- Africa Studio/Shutterstock
- A doctor and a nurse in South Korea are under investigation after police said they mistakenly performed an abortion on a pregnant woman, after mixing up her medical records with another patient’s.
- The woman whose fetus was aborted came into the delivery room to get a nutritional injection, after learning she was six-months pregnant that day, the Korea Herald reported.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Police in Seoul, South Korea, announced on Monday that they are investigating a doctor and nurse for mistakenly performing an abortion on a pregnant woman.
Officials with the Seoul Gangseo Police Station said the abortion was due to a mix-up in patient records, according to the Korea Herald.
The pregnant woman, a Vietnam national, only learned that she was six-weeks pregnant the day of the incident, August 7. After she learned of the news, she was sent to the delivery room to get a nutritional injection.
A nurse confused her with another patient and injected her with anesthesia instead, according to the Herald. While she was unconscious, a doctor came in and performed the abortion, without double checking to make sure she was the right patient, police said.
The woman reportedly came back to the hospital the next day after experiencing bloody discharge and learned that her fetus had been aborted.
Police said they were trying to see if they could charge the doctor and nurse with performing an abortion without consent, but because the woman was unconscious, they said she could neither consent or dissent to the procedure, so they decided against pressing those charges.
Instead, the two are being investigated for professional negligence on the suspicion that they didn’t confirm the patient’s identity before administering the anesthesia and performing the procedure.
Abortion is actually still illegal in most cases in South Korea, though a constitutional court has set a December 31, 2020 deadline for lawmakers to change the law, CNN reported. Under the current law, abortions are illegal unless the parents have a hereditary disease, the pregnancy is due to rape or incest, or the mother’s life is threatened.
- Read more:
- Abortion rates in the US are at their lowest levels in decades – these 6 maps and charts show how abortion in America has changed
- South Korean police say 7 Brazilian women were lured into prostitution with the promise of K-pop stardom
- Planned Parenthood just forfeited $60 million in federal funding so they don’t have to comply with a rule that bans abortions
- Alyssa Milano revealed she had 2 abortions after getting pregnant while on birth control
- Pressure grows on GOP Rep. Steve King to resign after he asked if there would be ‘any population left’ without pregnancies from rape and incest