Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'm looking for confirmation...

... but I'm not holding my breath.

The Madness of Banning Abortion (

Our local hospital tells me they see 12-20 patients per year, who have already self-induced or had illegal abortions. Some make it, some don't. They are underage or poor women mostly, and a few daughters of pro-life families...


If you assume the quotes above come from a veteran of the abortion rights movement, talking about the "bad old days" before Roe v. Wade, when desperate women suffered death and injuries because abortion was illegal, you'd be partly right.

The speaker is a longtime worker in reproductive health, whose involvement with abortion started before Roe. But the situations she describes are occurring now.

I posted, "Which hospital is the one where the women have been brought and died? I want to track down documentation of the deaths."

We shall see. But you'd think that the activist would be pouncing on these deaths the way activists pounced on the pneumonia death of Becky Bell (which they blame on illegal abortion) and the abortion death of Rosie Jimenez.

Weren't these deaths (how many?) reported to the CDC? And wouldn't they receive as much attention as the RU-486 deaths? Surely public health officials would be getting involved.

Has anybody else heard about these rumors? If they're true, we need to address the problem. If they're lies, we need to track them down to their source and hold the liar accountable.

Naaman the Ex-Leper directed me to the source of the blog entry in question. It's here: Reproductive Regression, by Carole Joffe. It's also been published at:
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  • AlterNet

    Evidently it's making the rounds of the Leftie blogosphere.

    Joffe is a hard-core activist to whom the only bad abortion is one that doesn't happen. The fact that she provides links in the site to verifiable incidents, but doesn't even identify the city in which all the illegal abortion deaths are supposedly happening seems to validate my sense that she's spreading unsubstantiated rumors. I've asked editor for information to substantiate the deaths. You can demand some credibility, as well, from:
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