Dear Doctor Letter

Re: Medical Malpractice Issues and Abortion-Breast Cancer Research

Dear Doctor:

The world's first abortion-breast cancer medical malpractice settlements were reported in the U.S. and Australia in the years 2003 and 2001 respectively. In each lawsuit, a physician was sued for having neglected to inform an abortion-bound patient about the risks of breast cancer and emotional harm. Significantly, neither plaintiff had developed breast cancer. The amounts of the settlements are undisclosed. [1,2]

The plaintiff in the U.S. lawsuit was a 17-year-old Pennsylvania resident when a second-trimester abortion was performed in New Jersey without parental knowledge or consent. The case establishes that a doctor can be sued for battery if the abortion provider performs no-parental-consent abortions on minors from neighboring states (with parental consent statutes), even if the state where the abortion is performed does not have a parental consent statute.