Earlier this month, an Idaho couple sued one of its New Mexico abortion facilities for a failed abortion that resulted in the birth of their third child, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Bianca Coons and partner Cristobal Ruiz drove 700 miles from Idaho to Albuquerque, New Mexico in February 2016 to abort the six-week-old fetus they say they could not afford to keep. The couple did not want to hold out until their home state’s mandatory waiting period was up, as it would have resulted ‘in the baby being much more advanced in development,’ a lawsuit filed last week said.
It has a 94 to 98 percent success rate, with Coons told to take another pill back home later to complete the termination.
Coons said she could not afford to make the trip back, with her lawsuit saying that she ‘could not morally sanction further action to terminate’ her then nine-week old fetus. Planned Parenthood warned Coons that the medication abortion could cause birth defects in children who survived it. Her son was born a month premature, with jaundice and blood sugar issues, the lawsuit claims. Coons and Ruiz have sued for over $765,000 in damages, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Their lawsuit alleges: ‘The defendant’s failure to properly supervise and administer the abortion service directly resulted in the failure of the pregnancy termination which resulted in injury to plaintiffs’ interests in family planning and their interests in financial planning for the future of their family.’