Friday, June 08, 2007

Anniversary: Safe, legal, and one of a dozen

The survivors of 32-year-old Joyce Ortenzio filed suit against Edward Allred, his Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA), the San Vicente Hospital FPA facility, and abortionist Ruben Marmet. Joyce went to San Vicente for laminaria insertion by Marmet on June 7, 1988. Later, Marmet performed an abortion, but did not remove all of the fetal parts from Joyce's uterus.

The next day, June 8, Joyce was found dead in her home.

The cause of death was an overdose of the drug amitriptyline, infection from fetal parts that were not removed during the abortion and septic shock.

Joyce left three children motherless.

Joyce is one of many women to die at this National Abortion Federaton facility. Others known to have died after abortion at Allred's facilities include:

*Denise Holmes, age 24, 1970
*Patricia Chacon, age 16, 1984
*Mary Pena, age 43, 1984
*Josefina Garcia, age 37, 1985
*Lanice Dorsey, age 17, 1986
*Tami Suematsu, age 19, 1988
*Susan Levy, age 30, 1992
*Deanna Bell, age 13, 1992
*Christine Mora, age 18, 1994
*Kimberly Neil, 2000
*Chanelle Bryant, age 22, 2004

I suspect that the reason the deaths appear in clusters is because those are years that researchers checked for lawsuits, rather than that these are all the women and girls who died at Allred facilities. Anybody with the time and resources to do so could probably uncover other deaths Allred and his staff have managed to sweep under the carpet.

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