PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A single mother in Prince George who found out three months after undergoing an abortion procedure that she was still pregnant has been awarded $60,000 in a lawsuit against her doctor.
The woman, now 37, and identified only by the pseudonym Rachel Roe, gave birth to a normal, healthy child and later sued Dr. Ronald Harold Dabbs who performed the failed abortion.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett has awarded her $55,000 in general damages and $5,000 for lost income.
But, he rejected her request for compensation for the cost of raising the child, saying those expenses were offset by the joy of motherhood.
Such costs are generally awarded in "wrongful birth" cases when the child is born with severe disabilities. [Full Story]