Abortion doctor charged with manslaughter in woman's death

2016-10-12 14:24


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - A doctor accused of botching a woman's abortion has been charged with manslaughter in her death, which came hours after she left his New York City office seeming disoriented, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Robert Rho pleaded not guilty in the 30-year-old woman's death. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the death tragic, but not criminal.

"This is a doctor who has been performing abortions safely and carefully for 23 years," Lichtman said.

But Queens District Attorney Robert Brown said Rho recklessly caused his patient's death by puncturing the wall of her uterus and slicing through an artery, and then by not giving her appropriate medical care.

Bleeding profusely after the July 9 procedure at his office in Queens, she needed another procedure and then was allowed to leave after it was done, despite having collapsed and seeming confused, prosecutors said.

While being driven to her sister's Bronx home, the woman fell off the back seat and became unresponsive, prosecutors said. A hospital gave her about six pints of blood to try to treat her vaginal bleeding, but she died that night.

Now free on $400 000 bond, Rho, 52, is an obstetrician and cosmetic surgeon. The phone at his office, Liberty Women Healthcare Queens, was out of service on Tuesday.

Deaths from abortion complications are rare, according to federal statistics. Two women died of such complications amid more than 730 000 abortions performed nationwide in 2011, the last year for which federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data are available. (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire didn't provide data.) A 2015 study of CDC data from 1998 to 2010 found an average of about 1.2 million abortions and 8 maternal deaths per year.

Over 600 women die each year in the US from pregnancy or delivery complications, according to the CDC.

Read more on:    us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.