By Hilary White

VANCOUVER, October 19, 2006 ( – Dr. Garson Romalis is being sued by a former patient for having botched a late-term abortion. A statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court by Karin Smith says Romalis prescribed a “three-day therapeutic termination procedure” to kill and expel the body of her 18 week-old baby who had been diagnosed with the genetic condition called trisomy 13.

The morning after Romalis aborted the child on November 4, 2004, Smith “was awakened by severe pain in her lower back and her night and bedclothes were wet from perspiration, and [Smith] was unable to get out of bed without assistance.”

Smith claims that Romalis failed to provide adequate after-care for the abortion and that he “owed a duty to the plaintiff to exercise the reasonable care, skill, diligence, competence and good judgment of a medical practitioner in his area of expertise in diagnosing, treating and caring for the plaintiff.”

Smith’s claim says she was wracked by pain for nearly two weeks before doctors diagnosed meningitis.

The Province reports that Smith’s writ alleges the substandard medical care she received from Romalis led to a stroke requiring open-heart surgery, permanent brain damage, arthritic pain, numbness in her fingers and toes, severe migraines, nausea, depression and anxiety.

Romalis became the poster-child for the abortion movement when, in 2000 he survived being stabbed and the attack was later used by the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League to discredit the newly elected leader of the Canadian Alliance party, Stockwell Day.

Six years earlier, Romalis had survived a shooting. The attacks were also used by then British Columbia Premier, Ujjal Dosanjh, to justify draconian laws, unchanged since then, restricting religious expression and assembly.