Monday, December 31, 2007

Searches: Llewelyn Crooks, phony docs, and an abortion suicide

  • Llewelyn Crooks lawsuit. Perhaps regarding the death of Brenda Banks? Brenda's uterus had been perforated and several major blood vessels had been cut or severed entirely during a safe and legal abortion performed by Crooks. Her survivors were unable to collect damages from Crooks and Hillcrest because Crooks' insurance company was insolvent, and Hillcrest carried no insurance.

  • phony docs. Alicia Hanna was passing herself off as a doctor when she performed the fatal abortion on Angela Sanchez. Barbara Lofton was passing herself off as a doctor at Maryland's notorious Hillview abortion mill, where Suzanne Logan and Debra Gray underwent their fatal abortions -- performed, ironically, by Gideon Kioko, who actually was a physician. I know there are other cases but I can't remember any of them offhand.

  • Haley Mason is the psuedonom Donetta Robben gave her niece, who committed suicide in 2001 in anguish over her abortion.
  • Anniversary: Shoved out the door to bleed to death

    Eighteen-year-old Sylvia Moore underwent an abortion at the hands of Arnold Bickham (pictured) on New Year's Eve of 1986. She was in the second trimester of her pregnancy, but Bickham used a suction technique suitable for a first-trimester pregnancy. After the abortion, Bickham gave Sylvia repeated injections of Demerol because she was reporting severe abdominal cramps.

    According to Sylvia's mother, Sylvia was bleeding, weak, and unable to walk. When Sylvia tried to get to her feet and collapsed, Bickham called her "lazy," put her in a wheelchair, and physically ejected her from his Chicago clinic.

    Sylvia's mother took her to a nearby hospital, where staff tried in vain to save Sylvia, who had arrived with no pulse and no blood pressure. An emergency hysterectomy was done to remove her lacerated uterus, which still had a plastic instrument embedded in it. The instrument was embedded in a 6.5 cm laceration, and Sylvia also had a 2.2 cm laceration of her vagina. Sylvia bled to death.

    Bickham claimed that he "didn't think there was anything wrong" with Sylvia, and said that he'd merely been helping her with the wheelchair. He blamed Sylvia's death on the hospital, saying, "They were successful in repairing the damage done in the abortion, but in doing that, they perforated an artery causing there to be blood loss in the chest cavity. That was something she was not able to survive." The autopsy report, however, noted the chest tube incision but noted "lungs are well expanded and the pleural cavities are free of fluid and adhesions." An attorney with the Department of Professional Regulation said, "This patient would never have been allowed to leave Bickham's clinic with her mother.

    The postmortum report said: "The circumstances of injury, review of the Medical records, the findings at autopsy examination, and subsequent investigation of the circumstances of the case provide evidence of gross negligence and abandonment on the part of the original treating physician. In consideration of the above, the manner of death is determined to be Homicide." However, no charges were pressed against Bickham.

    The suit filed by Sylvia's survivors noted that Bickahm had failed to perform an ultrasound, and failed to have adequate staff or equipment. The specimen of abortion tissue sent from clinic contained segments of placental tissue, umbilical cord, and fetal intestinal parts and liver.

    Sylvia left one child motherless.

    Bickham's license was revoked by Illinois in October of 1988 due to Sylvia's death. He was arrested in September of 1989 for practicing medicine without license, and sentenced to 30 months probation and 2,600 hours of community service in lieu of 6 months jail, in addition to a $10,000 fine.

    Sunday, December 30, 2007

    Clearing up what they're really all about

    Longtime life activist Ed Snell of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was seriously injured when a man pushed him off the top of his car outside the Hillcrest abortion mill.

    Ed and his wife and children frequently took troubled young women into their home. They cared for a woman's children while she was in prison. They've always been there when they're needed. Ed may be a thorn in Hillcrest's side, but he's a kind, gentle man who would give you the shirt off his back.

    Then, when some young punk pushed him to the ground, causing the 69-year-old man head trauma, multiple spinal fractures, a broken shoulder blade and other injuries, the compassionate response of Hillcrest staff was to say that Ed "got what he deserved".

    After New Year's I think I'll call Hillcrest and ask if they also think Kelly Morse got what she deserved.

    Police refused to arrest the perpetrator, even as they were watching the wounded elderly man being loaded into an ambulance.

    I guess it is really all about might making right. It's okay to kill the unborn because they're young and small and helpless, and it's okay to nearly cripple an old man because he's weak and fragile. It's all about the young, strong, and healthy getting whatever the hell they want, regardless of the cost to anybody else.

    Thank you, Hillcrest and the Harrisburg police department for clearing that up.

    HT: Catholic Musings

    Babies as consumer goods

    Outsourcing your pregnancy is becoming increasingly popular, it seems, since surrogate moms are much cheaper in India.

    Now, infertility is a heartbreaking thing. I'm not belittling the anguish of dealing with that. But this idea that kids are a consumer good that you order from overseas because it's cheaper that way is a bit of a problem for me.

    I wonder how many of the women hiring somebody to have a baby for them are the same ones insisting that we need abortion because there are so many kids who already need homes. You know, people who have the money and the resources to adopt, but just choose otherwise, becasue, you know, it's all about them choosing what they want. Because what they want is all that matters.

    Just curious.

    Anniversary: Back alley death in Chicago

    On December 30, 1924, 21-year-old Agnes Nazar died at Chicago's St. Joseph's Hospital from an abortion performed earlier that day. On January 6, 1925, Rogie Hatal, whose profession was not listed in the source documents, was held by the coroner as the guilty abortionist. Mike Nazar, whose relationship to Agnes is not listed, was arrested as an accessory, as was Sarah Babian. Hatal was indicted for felony murder on February 15, 1925.



    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    Anniversary: The macabre fate of Jacqueline Smith

    Over the years, may details of the Jacqueline Smith case have been muddled, and the story often is dismissed as an urban legend. But strange and macabre as the story is, it was all too true.

    Jackie was a 20-year-old fashion designer from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who had moved to New York City to start a career as a fashion designer. She took an apartment with two other women, but began spending more and more time with her boyfriend, Thomas G. Daniels, age 24. She all but moved in with him.

    On December 30, 1955, Jackie's father arrived for a visit, but there was no sign of his daughter. He met with Daniels and the two of them went to the police to report her missing. The police were quickly suspicious of Daniels and began to question him more closely. Daniels finally told police that Jackie had gone into the bathroom and stabbed herself to death due to his refusal to marry her, and that he had dumped her body in the Hudson River.

