Woman to Sue Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell for “Botched Abortion”

33-year-old Southwest Philadelphia woman Amy Cruz has filed a writ-of-summons in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court, noting her intent to sue Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell for complications from an abortion he performed on her.

Cruz’s attorney, Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Joseph Messa, says that Cruz went to Gosnell for an abortion in 1998, when she was 19. According to Messa, Cruz had persistent pain after the procedure, and Gosnell’s office kept telling her to take the painkillers they had prescribed, which she did.

Fast forward to the present time. Cruz got pregnant recently, but it was a tubal pregnancy. Upon examination, doctors determined that she had a lot of scar tissue and that she wouldn’t be able to carry a baby to term. “They said it was due to a prior infection that she had,” says Messa. “And as far as we can tell, it’s related to that 1998 event.”

Messa says he’s not sure exactly how much he’ll seek in damages. “This is a woman in her mid-30s who cannot have children,” he says. “And that’s a significant thing. I see this as easily being a seven-figure case.”