Suit: Hospital Pressured Woman To Have Abortion

Steve Miller
April 11, 2019 - 5:14 pm

Reneizha Morris, left, talks at a news conference with her attorney. (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 24-year-old Peoria woman is suing the hospital she says accidentally gave her a harmful injection when she was pregnant – and then, she claims, pressured her into having an abortion.

"When I found out I was pregnant in the hospital, I was very happy.  I have two beautiful boys and I hoped I might have a girl this time,” Reneizha Morris said at a news conference Thursday in Chicago.

A year and a half ago, she was at Methodist Medical Center and was given an injection of Methotrexate, which is sometimes used with an ectopic pregnancy.

But Morris and her attorney said that was not the case here.

The injection, they say, was a mistake and if the baby survived at all, the child likely would have had birth defects.

Morris said the hospital pressured her to have an abortion so that the hospital wouldn't have to pay for the care of a child with birth defects.

"When I was told there was a mistake and my baby might not make it, I was devastated,” she said. “The doctors at the hospital pressured me to have an abortion. I was sad and I was overwhelmed and I felt completely alone."

Morris says the hospital paid her $2,000 and she did have an abortion.

Now, she's suing the hospital.

A spokesman for Unity Point Health says in a statement: "Patient privacy laws prevent us from discussing any individual’s care.  At UnityPoint Health, we respect all patient rights in every aspect of the care we provide."