dr. Byron Calhoun, an OB-GYN and professor at West Virginia University-Charleston, wrote that Stephens and the facility “breached the standard of care by giving Ms. Gravely insufficient anesthetic, exposing her to severe pain during the course of the surgical abortion.” Their actions, he swore, placed her at risk of future preterm birth, mental health issues, and “increased risk of death.”
The court case is not Dr. Stephens’ first brush with justice. The Daily Mail noted that Stephens had been named in nine lawsuits over just a five year period.
Two were dismissed. The remaining seven cases stretched from 1996 until 2001.
In all, he is estimated to have paid more than $400,000 to settle the cases.
Critics warn abuses such as those alleged by Gravely are permitted, because the state of West Virginia does not regulate or regularly inspect abortion facilities.