Mass. Doctor Gets Six Months for Abortion Death

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A Massachusetts doctor will spend six months in jail for manslaughter after a woman died from an abortion procedure he performed.

Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was sentenced Tuesday in the 2007 death of 22-year-old Laura Smith.
The young woman was 13 weeks pregnant when she went to see the doctor at his Cape Cod clinic. She died later that day.
Prosecutors say the abortionist failed to monitor her while she was under anesthesia, delayed calling 911 when her heart stopped, and later lied to cover up his actions.

"My faith has been shattered because of this in the medical community," the victim's mother Eileen Smith said. "I thank God there's justice for my daughter this day. It won't bring her back. She was a gift to our lives."

Eileen Smith and her husband Tom adopted Laura after she was left in a Honduras orphanage and then abused by an American couple.

"You, sir, destroyed a precious flower that grew and ... blossomed in our lives, not accidentally, but purposely," Tom Smith said in court while he looked directly at Osathanondh.    

After serving his six-month sentence, Osathanondh will be confined to his home for nine months. He's also been banned from practicing or teaching medicine for life. And in a malpractice lawsuit, the abortionist was ordered to pay $2 million to the Smith family. 

"Nobody won," Eileen Smith said. "Laura got justice, but it's a tragedy all the way around."

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