    This story didn't hold water, and the police pressed Daniel until the story came out. Jackie had told Daniels that she was pregnant. Daniels did not want to marry Jackie and instead arranged for a scrub nurse, Leobaldo Pejuan, to perform an abortion at Daniels' apartment on Christmas Eve. After performing the abortion, Pejuan became alarmed at Jackie's condition, and summoned Dr. Ramiro Morales, who told him that Jackie was dead.

    Daniels and Pejuan cut Jackie's body into pieces and took it to Pejuan's home, where over the next several days they cut into as many as 50 pieces, which they wrapped in Christmas paper and disposed of in trash cans along side streets off Broadway, from 72nd to 80th.

    Police investigated, and found medical instruments in Pejuan's apartment. Pejuan pleaded guilty and testified against Daniels. Pejuan was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison, and Daniels was sentenced to 8 years.

    Saturday, December 29, 2007

    Who says you need two legs to dance?



    Thanx, Pat!

    Four safe and legal annivesaries, one pre-dating Roe

  • "Beth" was 23 years old when she traveled from Massachusetts to New York for a safe and legal abortion in 1971. The abortion was initiated by injecting saline into Beth's uterus. But instead of the amniotic sac, the saline went into Beth's bloodstream. Beth immediately began to have siezures and went into a coma. She was pronounced dead on December 29, 1971.

  • Mary Ann Page was 36 years old when she went into cardiac arrest during an abortion/tubal ligation performed under general anesthesia on December 28, 1977. Both procedures were completed, then Mary Ann was taken to the Intensive Care Unit. Mary Ann suffered several more cardiac arrests while she was in the ICU. She was pronounced dead on December 29, 1977.

  • On December 29, 1987, 31-year-old Sheila Watley had an abortion at Concerned Women's Center in Houston, Texas. She was 17 weeks pregnant, and had one child. The abortion was performed by Dr. Richard Cunningham. About four minutes into the procedure, Sheila went into cardio-respiratory arrest. She was pronounced dead later that day. The cause of death was listed as an amniotic fluid embolism, which is when fluid from the uterus gets into the woman's blood stream.

  • Hoa Thuy "Vivian" Tran, like Holly Patterson, got her abortion drugs at a Planned Parenthood. Vivian was 22 years old, and died December 29, 2003, six days into the abortion process. The autopsy showed that she died of sepsis.

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  • Friday, December 28, 2007

    It's even worse than I remembered

    For those of you too young to remember, you might want to keep your minds unsullied. It's -- William --- Shatner's --- dramatic rendition -- of -- Rocket --- Man!

    Broken link fixed, updated

    I had a number of dead links because of the way my pages transferred from the old About.com site to the new RealChoice site. Well, one of them got pointed out and I've fixed it by building a new page: Ana Rosa vs. the National Abortion Federation, about how National Abortion Federation member Abu Hayat, the same guy who performed the fatal abortion on Sophie McCoy, tried to perform an illegal third-trimester abortion in his New York office, resulting in the birth of a maimed baby, her right arm traumatically amputated at the shoulder.

    New quackery page: Saihb Sinuhe Halil

    Saihb Sinuhe Halil lost his medical license, thank God, over the care of these three patients:

    The medical board addressed the care of patient T.G., age 19. I will call her Thelma. The following account comes from California medical board Case No. D-5193, OAH Case No. L-60576.

    Thelma was 22 weeks pregnant when she went to Women's Medical Center of Los Angeles on December 28, 1988. Halil performed the first of two pre-abortion laminaria insertions. The medical board noted failure to perform an examination prior to planning surgery, and a lack of informed consent.

    After a change of laminaria on the 29th, Thelma returned on December 30 for her abortion. Despite what Halil clearly knew, from the two laminaria changes, was an advanced pregnancy, he first attempted to perform a suction abortion without any anesthesia. Thelma, in so much pain that she had difficulty remaining still, repeatedly screamed, "You're killing me!" "I'm dying!" "Stop!" and "I can't stand the pain!" She lost consciousness multiple times.

    There was no mystery to why Thelma was in such horrible pain; Halil had pulled so hard on her internal structures that he bent his forceps, then "broke the sterile field by using an unsterilized pair of desk scissors to cut inner body organs of [Thelma]." Halil pulled out Thelma's right ovary and fallopian tube, severed her left fallopian tube, and caused a large uterine rupture. He "lacerated and rendered necrotic almost four feet of small intestine" and "left the fetus floating in the abdominal cavity."

    Halil didn't monitor Thelma's blood loss during the procedure, then delayed transferring her to a hospital and delayed his own arrival to treat her, allowing her to go into potentially fatal hypovolemic shock from blood loss.

    Before transferring her, Halil had gotten Thelma to consent to a diagnostic laparoscopy at the hospital, but instead Halil "proceeded to perform a full invasive surgical procedure." He worked to repair "what was left of her uterus," and removed of about 4 feet of her small intestine. After surgery, Halil instructed Thelma to return for follow-up care.

    Thelma attended regular follow-up appointments January through May of 1989. During those visits, Halil did not inform Thelma of "the full extent of damage she had sustained as a result of the abortion."

    To add creepiness to his other wrongdoing, while Thelma was at Halil's office for appointments, he "kissed her face and lips, caressed her face, rubbed her shoulders, and suggested they go out together," Thelma accepted an invitation to go to lunch. "While at lunch, [Halil] rubbed her thigh, knee, and shoulders, hugged and kissed her, and told her he would like to see more of her. After that luncheon, [Thelma] terminated all contact."

