I've read it a few times, but I still can't believe it. A 22-year-old Spaniard went to get an abortion when she was seven weeks pregnant. After the procedure, the gynecologist confirmed the abortion had been successful. A couple of weeks later, the woman returned for a follow-up appointment at which time a scan confirmed the abortion had been successful and that she was, in fact, no longer pregnant.

But several months later, when she thought she'd gotten pregnant again and decided to go back for a second abortion, a scan showed she was six months pregnant, which meant that the original abortion had been botched. Since she was already 22 weeks pregnant, she couldn't get a legal abortion and the woman claims she had no choice but to keep the child who was born in October 2010.

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Now the gynecologist has been ordered to pay $1,300 a month in what's essentially child support until the child turns 25, plus $189,000 for emotional damages. While there are many people within the medical community who don't agree with the judge's decision, the woman says she's pleased because since the unwanted pregnancy, she had to quit her job, has gone back to her parents and has "nothing."

I don't really know if the punishment is fair or not, but what I do know is that one day the child will most probably find out what happened and it won't be easy for either him or his mother. Check out what the woman told the Spanish newspaper Diario de Mallorca:

Now I'm ok because I have taken on my new role, there's no other way around it, I'm fine with my son and we just need to move forward ... When I have to explain all this to him, I'll try to make sure that he feels okay about it. It was back then that he was not wanted, not now.

It makes me so sad to hear a mom say that! It's undeniable that this woman only became a mother because she had no other choice and it seems to me that no amount of money will be able to change that. 

What would you do if you discovered you were still pregnant months after you got an abortion? 

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Roxana A. Soto is Features Editor of MamásLatinas. She's a bilingual and bicultural journalist born in Peru and raised in Mexico, Argentina, South Africa and Miami. She's also mom to a girl in 3rd grade and a boy in Kinder. She loves books, languages, traveling and good food – especially when cooked by someone else.

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I guess if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And I'm sure your question would not apply to me because abortion is out of the question. Babies are a blessing and I am sure that if she's seen it already.

I dont agree with abortions, there cruel. This lady should be happy that she didnt murder one of many children that are from abortions. She should feel blessed. One message : if you dont want to take the risk of having to be responsible for another human life, Dont have sex!. Even the most accurate form of protection from pregnancy can fail, but not abstinence.


you dont want a baby, freaking take birth control, use condoms or dont have sex!!!!!! how stupid to just act like its nothing!! emotional damages??? my a!@...you psycho woman


an the bitch went to get a 2nd abortion???? She was obviously not having safe and secure sex since she knew she was pregnant "again"... I am soory if I ofend anyone, I am very open minded and understanding... BUT abortion is something I WILL NEVER agree with.


and she has the face to sue the doctor??? Now her child will grow up knowing he/she was an unwanted baby and that his/her mom tried to murder him/her TWICE!


Why not give up the baby for adoption? Yes the doctor made a mistake but a bigger mistake is to raise a child she did not want. She may say she accepts and loves her child now but how will she feel and behave during the difficult moments every mom faces when raising a child? I think the child would have been better served by being adopted by a loving family who truely wanted him or her.

I wouldn't get an abortion period!  I would continue the pregnancy and in time welcome God's little angel in my arms and smile and say to myself "wow I created this little angel." 

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These comments give me hope for humanity: not a single person agrees with the decision to abort. Because deep down in our heart of hearts, we all know it's murder. This child is not the first survivor; there are others, and they don't regret being born, according to the few I've heard! God bless him.
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