UPDATE: Botched Abortion Victim Sues Troubled NJ Abortion Mill

Suit claims Abortionists Keith Gresham and Nicholas Kotopoulos, provided “negligent, careless and reckless care.”

Newark, NJ — Twenty-year old Rasheedah Dinkins went to Metropolitan Medical Associates on January 27, for what she thought would be a routine abortion in her 15th week of pregnancy. Later that day, Rasheedah collapsed in her home. Family members summoned an ambulance to transport her to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center where she slipped into a coma lasting four weeks. When she awoke, Rasheedah learned that she had suffered massive blood loss, two strokes, a collapsed lung, neurological damage, and the removal of her uterus. She finally regained her ability to speak on Tuesday.

Rasheedah is still hospitalized in the critical care unit, recovering from the botched abortion that nearly cost her her life along with that of the last child she will ever bear. It is an act she now regrets.

Rasheedah is now suing Metropolitan Medical Associates, a clinic affiliated with the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and the two abortionists who treated her. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, she claims that abortionists Keith Gresham and Nicholas Kotopoulos, provided “negligent, careless and reckless care.”

Metropolitan Medical Center was closed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services over the weekend after an investigation that was prompted when a hospital worker reported Rasheedah’s botched abortion. It had also been closed in 1993, after a 20-year old college student died during an abortion from a perforated uterus.

“Rasheedah showed remarkable courage in first being willing to admit that she should not have had the abortion, and second in her willingness to publicly discuss what happened to her,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We pray her lawsuit succeeds in helping to permanently closed this high-volume child-killing center.”

“We know that unfortunately, Rasheedah’s tragedy is not unique. We urge other women who have been injured at this and any other abortion mill to come forward and report their stories to their local authorities,” said Newman. “The abortion industry is a predatory one, and the so-called standards that groups like the NAF impose on themselves are a joke. As long as women remain silent, they will continue to subject women to shoddy, dangerous conditions and substandard care. Now is the time to speak out to prevent other women from making the same tragic decision.”

Comments

  1. That’s ashame that girls wouldn’t recieve proper care with such a terrible procedure as abortion. It’s hard enough when it’s done right.

  2. NOW she says she shouldn’t have had the abortion…why couldn’t she come to that conclusion before her baby had to die? how horrible to have your fertility forever robbed from you…but how could you want an abortion when you’re almost four months pregnant? Why don’t women THINK for ONCE in their lives?????

  3. Robert Ferguson says:

    According to this report, many other malpractise lawsuits are pending against Nicholas Kotopoulos and another victomized paitent has come forward to share her tragedy after reports of Rasheedah Dinkins made thew newspaper.

    http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1172815695216280.xml&coll=1

    She knew she was pregnant but did not come for an abortion. She was diagnosed as NOT being pregnant.She was told that she had dead tisue from a prior pregnancy that needed to be removed with a D and C. Not understanding that this would end her pregancy and kill her child she signed consent forms.

  4. Let’s see how quickly the feminists at NOW, NARAL, and MS Magazine voice their outrage over what happened to Rasheedah. They of course will line up behind her and her family to give them all the support they need. They will also be outraged that any woman would be subjected to something like this. We’ll see “60 Minutes”
    and “People Magazine” do a piece on this, as they did on the alleged “illegal abortion” of Becky Bell, and Rasheedah will certainly be written up in “MS Magazine”. We’ll see Rasheedah’s picture at pro-abortion rallies where feminists will demand safe abortion.
    Wait, there is a big difference here. Rasheedah’s botched abortion was legal. That certainly changes things. Unlike Becky, her injuries and near death do nothing to advance the cause of “choice”. What about the fact that due to an emergency hysterectomy, Rasheeda has permanently lost any right to choose? Do feminists have any issue with this?

