Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sad anniversary of a lingering death

Demetrice Andrews, age 22, underwent an abortion on October 17, 1988. She became progressively ill, and was finally admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Demetrice suffered multiple organ failure. She died on November 9, 1988.

It is ironic that Demetrice was admitted to Grady to be treated for abortion complications. Another woman, Jacqueline Reynolds, died just two years earlier, from complications of anesthesia administered for an abortion performed at Grady.


Dimitri said...

I was/am an extremely good friend of Demetrice. I can say with absolute honesty and certainty that you should be very very happy she is gone. If she were here and found out some biblethumper she never heard of was using her name to promote some religious agenda she would find you, snatch you baldheaded, and beat you within 1/2 inch of your life.

Christina Dunigan said...

How is "It's wrong for quacks to kill women" somehow using somebody to pursue a religious agenda?

Demetrice deserved better than to die a horrible, lingering death. I can't understand why you, her friend, would be attacking anybody for saying so.

Dimitri said...

Of course it was wrong for her to go out the way she did. I am not sure how I can be much clearer than what I wrote the first time. While I haven't attacked anyone I can see how my words seem so. My point and I repeat is I knew the woman...well. She would seriously disapprove for more reason than I am willing to put down here for the some of the same reasons she would hate this. Well there is one, she nor I knows you and that is more than enough reason for you not to be using her as some sort of poster child.

Christina Dunigan said...

Well, sometimes things you do leave object lessons for other people whether you intend for them to do so or not. The way Demetrice died left a lesson: Don't assume that just because it's legal doesn't mean it's safe. Just because he's willing to kill your unborn child doesn't mean he's concerned enough about you personally to make sure that you survive yourself. If she'd be offended that people draw these lessons, bummer, but I have to think of living women whose lives can still be saved if they learn that just because somebody supports abortion to the point of being willing to do them doesn't mean you can trust them.

Her willingness to let other women follow her to the grave doesn't trump my responsibility to shout a warning.

If you like, you can write up what you believe she'd want people to know, and I'll include that side of the story. I even did that for the son of an abortionist who thought his dad had gotten a bad rap.