Thursday, July 14, 2005

More tragic safe-n-legal anniversaries

Today, July 15, is the anniversary of a pre-Roe legal abortion death. Margaret Davis was a 33-year-old homemaker who underwent an abortion at Windsor Hills Hospital in Los Angeles County. Christopher Dotson began the abortion at about noon on July 15, 1971. Dotson said that Margaret started to have breathing and heart problems after the abortion, and that he was uable to revive her. He declared her dead at 3:30 PM of cardiopulmonary failure. An autopsy revealed that Margaret had suffered acute sickle cell crisis triggered by the abortion. More senseless tragedies from pre-Roe legal abortions can be found here.

These deaths were in vain. We continued to act as if abortion was a benign act. Women continued to die. The anniversary of one of those deaths is today.

Thirty-four-year-old Debra M. Gray went to Hillview Women's Medical Center for an abortion on July 12, 1989. A nurse injected her with a fast-acting barbituate to prepare her for the abortion. Debra went into cardiac arrest. The abortionist, Gideon Kioko, indicated that the nurse and other staff expected the drug to induce "twilight sleep" rather than general anesthesia. There was no anesthesiologisst on duty, and no physician supervising the administration of anesthesia medication. When paramedics arrived, they estimated that Debra's brain had been deprived of oxygen for twelve minutes. They rushed Debra to a hospital, where doctors could detect no brain activity. Debra's life suport was disconnected three days later, and she died. The autopsy found traces of heroin in Debra's bloodstream. There was no evidence that the facility had screened Debra for possible drug use.

The same year that Hillview fatally injured Debra, they also fatally injured Suzanne Logan, who languished, paralyzed and unable to speak, until her eventual death on December 1, 1992.

The abortion lobby continues to put imaginary women who might be born someday ahead of the lives of real women walking into abortion facilities now.

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