    I have information on two other cases involving Halil:

    Martha H., age 20, filed suit against Halil, and the medical board investigated her case. She went to La Clinica Feminina on November 23, 1988, for a 7-week abortion to be performed by Halil. He failed to perform a proper examination of Martha before proceeding. He punctured her uterus twice and her bowel at least once, but neither informed Martha of this nor noted it on her chart. He allowed his unlicensed staff to make the decision to discharge the patient from the facility. On November 27 she was admitted to a hospital, and there the inuries were discovered and surgically treated. On December 20 she had to be again admitted to the hospital and required additional surgery to treat a bowel obstruction, periappendicitis, and peritonitis. (LA County Superior Court Case No. C720334; Los Angeles Times 7-6-93; California medical board Case No. D-5193, OAH Case No. L-60576)

    The medical board investigated the case of Vivian Q. Vivian underwent laminaria insertion by Halil at La Clinica Femenina on November 3, 1987. Halil did not perform an adequate physical examination or properly determine the gestational age. As a result he did not use enough laminaria to adequately dilate Vivian's cervix. "[Halil] halted the procedure because he suspected he had perforated the patient's uterus." Halil performed an ultrasound, which "determined that the pregnancy was still intact (albeit with a maimed fetus)." Rather than accurately charting this or informing Vivian, he discharged her. On November 7, Vivian was admitted to the hospital, suffering from a perforated utuers and a necrotic sigmoid colon. She required a colostomy and surgery to repair her uterus. One bright spot was that on February 28, doctors were able to repair her bowel and restore normal function without the colostomy. (Los Angeles Times 7-6-93; California medical board Case No. D-5193, OAH Case No. L-60576)

    Searches: Seth again, scars, diaper-clad perverts, and more

  • Seth Gilbertson is one of the people who signed a Planned Parenthood petition trying to shut down CPCs. Seth said, "Every woman should have the ability to recieve balanced information so they can make their own decisions." Like when Planned Parenthood told my babysitter that her 8-week fetus was "just like a blood clot"? Like the way Planned Parentood told Cristi Stile they were referring her to a "safe" facility, and they sent her to one with no crash cart? Cristi has been incapacitated since that ever so safe abortion. How about the way PP endangered the lives of women with their lies that the anesthesia given to the mother in a late-term abortion kills the fetus? Obstetricians were faced with sick moms who didn't want to consent to desperately-needed surgery because PP's lies convinced them that they would be endangering their loved and wanted babies. How about the lies PP told you to get you to sign the petition in the first place? Or did you know it was a lie, Seth? Were you scammed, or one of the scammers?

  • Abortion scars.

  • Perverts in diapers. There's an oddball search for you. And as it happens, I do have just such a pervet in my files: that classy provider of vital reproductive health care services, Milan Chepko.

  • ambivalence first trimester. Normal. And typically self-limiting. And when it resolves, it resolves with a vengeance, as can be attested to by women who go so far as to actually go through with an abortion, only to change their minds and decide they want the baby after all when the abortion fails. Why aren't women told this before they go through with what's usually an irreversible decision?

  • infection after abortion. I have 73 cases listed here. A sample: Marla Cardamone was browbeaten into an unwanted abortion by a social worker at Magee Women's Hospital. Betty Damato was given a trash bag, and instructions to collect whatever she expelled in the bag and bring it to her abortion provider. Edrica Greene died on Valentine's Day of 2007, after a nurse at Planned Parenthood ignored a vaginal infection and inserted laminaria anyway. Carolina Gutierrez suffered multiple amputations before finally dying of sepsis from her safe and legal abortion. Susan Levy was found dead in the car she had been living in. Maria Lira: An autopsy found a decomposing fetus in her uterus. Yvonne Mesteth was the second of two patients to die of infection after abortions by erstwhile criminal abortionist Benjamin Munson. Germaine Newman had a second-trimester abortion performed by Dr. E. Wyman Garrett in Newark, New Jersey. The next morning, her mother found her lying dead on the bathroom floor. Allegra Roseberry was falsely told her baby was "doomed" in order to convince her to abort. Tamia Russell was brought to Womancare in Detroit for an illegal third trimester abortion -- at the behest of her abuser's sister.

  • inventors of public health achievements. Public works engineers, truck drivers, and the people who made refrigeration widely available, for the most part. Not, as the CDC and other abortion enthusiasts would have you believe, the Roe Court.
  • Searches: Parsley and pennyroyal, perforated bowel, and more

  • parsley tea safe pregnant. No. In fact, it's used by some women as an abortifacient.

  • abortion tea pennyroyal recipe. You'll not get it from me. First of all, I'm not going to help anybody kill their fetus. Second of all, I'm not going to help anybody end up like Kris Humphrey and Penny Roe.

  • Perforated bowel. A National Abortion Federation abortionist describes his "cross your fingers" method for dealing with bowel perforations. Then there was this case in Michigan, involving an illegal 28-week abortion performed by Dr. Jose Gilberto Higuera. Steve Brigham perforated a woman's bowel during an abortion performed in his New York office. Marcia L. suffered a perforated bowel during an abortion performed by Phillip Rand. Fatal, during an abortion: Moris Helen Herron and Sharon Hamptlon in California, Ellen Williams in Florida, Julie Roe in New York, Sharon Davis in New Mexico, and Jammie Garcia in Texas, off the top of my head.

  • Failed abortion. There's another term for that. It's The Dreaded Complication, aka a live baby.

  • Anencephaly pictures. Go to Be Not Afraid, read the stories, and see the pictures.

  • Anesthesia deaths. During abortions.

  • Aborting a 20-week fetus Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

  • Cherise Mosley Hughes is the young Texas woman who sued a National Abortion Federation member abortion clinic for taking her fake I.D. as legit and thus performing an abortion on her in violation of parental consent laws. The abortionist, by the way, was none other than Douglas Karpen, who has a pretty spotty history with teenage patients, including the death of 15-year-old Denise Montoya a 16-year-old girl put through the ordeal of watching her baby die of prematurity after his refusal to remove laminaria and help her continue her pregnancy after she had changed her mind about aborting.



  • George Kabacy is the Planned Parenthood abortionist who pleaded guilty to possession of over 8,000 pornographic images of children, including shots that involved bondage or bestiality.
  • Thursday, December 27, 2007

    Today's searches: Quacks, abortion as birth control, nastiness, and complications

  • Dr. Daniel McBrayer : Atlanta Surgi-Center, Atlanta, GA. National Abortion Federation member responsible for the death of Catherine Pierce, who lingered for months in a coma caused by an apparent anesthesia screw-up during her safe and legal abortion.



  • Are abortions used as birth control? A better question would be "How often are abortions used as birth control?" The answer depending on how you define "using abortion as birth control". The hard-liners, defining "abortion as birth control" as any abortion chosen because the woman doesn't want to have the baby, put the "abortions as birth control" rate at 95%. The middle ground, judging by repeat abortions, puts "abortions as birth control" at 45%. And the most conservative count, just counting abortions on women who weren't using contraception, put "abortions as birth control" at 42%. Even the low end, the conservative estimate of 42%, is still, by anybody's reckoning, a lot of abortions.

