Some really exciting news today. Kimberly Turbin finally had her first day in court. (You can read the whole back story here)

LA County Superior Court Judge Benny C. Osorio has ruled that Turbin v. Abbassi was properly and timely plead as a battery lawsuit. The judge was not interested in the other side’s insinuations that the episiotomy was necessary and a decision for the doctor to make. Judge Osorio inquired why there were so many people in the courtroom, and Improving Birth President Dawn Thompson promptly informed his clerk that this is an unprecedented case of national interest about the legal rights of childbearing people, and that the women in the courtroom represented a cross section of Kimberly’s supporters.  Asked how she feels, Kimberly said, “I feel like crying. That the judge agreed it was a battery makes me feel validated.”

Raising money for Kimberly’s case is an ongoing goal. We’ve only reached 28% so far. Please consider a contribution to her case. https://www.crowdrise.com/kellygoestocourt/fundraiser/improvingbirth

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dawn Thompson
Phone: 760 840 8723

LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Benny C. Osorio today ruled in favor of Improving Birth-backed plaintiff, Kimberly Turbin, in the landmark assault lawsuit of Turbin v. Abbassi.  Following oral arguments from attorneys for each of Turbin and Abbassi, Judge Osorio ruled that Ms. Turbin properly and timely pled her case as a battery, allowing the lawsuit to continue.

Turbin v. Abbassi was originally filed pro se by Ms. Turbin in April 2015 to seek redress and accountability for a twelve (12) cut episiotomy imposed against her will by former obstetrician Alex Abbassi during the birth of her son in 2013.  The incident was captured on a home video of Ms. Turbin’s delivery which has garnered nearly half a million views on YouTube.

Not long after filing pro se, Ms. Turbin retained the services of renowned Sacramento civil rights attorney Mark Merin.  Mr. Abbassi surrendered his medical license soon thereafter, during an investigation conducted by the Medical Board of California.

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  1. Praise Goddess……….it is time women stand up for women and women are treated with deep care and respect in childbirth…..

    Vanita Lott, Certified Nurse Midwife
    Nevada City, CA

  2. Dr Robyn Thompson says:

    Clearly medicine needs to redress their anatomy of the female body. The perineal muscle is one of the strongest and most resilient muscles of the female body. This muscle, given the chance, without force and by encouraging breathing the descending baby’s presenting part, this muscle stretches in multiple directions to accommodate the woman to give birth to her baby. Incision of this muscle unnecessarily or encouraging women to “push” is more likely to result in tearing. Tearing of this muscle is more likely to occur if the woman is lying down on her back, or if she is forcing the effort to “push” under instruction (in any position). It’s about time women were recognised for their ability to do what they do best, giving birth is an overwhelming, amazing experience, please ‘be with’ and encourage gentle womanly birth.

  3. Dr Robyn Thompson says:

    Clearly medicine needs to redress their anatomy of the female body. The perineal muscle is one of the strongest and most resilient muscles of the female body. This muscle, given the chance, without force and by encouraging breathing the descending baby’s presenting part over the muscle, stretches in multiple directions to accomodate the woman to give birth to her baby. Incision of this muscle unnecessarily or encourage women to “push” is more likely to result in tearing. Tearing of this muscle is more likely to occur f she is lying down on her back, or if she is forcing the effort to “push” under instruction (in any position). It’s about time women were recognised for their ability to do what they do best, giving birth is an overwhelming amazing experience, please ‘be with’ and encourage gentle womanly birth.

  4. Assault and Battery is what I named the assault on women at PANCH by obstetrician Ian Maxwell(vale). I used the words and police. Matron told me to remove me and students from hospital.1996. Hospital now Hotel. assault was my observation of vaginal examination. Without speaking to women with two other male observers was routine for 9 other women. I called him aside. Matron told me drs were more important! Board backed me & students A student observed manual removal of placenta no gloves no analgesic. Same doctor.
    Same week. I was present at previous assault. Caesarean rates another example in Australia. Freemasons in Melbourne leads the way in risk of NVB avoidance.

  5. Deena Scintilla says:

    Justice! I only wish that more women will come forward. I was taught in nursing school decades ago that even trimming a patient’s nails without permission could be considered assault/battery, but I’ve seen so many unnecessary procedures done in obstetrics without consent. I’ve been a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator and a doula so I’ve seen a lot.

    My niece had a hurried, botched, unnecessary episiotomy from a doctor she had never met who was covering for hers. Walked into the room, promptly prepared to cut while her husband said “what are you doing, she doesn’t want…” but he cut anyway. Pulled the 6 lb baby out so he could hurry to another delivery. She sustained a 4th degree tear at the age of 23, had fecal incontinence that required her to give herself an enema every morning before she went to work. Other doctors were appalled as she went for consult after consult but NONE would put anything in writing to go to court. Eventually, after doing pelvic floor exercises for a yr per her surgeon, she had corrective surgery. He said her pelvic floor was in such bad shape that she had to do exercises to get to a place where the surgery would have a chance to work. Unfortunately, she still has problems but not as extreme. What he did to her was indeed criminal.

    As you can see, I’m still angry and it’s been 16 yrs. Thank you for what you do.

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