Sunday, February 11, 2007

Coma after abortion

Another search.

Venus Ortiz was left in a coma after her 1993 abortion at National Abortion Federation member Eastern Women's Center. She remained comatose until her death December 16, 1998 at the age of 29. Dawn Ravenelle was 13 years old when her abortion at Eastern left her in a coma in 1985; she died a few weeks later.

Angela Scott and Deloris Smith, both teens, were left in fatal comas within an hour of each other at National Abortion Federation member Atlanta Women's Pavillion in 1979. Angela died in about a week; Deloris lingered for months before her death.

Catherine Pierce, the 27-year-old mother of a 11-year-old daughter, died in 1989 after six months in a coma. Her abortion had been botched at NAF member Atlanta Surgi-Center.

Seventeen-year-old Deborah Lozinski had languished for two months in a coma, hospitalized after an abortion at Medical Care Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1985.

Suzanne Logan was left in a coma after her 1989 abortion at Maryland's Hillview abortion clinic. Suzanne awoke from her coma paralyzed and unable to speak. She remained institutionalized until her death in 1992.

Jacqueline Reynolds was left comatose by her abortion at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on August 27, 1986. She died on September 5.

Mitsue Mohar went to Pacolma Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles County for a D&C abortion on August 5, 1975. After the abortion, Mitsue went into convulsions then lapsed into a coma. She died on September 10 without ever regaining consciousness.

Robin Wells,mother of three children ages 6, 4, and 2, went for an abortion at Akron Center for Reproductive Health on July 15, 1981. She went into cardiac arrest and remained in a coma until her death on August 2.

Yvonne Tanner, a 22-year-old mother of one had an abortion performed July 10, 1984 at Inglewood; Yvonne went into a coma immediately after the abortion, and died August 14, 1984.

"Judy" Roe was a 42-year-old mother of four when she chose safe and legal abortion in 1970. Judy underwent the procedure, but went into cardiac arrest. Her heart was started again, but she remained in a coma for six days until her death on July 12.

Wilma Harris underwent a legal abortion June 15, 1974 at the hands of abortion guru Milan Vuitch. Vuitch and his staff had allowed Wilma to lapse into a coma and lie unattended for 12 hours before transferring her to the hospital. She died five days later.

Eurice Agbagaa, a 26-year-old immigrant from Ghana, went to Abram Zelikman for an abortion on January 7, 1989. Zelikman left his bleeding patient in the care of an untrained receptionist. Eurice lapsed into a coma, and died January 15.

Glenda Davis, age 31, mother of two, said that she underwent an abortion by Robert Hanson at Aaron Family Planning March 11, 1989. She fell into a coma and died three days later.

Cassandra Bleavins, a 20-year-old clerk, had an abortion performed on her at John Wesley Hospital on September 2, 1971. She bled heavily after the abortion, and was treated both as an inpatient and outpatient before slipping into a coma on September 17. She died the next day.

Lynn McNair, age 24, was 23 weeks pregnant when she was injected with saline by Dr. Edward Rubin at Jewish Memorial Hospital. She went into contractions and slipped into a coma. She died March 23.

"Beth" Roewas 23 years old when she traveled from Massachusetts to New York for an abortion in 1971. Instead of the amniotic sac, the saline went into Beth's bloodstream. Beth immediately began to have seizures and went into a coma. She was pronounced dead on December 29.

"Penny" Roe, a Colorado woman, drank pennyroyal oil to try to perform a safe, "natural" abortion. She went into a coma and died seven days later.

Laniece Dorsey, age 17, lapsed into a coma during an abortion at a Family Planning Associates Medical Group facility in Orange County, California, on February 6, 1986. She died later that day.

"Ellen" Roe underwent an abortion November 29, 1983, performed by Andre Nehorayoff. At 5:10 AM on December 3, Ellen was rushed to an emergency room. She was already in a coma upon admission. An hour and 10 minutes later, she was pronounced dead.

Christi Stile remains in a vegetative state after going into a coma during an abortion at a National Abortion Federation clinic in Colorado.

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Anonymous said...

Have you seen :
The Manipulation of ‘Post-Abortion Syndrome’: Part Two:
by Marcy Bloom ?
comments are also a good read.


Christina Dunigan said...

Please provide links when recommending articles, web sites or blogs!

Anonymous said...

Interested in hearing this out, I googled it and found it here:

Anonymous said...

They need real counsellors working in those clinnics, with some kind of recognised qualification.
They should have guidelines to follow on how to respond to a client.......Whats appropriate and what's not..........


Anonymous said...

This is terrible, but what's worse is the MANY MORE women who die giving birth, even in the 21st century. Pregnancy can be dangerous and invasive procedures can all be dangerous. General anesthesia can be dangerous. While it's deeply saddening and a tragedy for any family to face, I think abortion has a good safety record if this is all you can find.

Christina Dunigan said...

First of all, abortion doesn't have a proven safety record. The CDC switched their surveillance methods when Willard Cates and David Grimes left in the mid-1970s to a passive system. You can look at the case of Latachie Veal to see how this plays out.

Then they changed their categories to avoid counting some deaths of women who went to openly-operating, apparently safe and legal abortion facilities. An example of this is Myrta Baptiste, who was one of four women to die at one Miami abortion facility. The doctor's license was inactive at the time, so they counted Myrta as an illegal abortion death. So the more slipshod and disreputable the abortion mill, the more likely it is that women they kill won't be counted as legal abortion deaths, even though the women in question believed their abortions to be legal and therefore safe.

The other trick is that the decided to count all ectopic pregnancy deaths as "pregnancy" deaths but not abortion deaths, even when an abortionist's failure to properly diagnose the ectopic is what caused the patient's death.

That addresses the issue of abortion supposedly being proved safe.

Christina Dunigan said...

The other issue you bring up is maternal mortality in general.

Even if it were true that abortion was safer than going to term, it would be irrelevant.

By all means, yes, let's address childbirth mortality. Let's make better prenatal care available. Let's educate women about the importance of good nutrition before and during pregnancy. Let's develop protocols for referring high-risk women to specialists. Let's improve all aspects of obstetric care, for the better health and safety of mothers and babies. But let's not for a minute forget that none of this will change a thing about abortion practice.