AKRON, Ohio — Inside an Akron abortion clinic was not where Ariel Knights wanted to be. But after much anguish, she found herself walking through those clinic doors, joining a sea of women filling dozens of chairs stacking the waiting room.
“Every seat was full. People were standing,” she said. “It was pretty much like a slaughter house; it was like OK, next, next.”
When her name was called that March morning a year ago, she walked into a cramped room and climbed onto a table, positioning her lower body above a trash bag. When the doctor finished, Knights, still woozy from being sedated, was handed her things and shown the door.
Looking back on that day, Knights, the mother of a preschool-aged son, said she did what she felt needed to be done to protect herself and her family. Afflicted with uterus didelphys, going through with this new pregnancy could put the 22-year-old woman’s life at risk, doctors told her.
“It was a decision I made because my life was in danger,” she said. “I was put in jeopardy. And I have a son that I am supposed to be taking care of.”
A week after the clinic visit, Knights found herself in an ER where she would hear the news: She was still pregnant. About seven months later, she would give birth to a healthy 6-pound girl.
Knights doesn’t know what happened during the abortion procedure performed at the Akron Women’s Medical Group. She’s hoping for an answer as her malpractice lawsuit against the clinic makes its way through Summit County Common Pleas Court.
She is seeking unspecified damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress against the clinic and Dr. Raymond Robinson, the doctor who performed the procedure. The lawsuit was filed March 4 and has been assigned to Judge Amy Corrigall Jones.