Fifteen-year-old Tamia Russell died January 8, 2004 after a second trimester abortion at Woman Care Clinic in Lanthrup Village, near Detroit. Womancare is a member of the National Abortion Federation.
According to U.S. Newswire, Tamia's abortion had taken place January 7.
Dr. Leigh Hlavaty, who performed the autopsy on Tamia, told a local pro-life activist who contacted LifeSiteNews.com that the girl's death was caused by "uterine infarction with sepsis due to status second trimester abortion." Hlavaty said, "I ruled it normal because these complications are expected with this type of abortion."
Tamia's "boyfriend" was 24. In Michigan that constitutes statutory rape.
Tamia's family told Fox News that they did not even know their daughter was six months pregnant. U.S. Newswire cites Fox, saying the family had only learned of the pregnancy the day before the abortion. The family is blaming the abortionist for Tamia's death. According to Jews for Life, the abortionist was Alberto Hodari (pictured). Appallingly, the Michigan medical board has no disciplinary actions listed against Hodari despite his appalling track record.
Life News says that according to Tamia's mother, laminaria was inserted WomanCare on January 7, then Tamia returned home. She told her aunt and mother that she was pregnant and she had begun the abortion. Tamia's mother said that she called the clinic, and staff told her that the abortion must be carried out once the laminaria are inserted. Life News notes, however, that according to eMedicine Journal, "pregnancies have safely been carried to term after laminaria insertion and removal."
According to Life News, Tamia bled heavily after coming home froom the abortion on January 8. She bled so heavily that the blood soaked a mattress. She was dead on arrival at the hospital despite paramedics' attempts to save her. Jews for Life reports that she died of sepsis.
LifeSiteNews.com reported that they called the Woman Care Clinic: "After being put on hold for an excessive period of time, a woman who did not wish to be named said, 'I'm sorry to tell you that because of all the privacy rules in effect, we cannot reveal any information.'"
According to Tamia's cousin, Nicole Redden, the sister of Tamia's abuser took her to five different Detroit area abortion facilities, and was turned away from all five because of how far advanced Tamia's pregnancy was. One facility reportedly even offered prenatal care and vitamins. Performing an abortion on an underage girl without parental consent is in violation of Michigan law.
Hodari was also implicated in the death of Chivon Williams. Dr. Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, reports that there have been 23 lawsuits in the past 20 years against WomanCare facilities and Alberto Hodari, for abortion injuries including complications resuting on hysterectomies on 19, 22, and 23-year-old women. All were dismissed, with many referring to undisclosed settlements.
Twenty-five-year-old Rita Goncalves took ill after her safe and legal abortion in late 1983. At some point after her abortion, she was taken to Roger Williams General Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. There, she died on January 8, 1984, from abortion complications.
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