Calhoun also testified last year before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee about the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation, which passed the House in June, would prohibit abortion for women in the District of Columbia who are more than 22 weeks pregnant, with an exception for some cases when the abortion is needed to save the mother's life.
"Dr. Calhoun is a very respected professional in his field of obstetrics, gynecology, and perinatology," Jeremiah Dys, an attorney from the Family Policy Council of West Virginia and who represents Gravely, said in an email to the Gazette. "Beyond that, given that this is a matter of ongoing litigation, my responsibilities to our client prevent me from commenting on matters not in the public record of this case."
Calhoun did not return an email or phone message by press time.
According to the lawsuit, Calhoun claims that Stephens breached the standard of care for Gravely because he did not use ultrasound technology during the abortion, account for every part of the fetus following the procedure, get informed consent from Gravely because he misdiagnosed the fetus's gestational age, give Gravely sufficient anesthesia for the procedure, stop the procedure even after Gravely requested it, or examine Gravely following the procedure.
Calhoun also wrote that Gravely suffered severe pain, emotional trauma, repeated surgery and increased future health risks and that as a result she will need mental health treatment for increased risks of anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse and sleep disorders. She will also have preterm births and increased risk of death as a result of the botched abortion, he wrote.
Stephens, in a response to the complaint, denied performing the abortion against Gravely's will and said that she complained of pain but that it was "consistent with the experience of other women in having this procedure but not pain that was suggestive or indicative of a complication."
Attorneys for Stephens also say Gravely was informed before the abortion that parts of the fetus could be left in the uterus and that more procedures could be necessary.
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