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West Japan surgeon arrested on suspicion of aborting fetus without consent

Okayama Prefectural Police headquarters (Mainichi)

OKAYAMA -- A surgeon in this western Japan city was arrested Aug. 9 on suspicion of aborting a fetus without the pregnant woman's consent after putting her under anesthesia.

    Toshihiko Fujita, 33, a surgeon at Okayama Saiseikai General Hospital in the city's Kita Ward, is suspected of terminating the pregnancy of a woman in her 20s sometime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 17. He also stands accused of inflicting injuries resulting from the abortion. The injuries are projected to take about a week to heal. The woman was about two months pregnant.

    The suspect has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him.

    According to Okayama Prefectural Police, Fujita and the woman were acquaintances. When the woman consulted with Fujita about her pregnancy, he reportedly called her into the hospital, telling her that he would take a look at her. When she was seen by her OB-GYN two days after her meeting with Fujita, the doctor could not confirm the fetus's heartbeat. The OB-GYN then reported the situation to Okayama Nishi Police Station.

    The woman was quoted as telling police, "I was going to keep the baby. I won't forgive him. I passed out at the hospital."

    (Japanese original by Hanami Matsumuro and Kazuki Iwamoto, Okayama Bureau)

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