  • Laura Hope Smith (pictured) died on the abortion table at Women Health Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts, under the care of Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, this past September. Osathanondh had put Laura under general anesthesia although he was being assisted only by a receptionist.

  • Gardasil debate. The question seeming to be "Are our daughters just a bunch of rutting ginuea pigs that we can test experimental drugs on? Or are they people who deserve to be treated as individuals?"

  • 14-week abortions. Probably more about them than the searcher really wanted to know.

  • Nasty stuff. A popular search. I've provided nastiness here, here, and here.

  • Coagulopathy. Fatal, from abortion: Angel Dardie, Sophie McCoy, Vanessa Preston, Patricia Chacon, Rhonda Rollinson, Rosa Roe, Nichole Williams, Nancy Roe, Kris Humphrey, Sherri Roe, Erica Roe, Rosie Jimenez, Christi Roe.

  • Darlene Wood died of anesthesia complications after a safe and legal abortion at Temple University Hospital, performed by Renga Rajan, who was also sued over the safe and legal abortion death of Iris Velazquez.

  • Ruptured uterus after abortion: Laura A. (scroll down) at San Vicente Hospital (survived); Jackie Bailey at Pacific Glen Hospital (fatal); Brittany under the care of Nabil Ghali (survived); Cheryl Tubbs at Pacific Glen Hospital (fatal); Serena Roe (fatal); Magdalena Rodriguez under the care of Suresh Gandotra (fatal); Rhonda B. (scroll down) at Chattanooga Women's Clinic (survived); Janet C. at Inglewood (survived); Diana S. under the care of Rebecca Stanley (survived); an unnamed patient (scroll down) at the same Planned Parenthood that performed the fatal abortion on Diana Lopez (pictured, with her children); Mindi at A - Z, the same facility where Lou Anne Herron and Lisa Bardsley underwent their fatal abortions; Gail Roe (fatal). More cases are written up here.

  • Douglas Karpen is the Texas provider of vital reproductive health care services who performed the fatal abortion on Denise Montoya

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  • Today's Quackfest

  • Benjamin Munson was the former South Dakota criminal abortionist who went on to kill two women -- Linda Padfield and Yvonne Mesteth -- in safe and legal abortions after Roe. That makes Munson the third legalized "back alley butcher" I know about who went on to kill two abortion patients after legalization. The other two are Milan Vuitch (Georgianna English and Wilma Harris) and Jesse Ketchum (Margaret Smith and Carole Schaner).

  • Rudolph Moragne is the provider of vital reproductive health care services who provided Diane Watson and Magnolia Thomas with their safe and lethal abortions.

  • Abu Hayat was the Queens quack who provided fatal vital reproductive health care services to Sophie McCoy and ripped the arm off Ana Rosa Rodriguez during an illegal third-trimester abortion he was performing on her mother. Hayat was a member of the National Abortion Federation.
  • Anniversary: Safe and legal abortion leads to infection, death, for teen

    Arnetta Hardaway was 18 years old when she had a mid-trimester abortion performed by Dr. George Tucker in Atlanta on December 23, 1985. Arnetta continued to bleed, and developed infection, after her abortion. On December 27, she died from her complications.

    Tucker had an active medical board order on his license as of January 4, 2002. The Georgia medical board web site does not reveal the details of the order.

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    Wednesday, December 26, 2007

    "That's the pain talking"

    I remember when I was in labor with my daughter. When the pain got to be so bad that I had dry heaves and was going into spasms on the bed, I begged for drugs. The midwife sat down with me and very patiently explained to me that this was the pain talking, that I -- the me that was rational and not thrashing around in pain -- wanted to try to do this without drugs.

    Pam wanted to make sure that I made a rational choice about how to deal with the pain. She took the better part of an hour, using snatches of time between contractions, to find out how much was me changing my mind based on how much pain there actually was verus how much I'd anticipated. We talked about what my values were, what my reflections on this experience were going to be after my baby was born, how the pain was impacting the progress of my labor, et cetera. Pam took a lot of time, going over every pain relief option with me, and finally the rational part of me chose a small dose of Nisintil to just take the edge off and allow me to use the breathing techniques I'd learned. And the Nisintil did the trick.

    Pam let ME, Chirstina, make the decision about the medication. She didn't let the pain override the choosing part of me.

    Some abortion advocates often smugly gloat that many of the women undergoing abortions sob about how they never thought that they would end up on the abortion table, how abortion goes against their values, their core beliefs, their identity. But they feel trapped. They feel they have no other choice.

    My choice was about how much medication to use when I was in labor. It was hardly a life-altering, life-shattering choice. But Pam remembered the discussions we'd had, the plans I'd made. I was shooting for drug-free. Pam wasn't going to stop me from changing my mind if I had really changed my mind. But she wasn't about to let the pain make a decision for me that I would regret later. And I had changed my mind. Drug-free was my ideal, yes, but I was in so much pain that it was slowing my labor. What were my options? What would the impact of my choices be on me and my baby? Pam considered it worth the time. I changed my mind from "drug free" to "something to take the edge off the pain", under careful guidance from somebody who really cared about me an about my choices. Pam prevented me from just screaming for an epidural, a choice I probably would have regretted later and seen as a cop-out, with my hippie flower-child natural-childbirth values. Pam spent the time to get past the pain to the choosing part of me.

    Why aren't women weeping in the abortion clinic, about to make a life-shaking, life-altering decision, entitled to the same care and concern I got from Pam? Why is there nobody to say, "Is this really a choice that you are making rationally, based on new information? Or is this the pain talking? How are you -- with your values, your goals, your priorities -- going to look back on this choice?"

    When women who oppose abortion -- be it for all women or only for themselves -- end up on the abortion table, hardocre abortion advocates then hold them up as "proof" that even women who hate abortion "need" abortion.

    But is the woman signing the consent form as she wets it with her tears being served or being used?

    The answer is pretty clear to anybody who has eyes to see.

    Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    The Guitierrez Abortion: A wretched Christmas

    Carolina Gutierrez, only twenty years old, remained on a respirator in an intensive care unit of a Miami hospital over Christmas of 1995. She had been hospitalized since December 21, when her family had called an ambulance in their alarm over her difficulty breathing. She had arrived at the emergency room already in septic shock.

    Two days of trying to contact Maber Medical Center, where Carolina had undergone an abortion on the 19th, over her husbands objections, had yielded no help. The young mother, who had no medical insurance, had been suffering from fever and pain since the evening of the 19th.

