Friday, February 05, 2010

Trouble in Hodariland

Hodari’s Troubles Mount As Patient Sues For Needless Abortion

Marcia Lanqua, age 33, had already been sent away by another abortion facility when their ultrasound couldn't find any sign of a uterine pregnancy. So she went to Alberto Hodari's Womancare of Southfield. Hodari performed an abortion -- failing, as did the first facility, to diagnose the ectopic pregnancy. Such a mistake can be fatal for the woman, and is considered inexcusable among abortion practitioners. A mock jury of National Abortion Federation members unanimously agreed on this in a mock malpractice trial based on a failure to diagnose an ectopic.

Interestingly, Hodari is no longer on the National Abortion Federation web site as a member, though he was in 2008 -- after Hodari had killed three patients.

8 comments:

OperationCounterstrike said...

Yes this sounds bad--positive pregnancy test plus negative ultrasound puts ectopic into the differential diagnosis.

But at least one of the complainers against Dr. Hodari is a certifiably criminally-insane woman, Jennifer McCoy (formerly Jennifer Patterson Sperle) who has done time for arson and visited the terrorist Scott Roeder in jail.

It will be very interesting to see how this turns out.

OperationCounterstrike said...

It's worth remembering, though, that tubal pregnancy does not always show up on ultrasound.

Nowadays the solution to a case like this is simple: give her methotrexate. If the ectopic pregnancy is there, methotrexate will kill it, and if not, it won't do anything.

OperationCounterstrike said...

This was May 6, 2009. Well into the methotrexate age. OK, I'm gonna fault Hodari tentatively for not giving her methotrexate for possible ectopic pregnancy. That might well have enabled her to keep her fallopian tube.

I say tentatively because we don't yet know all the facts AND because your link is to OperationRescue which is totally unreliable, regularly prints outright lies.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Wow, Counterstrike, you're just angry and use a handle like "Counterstrike" to sound angry AND militant.
Moving on, abortionists are money-grubbing quacks. A real physician would have done his best to care for both the mother and baby.

OperationCounterstrike said...

Osumashi, no, not if the pregnant patient didn't want the pregnancy. In that case a real physician would arrange for an abortion.

You (the doctor) have ONE patient, the one that comes to you for help.

SegaMon said...

I wonder what happens to the patients that cannot come to a doctor for help?

GrannyGrump said...

OC, why don't you read Alec Bourne's book? He wrote:

"Those who plead for an extensive relaxation of the law [against abortion] have no idea of the very many cases where a woman who, during the first three months, makes a most impassioned appeal for her pregnancy to be 'finished,' later, when the baby is born, is thankful indeed that it was not killed while still an embryo. During my long years in practice I have had many a letter of the deepest gratitude for refusing to accede to an early appeal"

I'll agree that getting pregnant, even when you intended to get pregnant, can be very stressful. And stress compromises people's decision making abilities. A truly competent and caring doctor would tell the patient that her stress is likely to lead her to a choice she can never undo, that can lead her to a lifetime of anguish and regret.

Read Psychosocial Adaptation in Pregnancy. Read something, ANYTHING, that's not unrelenting proabortion propaganda. You might learn something.

And don't be scared -- Bourne, if you recall, is the British doctor who performed the abortion on the teenage rape victim. He is a hero of the British abortion enthusiasts, since he opened the door to widespread abortion in the UK. Surely his writing can't be dismissed as "antichoice propaganda".

GrannyGrump said...

Oops, need to fix the stress link.