Monday, October 22, 2007

Anniversary: Mentally disabled rape victim dies after care at National Abortion Federation clinic

Nineteen-year-old Diane Boyd lived in a Missouri state institution for the developmentally disabled. There, she was beaten and raped in July of 1981, and was later discovered to be pregnant.

An abortion was arranged for Diane at National Abortion Federation member Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis, and Diane's mother signed a consent form. The abortion was performed October 22, 1981. Diane died the next day.

According to suits later filed by Diane's mother, RHS staff and abortionist Robert Crist did not check for possible drug interactions before giving Diane valium and sublimaze. These drugs evidently reacted with Diane's usual medication, thorazine, causing her to stop breathing. Diane's mother said that the clinic lacked heart monitoring equipment or resuscitation equipment.

Diane was not the last woman to die after abortion by Crist. Seventeen-year-old Latatchie Veal bled to death after an abortion by Crist in 1991. Twenty-two-year-old Nichole Williams died of DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy) after an abortion by Crist in 1997.

Fourteen-year-old Sandra Kaiser committed suicide after a 1984 abortion at RHS, performed without her mother's knowledge or consent.

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Angry Angel said...

Wow...I dont have much to say about that, but that was shocking! Thanks for that information. Its nice when people posts these kind of things for everyone to see.

Christina Dunigan said...

Thanx, Jen.

I post abortion deaths -- legal, illegal, whatever -- on the anniversary. I don't play the "Only certain abortion deaths are tragic" and "Only certain abortion deaths are worth my notice." Every one of these women was somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's friend, somebody's mom, and every one of them was killed by somebody espousing the idea that you "help" women by killing their babies.