    Doctors at the hospital had performed an emergency hysterectomy, trying to halt the spread of infection from her perforated uterus, but the sepsis raged on.

    Carolina spent Christmas on a respirator, sepsis raging through her body. Her two children spent most of their time in the care of relatives as their stepfather, Jose Linarte, spent as much time as he could by Carolina's side, waiting and praying.

    The ICU staff cared as best they could for their critically-ill patient, but the sepsis was getting worse instead of better.

    Anniversary: Horrifying Christmas discovery

    On Christmas day of 1934, the nude body of a young woman was found in a thicket near a highway south of New York City. She had been dead between 12 and 24 hours.

    Laura and Joseph Devine, whose 19-year-old daughter, Loretta Wilson, had been missing since December 19, contacted authorities and were able to positively identify the body.

    Loretta had left home at noon on the 19th, telling the landlady that she was going to see a doctor.

    Loretta's family had reported her missing on the 20th.

    When an autopsy revealed the cause of death as abortion, Loretta's husband of two years indicated that he had not even been aware that Loretta was pregnant.

    A physician, John H. Becker Jr., who admitted to having examined Loretta on December 17, was charged with homicide in the death. He denied performing the abortion.



    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    Monday, December 24, 2007

    A blessed Christmas

    It's Christmas morning here in Korea. My best gift will be meeting me in the lobby of the 63 Building in Seoul at noon: my friend from Sokcho that I last saw exactly one year ago, last Christmas.

    God is good. It's just easier to see it when you're looking forward to seeing a friend in a few hours.

    Anniversary: Tragic holiday surprise

    On the morning of Deceber 24, 1885, Dr. Sawdy of Howard City, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan, got an unexpected visit from the father of Harry McDowell, who had been courting Sawdy's 21-year-old daughter, Sylvia.

    On December 10, Sylvia had taken a train to Grand Rapids, saying that she was going to visit with Harry's mother. The senior McDowell told Dr. Sawdy that he'd gotten a telegram from Harry, that Sylvia was very sick and wanted her mother to go to her.

    Dr. Sawdy would not learn the truth until he picked up the newspaper the following morning: Sylvia was dead, and Harry was the prime suspect in her death.

    It came out in Harry's trial that in November, Sylvia had consulted with Drs. Bodle, Hake, and Bradish, indicating that she was pregnant. Evidence indicated that McDowell had performed an abortion on Sylvia on December 23, and that she died that day. McDowell was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years.



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    Sunday, December 23, 2007

    Search: Dr. Robert F. Meger

    Somebody was searching for Dr. Robert F. Meger. Here are the cases I have on file:

    Mary L., age 29, filed suit against Dr. Robert F. Meger and Birth Control Care Center after an abortion she underwent there at Meger's hands on November 24, 1986. The suit says that Meger "punctured [Mary's] uterus and gouged out a portion of [her] colon." Twice Mary called the clinic to report pain, fever, and bleeding. Meger diagnosed her trouble as a urinary tract infection. Three days after the abortion, Mary was admitted to ths hospital, "wherein an intact fetus of 12 approximate weeks gestation, including an umbilical cord, and placental tissue were removed from Mary's abdominal cavity." Rather than remove the fetus, Meger had shoved it through a hole in Mary's uterus and left it there. Mary had to undergo surgery to repair her damaged uterus and colon. She was hospitalized for seven days. (Clark County District Court Cse No. A275976)

    Ms. C, age 33, sued after an abortion by Meger (probably Robert F. Meger), affiliated with Birth Control Care Center, without first properly performing Rh factor testing and without administering Rho-gam. As a result, Ms. C became Rh-sensitized, and her subsequent baby, bing Rh-negative, required a total blood exchange. Ms. C was permanently Rh-sensitized, and will have problems with all future pregnancies.

    Ms. P, age 35, alleged that on day two of a second-trimester abortion by Meger (probably Robert F. Meger), her uterus was perforated, resulting in bleeding into her abdomen. She went into shock and was transported to a hospital. There, she was found to have blood pressure of 40/20. She required five hours of surgery, including a hysterectomy.

    Anniversary: Two children orphaned by safe, legal abortion

    "Kimberly" was 25 years old and 18 weeks pregnant when she underwent an abortion in New York City on December 23, 1970. During the abortion, she went into cardiac arrest and died, leaving behind two children.

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    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    Top Ten Mysteries of the Orient

    10. Why can't Korean doctors prescribe a full course of antibiotics? Why make you come back every three days?

    9. Where did Koreans get the idea that no pizza is complete without corn and sweet potatoes? It's tough to get a pizza that doesn't feature at least one of those toppings, even if you don't order it. While we're at it, why can't they make pizzas to order? Why must you stick only with their pre-ordained combos? Which, again, tend to include corn or sweet potatoes.

    8. What's with Koreans and their love of wet floors? Why can't the shower drain in the shower? I nearly broke my neck this morning stepping into my bathroom, because it had slipped my mind (ha!) that after a shower, my entire floor is sopping wet for hours because the shower stall drains out into the bathroom. The main drain is under the sink. I'm just glad I finally got an apartment that doesn't have a washing machine that drains onto the floor, like my last three apartments.

    7. Would it kill Koreans to put erasers on their pencils? I pass out pencils to my students and two seconds later I'm bombarded with pleas for erasers. I used to keep a supply of erasers in my basket but I got sick of the kids bouncing them off the floor and started just saying, "If you make a mistake, cross it out. And when you grow up, become a pencil manufacturer and put erasers on the ends of the stupid things!"

    6. While we're on the topic of Korean pencils, could they improve the overall quality just a bit? The leads are ill-centered and fragile. One Korean pencil is usually good for three or four sharpenings and then it's nothing but a stub. And you have to sharpen them constantly because the leads break all the time. Conspicuous consumption has found its acme in the Korean pencil industry. Which may be why they don't bother putting erasers on them. You're going to throw the darned thing out before you have a chance to use the eraser anyway.

    5. Other than the drunks, who smell like soju and kimchi, Koreans don't smell bad. How to they manage that in a country where you can't buy underarm deodorant?

    4. Why are the standard envelopes in Korea too small to fit a standard sheet of paper into unless you fold it into strange configurations?

