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A doctor aborted the wrong woman



On Aug. 7, a pregnant patient with a 6-week fetus went to a clinic in Gangseo district, the capital of Seoul, according to Gangseo police. At the clinic, mixing medical records and identity checks led to her miscarriage.

The responding doctor and nurse are under investigation and the case will soon be sent to the prosecution, CNN police said.

"The doctor and the nurse have pleaded guilty," said a police officer. Now they have been charged with negligence causing bodily harm.

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the patient was to receive a nutritional shot at the clinic. It is alleged that the nurse injected her with anesthesia without confirming her identity, and the doctor had an abortion without verifying her identity, Jonhap said.

Police announced the investigation on Monday, Jonhap said.

South Korea passed legalization of abortion in April this year, with the country's constitutional court ruling that lawmakers must revise existing laws by December 31
, 2020.

However, under existing laws, the practice remains illegal and technical. punishable by up to a year in prison. Exceptions are granted in cases where parents have hereditary diseases, pregnancy is due to rape or incest, or the fetus threatens the life of the mother.

About 50,000 abortions were performed in South Korea last year, according to the country's health ministry. The real numbers may be much higher, as criminalizing practice distorts reporting.


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