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Doctors Are Not Required to Call Embryos ‘Unique Human Beings’

TRENTON, N.J. (CN) - Doctors are not required to tell patients that an embryo is a living human being or that having an abortion kills a child, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled.

Rosa Acuna claimed her gynecologist told her she would die if she didn't have an abortion because she had a kidney condition. She suffered complications and was diagnosed with an "incomplete abortion." After nurse told her what happened, Acuna said, she "finally realized that there had been a baby and not just blood inside her," the ruling states. She filed a malpractice complaint against Dr. Sheldon C. Turkish, his medical group and a nurse, claiming they failed to tell her the abortion would terminate a "complete, separate and unique human being." The court held that the defendants have a duty to explain the risks of the procedure, but the extra "instructions Acuna would like are not the medical profession's norm." See ruling in Acuna v. Turkish.

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