    3. While we're on the subject of envelopes, why don't Koreans gum the darned flaps? You have to seal them with Scotch tape. See pencils and erasers, above. And why don't they gum their postage stamps? You have to glue them to the envelopes.

    2. Why do Koreans put sugar on garlic bread?

    And the Number One Mystery of the Orient:

    1. How can a country so oblivious of safety be so densely poplated? Given the number of Koreans that must be flung through windshields because they never wear seatbelts, having their necks snapped when they roller-blade down the stairs, crushed between their mom and the dashboard because they ride on her lap, hit by the cars that get the signal to turn onto a street just as pedestrians are getting the green light to cross it, killed by falling material in constrution sites that pedestrians are free to wander through, run off the road by maniacal bus drivers, electrocuted by ungrounded outlets, and flattened and killed skatboarding without helmets in traffic, it's a wonder there are any of them left to reproduce.

    What real informed consent would look like

    I posted this long ago on the old Pro Life Views forum at About.com. Now I submit it for the commentary/perusal of visitors here. What would constitute adequate informed consent for abortion?

    First, the woman should be told that panic is normal, and that it usually passes. She should be informed of the normal psychology of pregnancy so that she can get a handle on whether she's just in the throes of normal early pregnancy stress, or if there is something bigger going on. She should also be told about the impact of stress on decision-making, so she can assess to what degree stress may be coloring her choice, overriding her real wishes and needs.

    Second, she should be informed of the range of responses women have from abortion, from the satisfied customer to the women who suffer unspeakable anguish the rest of their lives. She should be given a collection of post-abortion women's writings, and an opportunity to speak to women who have had abortions, along the spectrum of experience. And she should be given information on risk factors so she can assess which is more likely to be her reaction to abortion.

    Third, she should be informed of the particular physical risks of pregnancy and abortion as they relate to her specific case, including her age, any medical conditions she has, etc. This should include telling her exactly how much controversy there is in the medical community about exactly how high the risks are, to her body and to subsequent pregnancies. And she should get this information from people without an axe to grind -- say, a prochoice ob/gyn who does not perform abortions but has treated abortion complications, or a perinatologist who has experience with high risk pregnancies, depending on her specific situation.

    Fourth, she should be informed about the entity that the abortion will destroy, including being shown a realtime ultrasound of her embryo or fetus, and pictures or models. After all, she's bound to find out sooner or later, so better to find out while she is still able to back out or go ahead. And she does need to be prepared for what she might see if she expels a whole fetus or fetal parts. She should explore her own ideas of when prenatal life is entitled to protection, and when it is wrong to kill an unborn entity. She should be warned that any moral qualms she has now will likely only intensify after the abortion, rather than fade.

    Fifth, she should be informed of resources available to her, not only in her community, but national groups such as The Nurturing Network should she choose to go elsewhere to complete the pregnancy. This should include information relevant to her specific needs, particularly if she is considering abortion for maternal or fetal indications.

    Sixth, she should be offered a consult with a clergyperson of her faith -- one whose beliefs are similar to her own. No taking the one prolife Unitarian minister in the county, or the only prochoice Roman Catholic priest. If she's a prochoice Unitarian, get her a consult with a prochoice Unitarian. If she's a prolife Unitarian, it'll be a little tough, but she should be able to sort out the spiritual ramifications of what she's considering while she's still making up her mind, and not when it's too late.

    Finally, she should also be offered the opportunity to meet with people who've suffered any complications she has uneasiness about, like a colostomy or a hysterectomy.

    The decision to end a pregnancy with a dead fetus instead of a live baby is a one shot deal that she'll carry with her for the rest of her life. We trivialize it, and then trivialize her pain if she's rushed into a bad choice. That's not right.

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    Anniversary: Back-alley abortion proves fatal

    On December 22, 1891, a Swedish girl named Tillie Thom was found dead at the office of Dr. Franklin Brooks in Chicago. Tillie had died of an abortion performed there that day. Brooks was found responsible for Tillie's death by Coroner's Verdict.

    Tillie's abortion was typical of those before legalization in that it was performed by a physician.



    For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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    Friday, December 21, 2007

    Searches: Klopfer, death, saline, self-induced, and more

  • Ulrich George Klopfer was one of many quack abortionists practicing in the Chicago area in the late 1970s and 1980s, and in Ft. Wayne, Indiana up to I believe the present time. ArchAngel Institute moved into his old building and seem to know a lot about him. You could try contacting them if you want to know more.

  • Died after abortion.

  • Saline abortion

  • Self-induced abortions? The fatal ones I know of I posted here. I included cases, some fatal, some not, from an old medical text here. I look at the proverbial "coathanger abortion" here. Coach Jim Izard's wife did self-induced abortions at home then stashed the fetuses in the shed.

  • Haley Mason is the psuedonom Donetta Robben gave to her niece, found dead by her own hand in anguish over an abortion. Other post-abortion suicides that I know of include Carol Cunningham, Arlin della Cruiz, Laura Grunas, Sandra Kaiser, "Sandra" Roe, and Stacy Zallie.

  • Air compressor and embolism: Laura France was found dead of an air embolism after attempting a home abortion in her garage with an air compressor.

  • Michelle Armesto Berge is the former patient at Teflon Tiller's Wichita late-abortion mill who has stepped forward with allegations that her abortion was performed illegally and without her even signing a consent form.
  • The Guitierrez Abortion: Into the ICU

    On December 21, 1995, 20-year-old Carolina Gutierrez, already ill from an abortion performed in a Miami clinic two days earlier, could barely breathe. Her family called 911 and she was rushed to the hospital. She arrived at the emergency room already in septic shock.

    Carolina had tried over the previous two days to contact staff at the clinic, Maber Medical Center in Miami. She had been suffering pain in her chest and abdomen since the evening of the 19th. She kept getting an answering machine, but her messages were not returned. When somebody finally did answer the phone, they had hung up on her. Carolina had no medical insurance. She needed help. She tried to tough it out, to no avail.

    Doctors at the hospital performed an emergency hysterectomy, trying to halt the spread of infection from her perforated uterus. After surgery, Carolina was put into the intensive care unit, where she battled for her life against the raging sepsis.

    Relatives cared for her children, a five-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy from a previous relationship, while Carolina's husband, Jose Linarte, spent as much time as he could by her side. "I can't sleep. I try to take my mind off it, but it's impossible," he told the Miami Herald.

    His wife lay there on a respirator. All Jose could do was wait and pray.

