“Why wasn’t I told that the baby I aborted at 23 weeks may feel pain?” Landmark legal offer to force clinics to tell women the “truth about what’s involved”
- Ana-Maria Tudor had an abortion after 23 weeks at a BPAS clinic in Richmond
- She was not told that her unborn baby would feel pain at the time of the abortion
- Mrs. Tudor’s lawyers claim that babies can feel pain after 18 weeks
- The 32-year-old ‘deeply regrets’ having had an abortion after hearing this news
A woman who has had an abortion after 23 weeks launches a legal offer to force clinics to tell their patients that a fetus may feel pain during termination.
Ana-Maria Tudor, 32, never claims to have heard that her unborn baby may be suffering during the abortion procedure.
She says this means she could not have given her fully informed consent.
Ana Maria-Tudor, 32, launches legal complaint against clinics after not being told her unborn baby would feel pain if she chose to have an abortion after 23 weeks
Official guidelines do not mention the possibility that the fetus may feel pain because they are based on the premise that it is unable to feel pain before the 24 week gestation.
Clinics are not instructed to relieve fetal pain, but Ms. Tudor’s lawyers say there is now evidence that it is “very likely” that the unborn child can feel pain from 18 weeks of age.
They say National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) abortion guidelines are outdated and need to be revised.
Ms Tudor, from Newcastle, said: “I didn’t realize that after 23 weeks a baby might not feel pain until afterwards. I felt terrible and now deeply regret my decision.
Ms. Tudors’s lawyers claim that there is evidence that it is very likely that unborn babies will feel pain during an abortion after 18 weeks
“Women should be able to decide what they want to do, but they need to hear the truth about what’s involved.”
Her lawyer Paul Conrathe, from Sinclairslaw, said, “Not providing this information to my client meant that she went ahead and aborted her baby after 23 weeks, a decision she deeply regrets.”
Ms. Tudor said she had two thoughts before having an abortion in a BPAS clinic in Richmond, Surrey in April 2017.
The pregnancy had been a surprise because she had gynecological problems that the doctors said she couldn’t get pregnant. As a result, she only had a pregnancy test when she was five months pregnant.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, along with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, are determined that it is impossible for a baby to feel pain before 24 weeks
She decided to quit and the NHS arranged for an abortion. Ms. Tudor had some doubts after speaking to a pro-life activist, but decided to proceed.
The absence of any mention of fetal pain in NICE guidelines follows a 2010 study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), which concluded that ‘the fetus cannot experience pain in any sense’ before 24 weeks.
However, research has questioned that ever since.
NICE said its guidelines were regularly reviewed and updated, adding, “Since this case may be prosecuted, we will not make any specific comments about it.”
RCOG and BPAS maintain that pain is impossible before 24 weeks.