  5. Scott, your post and your position on abortion confuses me. You obviously aren’t pro-life juding from the information on that link of yours. It’s quite sad that you have adopted the pro-choice mentality of “woman’s body, woman’s choice”. If that’s your definition of pro-choice, then heck I’m pro-choice too. I think a woman should choose when to have sex, but when she chooses that and becomes pregnant, that mentality does not apply. That is a separate human being inside her, Scott. It isn’t “her choice” to kill it. It was “her choice” to have it in the first place.
    No, we do not “turn pregnant women into slaves” to quote from your fascinating website. You see, Scott, most of the world has a messed up mentality. Pregnancy is not meant to “enslave” a woman as you so delicately put it. Pregnancy is a gift and a blessing. You and the rest of your pro-choice cronies just see it as a burden. Bringing us back (can you see the connection?) to the first choice the woman made: to get pregnant. Often times we are so used to instant gratification and making all of our problems go away that we forget that humans were created to suffer at times. No one likes to suffer, but suffering brings compassion. When a woman becomes pregnant at an unfortunate time, it is not her right to kill her child; yes, she might suffer for nine months of her life, but shouldn’t we pull together to help support her instead of shoving a scalpel up her birth canal for the sake of “choice”?
    The wording on your link also bothers me. The pro-life side in NO WAY forces women to do anything. We use prayer and sidewalk counseling and make women aware of the beauty of life. Coercion comes from your side, pro-choice. Isn’t it ironic that most women are forced and feel like they have no other option other than abortion?
    I almost found myself laughing at this next quote: “Other times, activists use coercive force themselves, such as bombing and terrorizing abortion clinics.” Yes, the pro-life movement has a few crazy extremists that do those things. HOWEVER, we make it repeatedly clear that we do NOT approve of their tactics and they DO NOT reflect the entire pro-life movement. The majority of all pro-lifers are peaceful and use prayer, not bombs. Your side is questionable, though. The media overlooks any damage done to pro-lifers. Visit prochoiceviolence.com for a reality check, Scott. I can probably count the number of times a pro-lifer has attacked an abortionist or pro-choice person on my hand. I can’t count your side’s 7000 acts of violence- that might take awhile.
    “Despite the horrifically disgusting nature of abortion, anti-abortionists must not mirror that horror by denying any woman rights to her body. More violence and coercion cannot solve the problem.” Again, with the misleading coercion crap. Your stance is so ambiguous, I’m tempted to be more angry with you than with the actual abortionists themselves, but I’ll try to be nice. :) Scott, you cannot say that abortion is “horrifically disgusting” but then approve of a woman’s “right” to choose it. Remember what Jesus said about hypocrites? Well, he didn’t like them very much.
    “Additionally, forcing women to give birth to unwanted children leads to arguably worse problems, especially in a world in which 16,000 children die of starvation every day, millions of people commit suicide yearly, and even more live their lives in jails.” Do you know how much money the abortion business makes? How about we give some of the starving children a cut of Dr. Tiller’s money (after he’s out of business of course) instead of letting Tiller buy himself a new car? Or how about we teach our nation some responsibility? You know, I can almost see how Planned Parenthood and all abortion providers are a direct contributor to the poverty in our country. They hand out condoms to all the teens which only encourages them to have sex. When those condoms fail, the girl becomes pregnant. Some have enough money to pay for their child to be murdered. Others don’t and raise their children in poverty increasing starvation. My message is not for abortion providers to lower their prices but for us to change the mentality of America. Yes, sex is good, but only when adults are responsible enough to accept that a life may very well be in their hands. Though your attempt to diminish poverty may seem admirable (it’s not), who are we to decide if a child should live or not based on where his or her family falls on the poverty line? Who knows, maybe this baby born into starvation will be the one who figures out how to rid our nation of poverty. What do you say to that Scotty boy? One more thing, there are over a million couples waiting to adopt children. If women choose adoption instead of abortion, I highly doubt these children would go to homes in the “slums”.
    Last, but not least: “Also, illegalizing abortion leads many women to perform illegal and unsafe abortions.” Ahh the famous back alley abortion argument – still as weak and untrue as ever. Scott, if you think the abortion procedure is safe now, you are sadly mistaken. There are lists all over the internet of women who have died from your so called “safe” abortions. Not to mention that the whole “back alley” statistic was extremely exaggerated in the first place. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, formerly associated with the NARAL, has come out to expose this lie. To qutoe Nathanson himself: At that time, Nathanson admitted that he and his NARAL colleagues pulled that number “out of thin air. We knew it was a powerful and compelling lie and we used it shamelessly” (Aborting America, 1979). It’s interesting to note that although legalized, abortion kills about 30 women each year (http://www.knightsite.com/kc9496/unborn62.htm). If you do the math, almost as many women have died from the “safe” procedure as did from the illegal one.
    So Scott, maybe next time you will think about posting this link all over pro-life websites. Maybe you should reevaluate your stance on abortion as well.