    Anniversary: Abortion stopover proves deadly for Australian woman

    Denise Holmes, a 24-year-old Australian woman living in Texas, decided to undergo an abortion at Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on her way home for Christmas of 1970.

    Denise checked into Avalon Hospital (an abortion facility owned by Edward Campbell Allred) on December 21. Denise suffered an amniotic fluid embolism that carried pieces of fetal bone marrow into her lungs. She was pronounced dead by Edward Allred at Avalon at 5pm.

    Denise is the first confirmed abortion death at an Allred facility. She died before the National Abortion Federation was founded, with Allred's Family Planning Associates Medical Group as a member.



    Other young mothers known to have died after abortion at Allred's facilities include:


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    Anniversary: Abortion by midwife proves fatal for teen

    On December 21, 1926, fifteen-year-old Emily Mueller died from complications of a criminal abortion performed somewhere in Chicago on December 11. A midwife, Magdelane Stegeman, alias Motzny, was booked on December 28. The coroner cleared Stegeman, but she was nevertheless indicted for felony murder by the Grand Jury on February 15, 1927.



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    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    The things we do for "love"

    Lori Borgman at Jewish World Review penned a haunting look at the price children pay for their mothers' willingness to tolerate anything, just to have a man, any man, even a slimebag man, in their lives.

    I once listened to a tape of a National Abortion Federation meeting -- nurses fretting about how to get women to follow up on aftercare. The biggest problem was getting the women to abstain from sex for six weeks while they healed -- or to at least have their "partners" use a condom. But, the nurses commiserated, these women were in "relationships" with men who would not tolerate "No." (Isn't that rape?) Men who refused to wear condoms. Men who were festering ambulatory petri dishes of STDs because they were having sexual relations with every woman they could bully into putting out. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 82% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. How many of them are aborting to keep these "boyfriends" happy? The same "boyfriends" who are only too happy to keep them in an endless cycle of desperate unprotected sex, abortions, and life-endangering STDs?

    Dr. Laura asked, "Is a woman just a wo-wo-wo on a man?" Evidently even the "wo-wo-wo" isn't necessary. He doesn't have to be Prince Charming. Any toad will do. As long as he has the Y chromosome, he'll suffice.

    Why are so many women willing to sacrifice their self-respect, their bodies, their health, their children, just to have a man? And what men! Men that any reasonable community would tar, feather, and run out of town on a rail.

    This is the end result of the Sexual Revolution, which holds that our best and highest calling is to capitulate to the urge every time our hormones tell us to rut. Or, in the case of these women, to capitulate to the man's urges every time his hormones tell him to rut. Human bonds of love fall by the wayside. The hunger for something more is denegrated. It's puritanical. It's old-fashioned. It's Ward and June. It's turning back the clock. It's unrealistic.

    It's doable. And it's worth it.

    P.S.: I'm not saying this from the comfortable ivory tower of a happy marriage. I've been divorced for about sixteen years now, and walked the chastity line since I became a Christian some thirteen years ago. I fell off that line a couple of times early on, picked myself back up, and have managed to tell my hormones and loneliness where to get off for eight or nine years now. It's doable. But it's an uphill climb in a society that treats you like a freak for even trying. Chastity isn't easy. We need to stop making it needlessly harder.

    Anniversary: Criminal abortion by midwife proves fatal

    On December 20, 1926, 23-year-old Mary Paradowski died at Chicago hospital from complications of a criminal abortion performed on December 13. On January 15, 1927, a midwife named Josephine Petrova was indicted for felony murder in Mary's death.



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    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    Searches: Self induced and quacks

  • Dr. Nareshkumar Gandalal Patel is a seedy safe and legal abortionist, not to be confused with Manishkumar Patel, the guy who slipped his adulterous lover an abortion mickey. I will do a separate page soon at the main RealChoice site.

  • Laura Hope Smith, who died this past September on the abortion table at Women Health Center in Massachusetts, under the care of Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, remains a popular search.

  • Self-induced abortions? The fatal ones I know of I posted here. I included cases, some fatal, some not, from an old medical text here. I look at the proverbial "coathanger abortion" here. Coach Jim Izard's wife did self-induced abortions at home then stashed the fetuses in the shed.

  • Atlanta Surgi Center is a National Abortion Federation member. Though what this says about them or about NAF is pretty debatable. Catherine Pierce underwent an abortion at Atlanta Surgi-Center on March 11, 1989, performed by Daniel McBrayer, and died from the resulting injuries some months later in a nursing home. Atlanta Surgi-Center also operated at "Northside Women's Clinic", so it well might be the "Atlanta Northside" facility where Geneva Calton's fatal abortion was performed.



  • 28-week abortion. There is this case, for which Dr. Jose Gilberto Higuera was prosecuted. Scroll down to "Francine" here. You can scroll down here to "patient 7" at Midtown Hospital, a National Abortion Federation member. Read here about Dr. Sidney C. Laughlin, whose nurse reported that she quit afer seeing him abort a 28 week fetus. P. Scott Ricke got in trouble for starting an abortion at 28 weeks then sending the patient -- with the fetus protruding from her vagina -- to the hospital in a car. Jesse Floyd was indicted on charges of illegal abortion and murder in the death of a 2 lb 5 oz infant boy of approximately 27-28 weeks gestation who survived 20 days following a third-trimester abortion performed in Richland Memorial Hospital, South Carolina in September of 1974.

  • Brenda Pratt Shaffer, the nurse who converted from prochoice to prolife in three days after working in an abortion clinic, remains a popular search.

  • Philip Rand is a seedy abortionist who, thank God, had his medical license suspended by the state of California. This was a result of a botched abortion at the infamous Nick Braemer abortuary in Santa Ana. Rand took over there when Braemer's license was revoked on Halloween Day 2001. Rand has had over 45 judgements against him and he just filed for bankruptcy in 94 to avoid paying millions of dollars to the families that he had hurt.

  • Want to adopt a child with Down syndrome? Be prepared to wait in line.

    That's it for now. Time to hop in the shower and head for work.
  • Carolina Gutierrez: The abortion

    Carolina Gutierrez, who had come to the United States as a refugee from Nicaragua at age 13, was 20 years old when she went to Maber Medical Center in Miami for an abortion on December 19, 1995. Carolina's husband did not want her to have the abortion, so Carolina got a friend to drive her back and forth to the clinic.

    The evening after her abortion, Carolina had pain in her chest and abdomen. She called the clinic for help, but whoever answered the phone hung up on her.

