Thursday, July 07, 2005

Another big yawn for the abortion lobby

The shrill voices that have been lamenting the deaths of women from illegal (on imaginary) abortions have another anniversary to blow off as insignificant today: the death of Darlene Wood from a safe-and-legal abortion on this day in 1982.

On July 2, Darlene was put under anesthesia for a second trimester abortion at Temple University Hospital. The abortionist was Renga Rajan; the anesthethesiologist was William Stevenson-Smith. Darlene was given nitrous oxide by face mask. She started coughing after the procedure began. After the abortion was completed, she was admitted to the respiratory intensive care unit, where she was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension.

Over the next several days, Darlene experienced increasing respiratory distress. She was given medication to maintain her blood pressure. But on July 7, Darlene went into cardio-respiratory arrest. She was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. The administratrix of Darlene's estate contended that the lack of appropriate medical and anesthetic clearance was a substantial factor in her death.

Of course, to the abortion lobby, the lives of women like Darlene are expendable. They're just grist for the abortion mill. What matters isn't that women survive their abortions -- it's that abortionists don't go to jail when women die.

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