  6. Mary, the abortion lobby and its toadies never get their panties in a twist when some legal abortion mill harms a woman. They pretend it didn’t happen. See no evil….

  7. Scott…I agree with what Reese says.
    Your post makes no sense whatsoever.

    You need to make a commitment to one side or the other…preferably the pro-life side.

    I hope you don’t discuss the issue the way you write about it.

    Your words are pure “doublespeak”.

  8. Abortion is “horifically disgusting” but women should still have the right to choose it? One can just as intelligently argue that while rape and wife abuse are also horifically disgusting, a man should have the right to choose whether or not he will commit these crimes. Couldn’t these men argue that no one has any right to impose morality on them? Certainly victims of rape and abuse will see that supporting a man’s right to commit these acts of violence is entirely different than supporting his right to choose to commit them.
    Do pro-aborts ever listen to themselves and their totally senseless statements?

  9. I must correct myself. I meant to say a rape or abuse victim will see that supporting these acts of violence is entirely different than supporting a man’s right to choose to commit them.

  10. Scott’s prochoice stand on an evil such as abortion is similar to that of members of NAMBLA, who believe they should have the choice to rape and abuse little boys.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d6/Nambla-logo.png A NAMBLA logo.
    The capital M and lowercase b symbolize a man and a boy. Please note how the Cap M is mounting the small b.

    Sic

  11. You’re so right Christina. We have a young mother who will likely need extensive rehabilitation and who may live with lifelong disability due to having two strokes and suffering neurological damage. Only time will tell.
    To the pro-aborts and their lapdogs, this is no cause for outrage. This young mother is instead only a source of great embarassment about which we will only hear a deafening silence.

  12. I just don’t understand why men and women can’t stop believing the lies that having a baby is so horrible and will ruin your life. sure babies cost money, you might not be able to eat out and buy new clothes, but can’t you be a LITTLE selfless to give life to your child?

    my son is four months old now. a year ago I had just found out I was pregnant. my life now compared to what it was before is definitely more hectic, a little more broke, and a lot less selfish. my son has mad my life so much more joyous and meaningful!!!!!! my pregnancy was unplanned and it was a scary time, a lot of stuff was happening…thank God our families supported my husband and myself.

    I wish pregnant women would be told how their babies will enrich their lives not destroy them. and how the abortion might not just rip their babies apart but their own bodies as well! this girl had to learn the hard way…its just awful and it makes me so mad that abortion seems to be the mentality of a self-serving society that we live in today.

  13. “I just don’t understand why men and women can’t stop believing the lies that having a baby is so horrible and will ruin your life. sure babies cost money, you might not be able to eat out and buy new clothes, but can’t you be a LITTLE selfless to give life to your child?”

    –One of the most fascinating aspects of being a parent is that doing so forces you to live for someone other than yourself. The more we live for others, the more enriched the lives of those other peope are. Some people, however, are just too selfish to live outside themselves, to the degree that they’d go so far as to kill a baby just because that baby might “crimp their style.”

