Saturday, March 10, 2007

Anniversary: NAF abortion leaves woman in fatal coma

On March 11, 1989, 27-year-old Catherine Pierce underwent a safe, legal abortionat Atlanta Surgi-Center, which had at one time also done business as "Northside Women's Clinic." (Thus it is possible that Atlanta Surgi-Center is the same facility as the "Atlanta Northside" facility where Geneva Calton had undergone her fatal abortion in 1979.) Catherine's abortion was performed by Daniel McBrayer.

Catherine went into cardiac arrest while left unattended in recovery after her abortion. She was resuscitated, but remained comatose. State officials inspected the clinic and alleged "serious problems" after Catherine was injured. They cited this National Abortion Federation facility for administering "the same anesthesia dosages" to patients whose weights ranges from 107 to 167 pounds, inadequate record keeping, and inadequate supervision of patients.

State investigators indicated that they'd been turned away the first time they'd tried to inspect the facility, and were forced to stage a raid in order to obtain the records needed to investigate the mishap that later killed Catherine. The clinic complained that they'd only turned the state investigators away because they'd failed to display badges and a subpoena. They also complained to the press that the raid was "political harassment" due to the fact that an anti-abortion activist had complained to the state about the facility.

Among the patient care problems cited, the investigators also said that they found discrepancies between the number of fetuses sent to the disposal lab and the number of abortions performed. In 1989 Atlanta Surgi-Center had logged 1,748 abortions, but had only sent 155 fetuses for disposal. In 1988 they had logged 2,774 abortions, but only sent 155 fetuses for disposal. In 1987 they logged 1,104 abortoins but only sent 306 fetuses for disposal. The investigation into fetus disposal was prompted by local prolifers reporting that they had seen hundreds of fetuses in the clinic's dumpsters. Dr. Gay, the clinic director, denied the allegations.

On October 10, 1989, Catherine died in a nursing home in Tennessee without ever awakening from her coma. She left an 11-year-old daughter motherless.

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Anonymous said...

He worked wonders for me! I'm sure abortions were far more dangerous in 89 then they are now. I've seen websites that record women who died from abortions and I can't seem to find any after 92'. Just saying.

Christina Dunigan said...
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Christina Dunigan said...

A dead fetus hardly constitutes "working wonders." They're fairly fragile and don't seem to be that hard to kill. He "didn't do me any particular damage that I'm aware of" may be a more accurate assessment.

As for the no deaths after 1992, just my own records. 1993:

-Andrea Corey, sent home with retained tissue by a clinic she'd been referred to by Planned Parenthood. Died of sepsis.

-Jane Doe of Newark, bled to death from a perforated uterus, leaving a 4-year-old boy with out a mother.

-Giselene Lafontant went into cardiac arrest and died.

-Kathy McNight died of a pulmonary embolism.

-Guadalupe Negron bled to death under such appalling circumstances that her safe and legal abortionist ended up going to prison.

-Angela Sanchez was injected with drugs by a clinic owner pretending to be a doctor. When she died the clinic owner sent her kids home without her and tried to dump the body in the trunk of Angela's own car.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Pam Colson bled to death in the back seat of her friend's car on the ride home from her safe and legal abortion.

-Alerte Desanges was badly resuscitaed after going into cardiac arrest. She died under the care of a guy who the clinic was "rehabilitating" after he'd lost his license due to selling controlled substances to pay off gambling debts.

-Fourteen-year-old Jammie Garcia had her fetus shoved into her bowel and left there. She died while doctors were trying to determine the cause of the obstruction.

-Christina Mora died at a National Abortion Federation member facility after her abortionist rushed through a 17-week abortion in just three minutes.

-Fifteen-year-old Sara Niebel was sent home with bits of infected fetal bone lodged in her brain; she contracted meningitis and died as a result.

-Magdalena Rodriguez was slashed up internally then allowed to bleed out on the clinic floor.

-Ingrid Thomas died of peritonitis.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Lisa Bardsley was discharged with a massive uterine laceration. She bled to death.

-Linda Boom was subjected to a dangerous, antiquated technique and died of salt poisoning.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Carolina Gutierrez died of sepsis, despite the amputation of her gangrenous limbs to try to save her life.

-Sharon Hamplton bled to death, her 3-year-old son in her arms, in the back seat of her mother's car on the drive home from her safe, legal abortion.

-I have few details on what happened to Chivon Williams beyond the fact that trusting Alberto Hodari to do her abortion cost her her life.

-Tanya Williamson was inadequately monitored in recovery then inadequately resuscitated.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Sixteen-yar-old Maureen Espinoza died after a safe, legal abortion in Texas.

-Tammy Harris was too weak to walk, so they shoved her out of the clinic in a wheelchair and sent her home to die.

-Nichole Williams was the third patient I know of who died after an abortion by Robert Crist.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Tamika Dowdy died in New York under mysterious cicumstances following her safe and legal abortion.

-Lou Anne Herron begged and pleaded for staff to help her as they left her to bleed to death in their inadequately staffed recovery room.

-Kendra McLeod was sent home to bleed to death.

-Venus Ortiz finally died five years after being left in a coma by her safe and legal abortion at a National Abortion Federation member.

-Virginia Wolfe was slashed up internally and bled to death.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Shelby Moran died after her abortion left her incapacitated for years in a nursing home, unable to care for her five children.

-"Yvonne" died of sepsis.

Christina Dunigan said...


-L'Echelle Head died of mysterious causes after her safe and legal abortion.

-Kimberly Neil became the tenth patient I know of who died after an abortion at National Abortion Federation member Family Planning Associates Medical Group.

-Nicey Washington died of sepsis.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Planned Parenthood sent Diana Lopez home to bleed to death.

-"Adelle" was inadequately monitored and allowed to languish in the recovery room, resulting in her death.

-Brenda Vise was given abortion drugs in an off-label manner, then instructed not to seek help for her symptoms of ruptured ectopic pregnancy. As a result, she died.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Leigh Ann Alford was sent home to bleed to death by her doctor at a National Abortion Federation member clinic.

-Holly Patterson was given abortion drugs in an off-label manner by Planned Parenthood, and died of sepsis.

-Ditto for Vivian Tran.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Chanelle Bryant was given abortion drugs in an off-label manner by a National Abortion Federation Member. She died of sepsis.

-Fifteen-year-old Tamia Russell bled to death after an illegal third-trimester abortion was performed on her by a National Abortion Federation member clinic.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Christin Gilbert, a 19-year-old mentally disabled rape victim, died of sepsis after what was probably an illegal third-trimester abortion at National Abortion Federation member George Tiller's infamous mill in Wichita.

-Oriene Shevin was given abortion drugs in an off-label manner and died of sepsis.

Christina Dunigan said...


-Edrika Goode died of sepsis after a nurse at Planned Parenthood inserted laminaria despite clear evidence of a vaginal infection.

-Laura Smith died on the abortion table just last month. We're still waiting to find out why.