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.”
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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.