Monday, August 1, 2011

Florida abortionist ordered to pay $36 million

Late-term abortionist and abortion clinic owner James Pendergraft has a long history of run-ins with the law. His medical license has been suspended four times. He served time in a federal jail after being convicted of extortion. Now, a jury in Florida has ordered Pendergraft to pay $36 million after one of his clinics began a late term abortion on a woman who eventually gave birth. The child was born alive and faces serious medical issues because of her premature birth.

The mainstream media has not reported on this verdict, but other sources say that attorneys on behalf of a young girl who survived one of Pendergraft's abortions filed a lawsuit seeking a lifetime of medical care for the child, and they have won a $36 million verdict. In 2001, the plaintiff's mother, Carol Howard, apparently paid one of Pendergraft's clinics $1,300 to abort her baby at 22 weeks gestation. She was given multiple doses of RU-486, according to a source, and after 12 hours of labor left the clinic upset and in pain, later to deliver the baby girl in a hospital. The child weighed 1 lb 6 oz at birth, and suffers from cerebral palsy, lack of function on one side of her body, strokes and brain damage, physical, emotional and cognitive delays, lung damage, chronic lung disease, and seizure disorders. According to pro-life witnesses inside the courtroom, the Florida jury verdict orders Pendergraft to pay Howard $18,255,000 in punitive damages, $18,000,000 in compensatory damages, and over $400,000 in court costs.