    What followed will unfold on this blog over the same time it played out in real life.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    Searches: assorted butchery, for the most part

  • Eastern Women's Center is the National Abortion Federation member clinic where Venus Ortiz, Dawn Mack, and Dawn Ravenelle underwent their fatal abortions.



  • Leo Kenneally was the owner/operator of the notorious Her Medical Clinic in California. He performed the fatal abortion on Lilliana Cortez. After her death, and the deaths of Michelle Thames and Maria Soto, and a complaint from a local hospital flooded with botched abortion cases, the state moved to shut Kenneally's facility down. Kenneally instead legally closed the facility and re-opened it as his private office, which would not have to be licensed by the state. Donna Heim later died there. Keneally also botched abortions at Inglewood Women's Clinic. (Scroll to the bottom.)

  • By "Helen's abortion" I assume the searcher wants information about the patient named Helen featured in the old Frontline show about abortion, rather than about Helen Clark, who died in 1941 after a criminal abortion performed by a blind lay abortionist; Helen Roe, who died after an illegal abortion by Annas Witlow Brown; Moris Helen Herron, who died of peritonitis after a safe and legal abortion in 1983; Helen Koss, who died from an abortion performed by a Chicago midwife in 1924; or Helen Bain, who died in 1924 after an abortion by Dr. George Slater.

  • Kevon Walker is the 21-year-old man charged with getting a 14-year-old girl pregnant three times in six months. The first of the three resulting abortins, Walker said, was the girl's mother's idea. Fat lot of good it did, Mom, to get her vacuumed out without getting the guy who got her pregnant arrested! It bewilders me that prolifers are supposedly the ones obsessed with fetuses, when there are evidenly plenty of prochociers who are equally obsessed, if not more so; it's just that they think that killing fetuses solves everything.

  • Herbal abortion teas, embraced by some women as natural and safe and gentle, remain a popular search. They are how Kris Humphrey and Penny Roe ended up killing themselves.

  • We had another search for Emily Zall. She was one of the people who evidently believed that supporting Planned Parenthood is supporting unbiased and accurate information for frightened women contemplating abortion. She signed a PP petition, adding "Government funded organizations must give accurate information." It would be lovely if Planned Parenthood was actually living up to Emily's expectations. Emily -- it was the unconscionable lies and malpractice Planned Parenthood perpetrated on my babysitter that pushed me off the fence into the prolife camp. I doubt that most decent people could know the kinds of thing this organization does and not want to see them shut down on the spot.

  • "embryo toilet" is an odd search. I did blog about this Live Journal blogger who was delighted to examine her embryo, which she expelled into the toilet. Most women aren't quite as thrilled when they expel the results of their abortions.

  • Abortion victim Deanna Bell, 13 years old, overdosed on Brevitol by Steve Lichtenberg, National Abortion Federation abortionist extrordinaire, at the Chicago Branch of Fast Eddie Allred's Family Planning Associates Medical Group. FPA's other dead include Chanelle Bryant, Patricia Chacon, Laniece Dorsey, Josefina Garcia, Denise Holmes, Susan Levy, Christina Mora, Kimberly Neil, Joyce Ortenzio, Mary Pena, and Tami Suematsu.

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  • Searches: Quacks again. And another person trusting PP's honesty.

  • Kristin Hulett, from California, is one of the people who signed the Planned Parenthood petition protesting a prolife pregnancy center that existed only in the fevered imaginations of Planned Parenthood acolytes. Kristin added her own comment: " People, i.e. women, have a right to know that others are being honest and telling them the truth." Well, Kristen, consider your self told. Planned Parenthood was not being honest or telling the truth. They were not being honest or telling the truth when they put out a "Fact Sheet" and testified before Congress, claiming that late-abortion anesthesia killed the fetus. They were not being honest or telling the truth when they assured Christi Stile that the abortion clinic they were referring her to was safe. Planned Parenthood simply is not trustworthy.

  • Gerald Zupnik was sued multiple times for abortions he botched while working at for National Abortion Federation member Bill Baird Center. He practices in Massachusetts and New York. Along with Baird, Zupnick challenged the Massachusetts parental involvement law so that he could perform abortions on underage girls without informing or involving their parents.

  • Somebody searched for "planned parenthood goldengate reusing needles?" Does anybody know?

  • Ectopic baby survives. Rare, but not unheard-of.

  • Jim Izard is the coach whose wife, Sarah, did home abortions on herself and stashed the fetuses in a shed.

  • James Brillhart is the abortionist who performed an abortion on 15-year-old "Mistie Guthrie", over her parents' objections, in violation of the law. Mistie ended up hospitalized for suicidal depression.

  • Where to get abortions done in Louisville? The only abortionists I can find in Lousiville, KY, is National Abortion Federation member EMW Women's Surgical Center. Their security guard turned out to be a rapist. And EMW's abortionist botched an abortion on a 16-year-old Indiana girl that Planned Parenthood brought across state lines to evade parental consent laws. These guys don't seem to be really trustworthy, if you ask me.



  • "Julie" Roe was only 14 years old when she underwent a safe and legal abortion in New York on March 26, 1972. She had retained fetal tissue, which doctors tried to remove. During one of these attempts, Julie's uterus and bowel were perforated. She underwent a partial resection of her bowel and drainage of an abscess. But despite these procedures, she developed septicemia and peritonitis, dying on April 16.

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  • Anniversary: Illegal abortion death in 1982

    Myrta Baptiste, age 26, had abortion of her 10 week pregnancy performed by Orlando Zaldivar at Woman's Care Clinic in Florida on December 18, 1982. But something went wrong. Myrta arrived at the hospital in critical condition due to delay of transfer by the clinic staff. She bled to death from 2 uterine perforations. Zaldivar could not be reached for 7 hours while hospital staff were struggling to save his patient's life.

    Since Zaldivar's license was inactive at the time he performed Myrta's abortion, the CDC classified her death as being due to illegal abortion rather than legal abortion. The other deaths at that facility -- Ruth Montero, Shirley Payne, and Maura Morales -- were counted as legal abortion deaths.



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    Anniversary: Abortion by midwife proves fatal

    On December 18, 1923, 40-year-old Sophia Hartozinski died at Chicago's County Hospital due to a criminal abortion performed there that day. The coroner identified a midwife, Mary Roback, as having been responsible for Sophia's death.



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