Saturday, December 15, 2007

Search: "Back alley abortion deaths"

I presume the person searching is interested only in those horrible deaths before legalization, rather than those horrible deaths that happened after legalization.

I can be cooperative. There were those criminal abortions performed by doctors. Those were, after all, the most common, accounting for perhaps 90% of illegal abortions, according to Mary Calderone, then-Medical Director of Planned Parenthood. Also according to the proceedings of the 1955 Conference on Induced Abortion. Also according to researcher Nancy Howell Lee.

The second most common type were those performed by nurses, midwives, and other people with some sort of medical training. Many of them had a physician providing training, equipment, medications, and emergency back-up.

Then there were those performed by people with no medical training. They could range from ordinary homemakers or the woman's paramour, to trained laypersons like the "Jane" collective in Chicago, that that had physician backup and training (albeit inexcusably poor judgment).

Rarest of all, and persisting to this day, are the self-induced abortions.

Frankly, I don't understand the obsession with dividing abortion into "bad" and "good" along lines of overall legality if the end result is the same.

Yeah, Barbara Lofrumento's abortionist chopped her up and flushed her down the toilet and garbage disposal when she died under his care. Yeah, Jacqueline Smith's abortionist, and the boyfriend who had arranged the fatal abortion, cut her up, wrapped her in Christmas paper, and tossed the pieces in New York City public trash cans. Yeah, illegal abortionists could be terrible.

But when Angela Sanchez died, her abortionist called an accomplice to help her stuff the body into the trunk of Angela's car. Magdalena Rodriguez was left unattended, bleeding out on the floor. Gaylene Golden died under the care of Joe Bills Reynolds, who had his janitor administering anesthesia in his trash-littered operating room. Jammie Garcia drowned in her own feculent fluids because her abortionist had shoved her fetus into her bowl and left it there to block things up. Carolina Gutierrez endured the amputation of her gangrenous limbs in a futile attempt to save her from abortion-related sepsis.

Call me a wierdo antichoice freakazoid, but I don't see any improvement.

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