Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sad anniversary -- Teen dies after secret abortion

Life Site News reports that 15-year-old Tamia Russell died January 8, 2004 after a second trimester abortion at Woman Care Clinic in Lanthrup Village, near Detroit. Life Site News also indicates that the death has not been published anywhere except a minor mention on a local Fox station.

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 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. The boyfriend's sister took Tamia in for the abortion behind her parents' back, in violation of Michigan's parental involvement law.

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 Site News indicated that the case is under investigation by the police and the attorney general, but phone calls were not returned. Michigan Right to Life told they are following the case closely.

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 once 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. 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.

According to LifeNews, some prolifers are speculating that RU-486 was used for Tamia's abortion, because Holly Patterson of California died of a similar infection after taking RU-486. No credible evidence has been asserted to link Tamia's death to the abortion pill. Laminaria are used in preparation for some sort of extraction abortion.

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.

Tamia died twenty years to the day after the death of Rita Goncalves. Twenty-five-year-old Rita 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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