How do I locate an abortion provider in the database?
Go to the home page and click on your state to see all available data for your region. If
you already have a particular facility or doctor in mind, enter the name in the search
bar in the upper right hand corner. Specificity helps, especially if the abortion facility
is part of a nationwide chain; for instance, if you are in Wilmington, DE, you'll want to
search "Planned Parenthood Delaware" rather than just "Planned Parenthood."
What happens after an abortion malpractice lawsuit is filed?
As a general matter, only a small fraction of all civil lawsuits wind up going to trial
before a judge or jury. The same is true of medical malpractice lawsuits for abortion
The majority of abortion malpractice lawsuits settle out of court. A settlement occurs
when an abortion doctor, clinic, and/or insurer decides that it's not worth it to go to
trial. The defendant(s) will pay the plaintiff a negotiated amount of money, and in
exchange, the plaintiff drops the case. The defendants can enter a settlement with
or without admitting fault, and the amount of money paid to the plaintiff is usually
confidential. Some settlement agreements include additional terms, such as requiring
the parties to refrain from talking to the media about the case.
If the parties cannot agree on a settlement, the case goes to trial. If a plaintiff wins at
trial, rather than settling out of court, that fact should be noted on the page for that
abortion doctor or center. If a plaintiff loses at trial, the case should not be listed in our
database at all – please let us know if such a case has accidentally been included.
I can't find my abortion provider in the database. Does that mean they've never committed malpractice?
Not necessarily. There are a number of reasons why a malpractice case may not come to
- Some women who are injured in abortion do not sue because they are simply
unaware of their rights (e.g., women who are young or new to the country), or
because they do not have the resources to go to court.
- In some instances, a settlement takes place before the lawsuit is even filed; the
threat of a lawsuit is enough to initiate the negotiations. In these cases, there
may not be any public record of the injuries.
- Even if a record of malpractice exists, AbortionSafety.com may not have a local
volunteer to locate the record.
For all of these reasons, AbortionSafety.com does not guarantee that any abortion
provider is 100% safe. All surgery has risks, and we encourage you to supplement what
you learn from this database with your own research.
What should I do if I have been injured in an abortion?
Every case is unique, and AbortionSafety.com does not give personalized legal advice.
We recommend that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Do not put it off;
depending on where you live, there may be a time limit on your claim. If you cannot
afford to pay an attorney up front, you may want to consider an attorney who will work
for a contingent fee.