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W.Va. abortion provider denies lawsuit allegations


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A Charleston abortion provider is denying a lawsuit's allegations that it ignored a woman's wishes to stop the procedure.

Attorneys for the Women's Health Center and Dr. Rodney Lee Stephens say in a court filing that Itai Gravely didn't tell them to stop the abortion. They also denied Gravely's claim that she was improperly medicated.

Gravely's lawsuit also claims the doctor left the fetus' head inside her uterus.

In their response to the lawsuit, lawyers for the center and Stephens say that Gravely was told that "retained fragments and tissue" could remain after the abortion. This could lead to the need for further medical attention.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the response was filed Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

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