An abortion clinic manager is under fire for failing to contact social services after a pregnant teenager turned up at her clinic with a “white van man.”
The 14-year-old girl came to the Calthorpe family planning clinic in Edgbaston, a district of Birmingham in England, and asked Moira Wilson for an abortion.
Justine Norman, a disciplinary investigation officer, said that the girl was accompanied by an adult man who did not appear to be a family relation. Norman had the opportunity to address Wilson during a hearing, The Daily Mail reported.
“This was a really weird scenario — a child turning up with a bloke in his 40s in a white van,” Norman said. “This incident was quite memorable and quite shocking.”
She added: “It was quite shocking in the disciplinary meeting because I remember that we gave you every opportunity to suggest that you would do things differently if you were presented with the same situation. It was specifically asked if you knew that this child was known to Social Services, would you do the same again, and you replied ‘Yes.’”
Wilson denies that she ever saw the “white van man.”
“I did not meet the girl before she arrived in the theater suite and at no time did I see the man in the van,” Wilson said. “When I did meet the girl she was in a very upset state and she told me not to ask her questions. In respect of my not contacting social services, in retrospect, following the training that I had, I would have been in a better position to have made a different decision.”
She added: “As I think I think I have already said, I don’t know why the girl was known to Social Services, whether it was because of this pregnancy or because of previous family matters. I don’t know and I have no way of knowing what happened to the girl following her procedure. That is all I want to say.”