  14. I am very sorry for Miss Dinkins, but I must say that I have mixed feelings about her filing and possibly winning a lawsuit. I feel that a woman that already had 2 children should have an idea of how babies are made.She went on a mission to destroy/murder her child. Let’s just say for a minute that the abortion had been uneventful. How many more times might she have continued being irresponsible when it came to her sex life?? So now her selfish choice backfired and her own life almost ended.If she does win the $ she should donate it to a pro life cause/organization.I hope this death clinic stays closed!

  15. how funny I posted the same thing below you in another story, Kelly. she made two babies already when she killed her third. when was she going to learn some morality?

  16. Yes Sarah, I have already read so many stories like this. I just can’t excuse the women here.They want an abortion to get rid of this “problem.” However, the CHOICE should be made before people get in bed together .Once the child is made, the choice to kill should never be available. I can’t understand the lack of maternal feelings here. How can a mother feel her little one moving,kicking,and fluttering in her womb and decide to kill him/her.Then when things go wrong for the woman,she is now able to win tons of cash and be rewarded.That money should go to her medical bills only.The rest ought to go to a pro-life group/cause so that other babies and women wont have to die.

  17. Kelly writes, “Then when things go wrong for the woman,she is now able to win tons of cash and be rewarded.That money should go to her medical bills only.The rest ought to go to a pro-life group/cause so that other babies and women wont have to die.”

    –Sounds great but unfortunately it won’t happen this way. That’s why I am very suspicious about lawsuits against these abortion clinics, and why to a great extent I agree with Kelly’s posts regarding Rasheedah. IMHO, shes may or may not just be looking for a big cash score.

    –In that vein, I’m curious: Who are the lawyers representing these plaintiffs? Are we talking about Jay Alan Sekulow, Esq., the American Center for Law & Justice, and/or some other well-known, pro-life, conservative lawyers who might sue an abortion clinic “pro bono” i.e. for free? I suspect not. I instead suspect we’re talking about garden-variety “plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers” who are paid a percentage of their recovery for their client.

    –Worse, NJ has made a cottage injury of lawsuits for “wrongful life,” i.e. a parent says “my child was deformed, I would have aborted had I been told this while I was pregnant.” In those cases, parents can not only recover the costs of raising the child, but for their own “pain and suffering” of having to bear and raise the child (!) (if I understand the state of the law correctly). So let’s not be too quick to paint Rasheedah as entirely innocent, okay? I think we need more facts.

  18. Frank,I agree with you. I don’t mean to sound cold. It just sounds so unfair to me.I think that most women KNOW that abortion is murder.They are selfish people that want their problem to go away.Heaven forbid that anything happen to them.Now begins the outcry for the injured woman.The baby is dead and in a garbage can somewhere.Is anyone crying out for him? I doubt it,considering that he didn’t matter to his mother anyway.Now we want our cash.I don’t have a clue as to how this woman feels about her abortion,and I know I shouldn’t judge her,but I just don’t feel that it’s right for her to keep any lawsuit cash rewards.

  19. I’m glad someone actually said “the baby is dead and in a trash can”…(not that we all didn’t think that anyway…)
    and now poor mama is injured and wants a ton of cash for what SHE went through.

    She already had 2 children? Obviously she knows what happens when you have sex.

    I’m sorry, but I have a HUGE problem with her cashing in on the consequences of her “choice”. This entire situation is a classic example of how SHE should have researched the risks involved in her “choice”. She’s 20 years old…she should have been more responsible from the get go. Call it “judging” or whatever…but the fact remains…she made her bed, now she’ll have to lay in it.

    I find it hard to have sympathy for her.
    One thing’s for sure…she won’t be having any more abortions.

    Just HOW exactly are we SUPPOSED to react to this???

  20. Robert Ferguson says:

    Frank,

    Sueing abortionists to get money is not the primary
    objective of a good prolife attorney.

