Christella Forte, age 16, screamed, convulsed, and went into cardiac arrest 27 hours after instillation of saline for an abortion. at New Centre Hospital in Detroit on January 14, 1986. She died without ever expelling the 23-week fetus.The concentrated salt solution that had been injected into Christella's uterus to kill the fetus got into her bloodstream, poisoning her and causing cardiac arrest. Strangely, her death certificate lists her manner of death as "natural," rather than "accidental," indicating an odd judgment call on the medical examiner's behalf. What is particularly disgusting about Christella's death is how utterly needless it was: saline abortions had been discredited as far too dangerous for over a decade. The documents surrounding her death do not explain why her abortionist chose an outdated, high-risk procedure for his young patient.
Twenty-two-year-old Chanelle Bryant was given the drugs for a safe and legal chemical abortion at a Family Planning Associates Medical Group
facility in California. She was instructed to use the prostaglandin as a
suppository, rather than take an oral prostaglandin. This off-label use
is being investigated by the CDC and FDA after Chanelle and four other
US women died of infection after RU-486 abortions.
Chanelle suffered terrible pain four days after self-administering the
medication. She sought emergency care at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Her condition deteriorated, and she was transferred to the intensive
care unit at 1:20 PM. At 4:11 she went into cardiac arrest. She was
taken into surgery at 5:27 to try to identify the source of her
problems. Ten minutes into surgery she went into cardiac arrest again.
She was pronounced dead at 5:51 from "sepsis and pneumonia due to
Endomyometritis with abcess formation due to Termination of Pregnancy."
Thus Chanelle joined the sad ranks of women known to have died after FPA abortions: Denise Holmes,Mary Pena, Josefina Garcia, Lanice Dorsey, Joyce Ortenzio, Tami Suematsu, Christina Mora, Susan Levy, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, Maria Rodriguez, Patricia Chacon, Kimberly Neil, and Deanna Bell.FPA is a member of the National Abortion Federation, an organization that ostensibly ensures that abortions are done safely.