New York doctor charged with manslaughter in botched abortion case

Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City physician is accused of causing the death of a patient in a botched abortion.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Tuesday that Dr. Robert Rho has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.

Authorities allege the patient died in July after a botched abortion procedure.

They say she was allowed to leave the health facility even though she had been bleeding profusely, collapsed and appeared disoriented.

She died that night at a hospital.

Rho's attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the death a "tragedy."

Lichtman says the doctor is highly respected has been performing abortions safely and carefully for 23 years without any issues.