NM Medical Board dismisses negligence case against abortion doctor

Posted at: 02/07/2013 10:47 AM
Updated at: 02/07/2013 12:53 PM
By: The Associated Press and KOB.com Staff

The New Mexico Medical Board has dismissed a negligence case against abortion doctor Shelley Sella.

The case involved a New York mother who sought an abortion from Dr. Sella in Albuquerque after she found out her nearly 9-month-old fetus had severe brain abnormalities.

There were complications and the 26-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital with a ruptured uterus.

Anti-abortion activists who monitored 911 calls from the Southwestern Women's Options clinic had filed the complaint against Dr. Sella in the case of the patient, who sought the abortion in May 2011 after she found out it had severe brain abnormalities.

The woman was not part of the complaint, but intimate details about her and her medical history were made public as part of the board probe.

The case highlights Operation Rescue's aggressive attempts to halt abortions and raises questions about patient privacy.

Sella's attorney, Molly Schmidt Nowara, called the decision great news for the women of New Mexico.

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