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Police probe

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, April 25, 2014

POLICE are investigating a case where a married woman was taken to the CWM Hospital following an alleged procedure for the termination of her pregnancy.

However, police say they are still investigating the case and have, as yet, not labeled it an attempt at abortion.

"At this stage, investigators are trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the alleged procedure taking place in the first place before we can classify the case," police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said.

The woman is currently in a stable condition while the doctor also remains free to practise pending investigations.

Ms Naisoro said the matter was reported last night by medical authorities after the victim underwent surgery.

"She had suffered some complications following the alleged procedure at the doctor's medical centre on Tuesday and was brought to the CWM by the same doctor the next day," she said.

She said the victim was referred to the doctor in question after a scan conducted by a different doctor showed the victim had allegedly lost her baby.

"Details regarding the outcome of the scan are still being looked into at this stage."

Ms Naisoro said the victim and her husband had paid the doctor to conduct the surgery but was told she had developed complications when she returned for a review the next day.

"The doctor returned the money to the victim and conveyed her to the hospital.

"The victim is still admitted in satisfactory condition."

Under the Crimes Decree, an abortion is lawful if serious danger to the physical or mental health of the woman concerned will result if the abortion is not performed.

It is also lawful if the pregnancy is causing serious danger to her physical or mental health.

The penalty for unlawfully conducting an abortion is 14 years imprisonment.

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