Accidental abortion at Air Force hospital — this week’s Air Force Times


It’s the nightmare scenario: A pregnant woman goes to the hospital at Langley Air Force Base, Va., for prenatal care, but  a doctor-ordered medical procedure allegedly aborts the 11-week-old fetus.

Read how the woman has filed a $1.7 million lawsuit against the government over the tragic mistake.

Also in this week’s edition, a senior airman charged in connection with the death of a 22-month-old girl at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, is slated to stand trial on March 4.

Christopher Perez, of the 7th Security Forces Squadron, is accused of not reporting maltreatment of his girlfriend’s three young children, one of whom died from malnutrition and dehydration in August.

In other news, Tech Sgt. Elwood Wooden’s 11-year-old son is often denied child care services because he has epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

In one case, Wooden, a single parent, was told that his son could not participate in a summer program because his son’s disabilities posed a health and safety risk and exceeded the program’s ability to provide “reasonable accommodations.”

Meanwhile, Air Force Space Command is allowing some airmen to use their iPhones to check their work email and take their iPads to the flight line as part of an effort to integrate mobile devices other than BlackBerrys into Air Force networks.

And as the Air Force and other services face diminishing budgets, they may have to work more closely to develop the next fleet of unmanned aircraft.

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