    Botched abortion clients are sought to get INTO the record, the botched abortions that are mostly hidden with big dollar pay offs in a confidential settlement. The baby kiler has his attroneys go to the hospitals and get a settlement AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! They canbe there within the hour.

    The SOP with one baby killer who has deaths that I know of and many malpractice lawsuits is to have his attorney at the bedside w/ cash money and a check book taking care of the family’s needs as soon as possible. Their goal is to get a confidentiality agreement.

    When you’re talking about a poor black woman from south Centeral LA who does not have a pot to p^ss in…This may cost as little as keys to a new car and a few bucks.

    It is so difficult for the sidewalk ministry team to be able to get a prolife attorney to the hospital to be able to stop this sort of silencing game. The baby killer knows

    There is a good set of attorney’s who sue baby killers.

  21. Robert Ferguson says:

    It’s important to get botched abortions and deaths in to the public record!

    Jack Schuler for malpractice
    SchulerBrownLaw@aol.com

    Jack was the attorny that worked on Diana Lopez death. She was a friend of my daughter who died at PP in East LA and left two children.

    If not for the lawsuit ALL info would have been hidden, even who the abortionist was.

    Check out this website for more info. on her death and the importance of public records.

    http://www.angelfire.com/ex/dianalopez/

    Sueing abortionists to get money is not the primary
    objective of a good prolife attorney though it sure helps. It costs alot of money to do these things.

    Botched abortion clients are sought to get INTO the record, the botched abortions that are mostly hidden with big dollar pay offs in a confidential settlement. The baby killer has his attroneys go to the hospitals and get a settlement AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! They can
    be there within the hour.

    The SOP with one baby killer who has deaths that I know of and many malpractice lawsuits is to have his attorney at the bedside w/ cash money and a check book taking care of the family’s needs as soon as possible. Their goal is to get a confidentiality agreement.

    When you’re talking about a poor black woman from south Centeral LA who does not have a pot to p^ss in…This may cost as little as keys to a new car and a few bucks.

    It is so difficult for the sidewalk ministry team to be able to get a prolife attorney to the hospital to be able to stop this sort of silencing game.

    The baby killer knows WHERE the victim is going. We have no idea- nor do we even know her name.

    We have to follow the ambulance, and hope to get some info from a source at these hospitals. THEN call the LIFE friendly attorney.

    There is a good set of attorney’s who sue baby killers and help protect and defend sidewalk ministers for life.

    Jack Schuler for malpractice
    SchulerBrownLaw@aol.com

    Ackerman
    http://www.usjf.net

    Short
    http://www.lldf.org

    Life Legal is involved in a big lawsuit right now against PP over the NON REPORTING of a rape on a 13 year old who had an abortion there. They are in need of funding- to be able to get the records into public record. Suppenas, depositions, etc… all cost big bucks, especially when dealing with a billion dollar PP.

    http://www.lldf.org

  22. While we’re on the subject,I must share this. A woman I knew admitted to having 8 abortions-yes-8! She had 1 living child. She eventually had to undergo an emergency hysterectomy. She confided to me that the hysterectomy left her feeling very depressed. I was a tad shocked, and I asked her why she chose to have so many abortions. She replied that she never felt that she needed to use protection because of easy access to abortion. She went on to say that she did want more children when the time was right.Needless to say I felt no sympathy.Not when all of these childless couples want babies.Not when I know of women that have grieved over miscarriages.Not when I know of women that kept their children and told me that murder was not an option.I was glad that there was divine intervention in the case of that woman I knew.She wont be having another abortion in this life.She came off as being selfish once more.She would have kids when she was ready.Not anymore.Perhaps at 20 years old and 2 children later,Rasheedah should have considered a tubal ligation. Too late now.

  23. All_Life_IS_Precious says:

    Does this woman’s children know the reason for her being in the hospital? That she killed their baby brother or sister?

