KTLA NewsJuly 16, 2008, 10:10 AM PDTLOS ANGELES — A woman has settled her lawsuit against Los Angeles County involving the disposal of her infant daughter as “bio-waste” after she had an abortion.
36-year-old Yolanda Garnett filed the negligence lawsuit September 25, 2007 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit stated Garnett had asked the Coroner’s office to return her daughter’s body for burial after an autopsy was performed but was told the aborted fetus was deemed bio-waste and thrown out.
According to court papers filed by attorneys for the county, Garnett underwent an abortion on Feb. 20, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when her fetus was 19 weeks old. Because the second of two autopsies showed the fetus’ death was caused by an abortion, a death certificate could not be created and a burial or cremation permit could not be issued, the county’s court papers state.
“Under those circumstances the remains could not be released to the next of kin, so the fetal remains were disposed of as a specimen per Department of Coroner policy,” the county’s court papers state. The terms of the settlement were not divulged in a notice of settlement document filed with the court July 9 by Garnett’s lawyer, J. Barry Moses.
Neither Moses nor Linda D. Carlson, an attorney for the county, could be immediately reached for comment.
It’s not known why Garnett decided to terminate the pregnancy.
Above is the actual text of the article. I can’t believe that the woman choose to terminate her pregnancy then wanted to bury the baby. You can’t have it both ways, either it’s a life and murder or it’s not and then it’s biowaste. Unbelievable!