    She could have placed the baby for adoption. He or she would have two loving parents.

    I only feel a little bit sorry for this woman. She made a horrible choice and look at the consequences she has to face.

    And PP still hypes abortion as “Safe”.

  24. Maybe we need to place importance on motherhood and family values. Young girls see plenty of examples of sexuality to emulate and chastity is a word seldom heard.
    Sex is emphasized everywhere you look, and attracting the opposite sex is foremost in a lot of girls mind. And then of course, they have to figure out how to “keep the guy.” Motherhood is something they figure will happen at the end. Since marriage is not as popular or necessary for a sexual relationship, girls are desperate to find a means to maintain a relationship. Men do not have to commit to a relationship because sex is so readily available. Everyone has suffered the consequences of the freedom of our modern day thinking. The family as we once knew it has disintegrated. The one thing that hasn’t changed, babies are created from these uncertain relationships which noone wants to take responsibility for.
    Casual sex is at the root of the problem. If girls were taught to value themselves more, maybe they wouldn’t be giving their bodies to just anyone. Lack of self esteem in young girls is more rampant than ever. If “freedom of choice” is so popular, why do women feel so badly about theselves? We have created a “no boundaries mentality,”
    and as a result the respect for women no longer exists.
    Although women should have the same rights as men, the feminist movement has reduced our society to a degregation of women, motherhood and family in general.
    Now, anything goes! Women have bought into the idea.
    They don’t seem to know any better today; that their bodies are a temple of God, bought and paid for with the price of Jesus blood. Most would laugh at that. How can men respect women when they so easily succumb to easy sex and abortion on demand. Men have no reason to get married, and they especially don’t want the responsibility of a child from a casual sexual experience. The babies suffer the consequences of our immorality. If people feel they must engage in this lifestyle, they need to make sure they do not conceive a life. Babies should not be punished for the irresponsibility of our actions. Yes, I do believe we are becoming less patient and understanding of mothers who give their bodies over for illicit sex and then to the abortionist. The issue is that sex is so exalted in our world and the importance of motherhood and family is devalued. The emphasis should be on teaching young girls that they are special and worthy of being treated with respect. To provide birth control and assume that all girls are going to have sex, only promotes the idea that they are already devalued and it is permissable for the guys to go ahead and use them for the only thing they are worth. Sex without commitment only leaves women feeling alone and insecure, no matter what their age. Committment is the basis for conceiving a child. There is none, so that’s why we have abortion. Abortion is only the result of our years of conditioning that women should enjoy the same sexual freedom as men, and men have taken advantage of that. How is it that women have aquired the idea that a man is more important than a baby? Have you ever noticed how they actually “run” into the abortion clinic? Often the man drives off and comes back after it is all over! I presume all she is thinking of, is “getting back to her lifestyle, uninterrupted.” Promotion of better self esteem in girls should be part of the sex education received. Recognition of basic family values and the importance of motherhood needs to be emphasized. If one so chooses to indulge in premarital sex, use contraception. Why not? It’s better than abortion!

  25. I enjoyed reading your post Alayna.It was very well written! I learned from it for myself as well.It’s too bad that this isn’t taught in most families. It would be most helpful. Women do buy into a lot of this bs today. It’s easy to lose site of who we really are.With nothing but sex,sex,and more sex on the tube today-I can see where a lot of people can lose their way.Thanks again for a really great post that makes us think.

  26. I wanted to add;The femenists have also corrupted women and warped their minds.Nowadays we put families,motherhood,and fatherhood on the back burner.It’s all about working women,money.Who can land a man that makes $$$! Pressure for women to be stick-thin. People buy into this. Women are told”Hey,who needs a man?”and men are told”Who needs a woman??”To Echo what Alayna said;thus comes into play-casual sex.I personally know of several women that went to the abortion clinic after their sexual escapades were finished.They made it clear that the sex part was wonderful,but a baby??Forget about it!!It’s all just very,very sad.

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