Friday, January 18, 2008

Searches: Assorted death and mayhem

  • Brevital complications. Fatal, during abortions: Suzanne Logan, Debra Gray, Tanya Williamson, Deanna Bell, and Venus Ortiz. That I know of.

  • Legal abortion clinics in Kentucky. Some winners: EMW Women's Surgical Center, a National Abortion Federation member that hired a security guard who turned out to be a rapist. There was Ronachai Banchongmanie, who wasn't too seedy a quack for the ACLU to go to bat for. Ralph Robinson worked at Chattanooga Women's Center -- a winning combination.

  • Abortion in 1940 remains a popular search. Let's look at the whole decade: While abortion was still illegal, there was a massive drop in maternal mortality from abortion. The death toll fell from 1,407 in 1940, to 744 in 1945, to 263 in 1950. Most researches attribute this plunge to the development of blood transfusion techniques and the introduction of antibiotics. The death I know of is Pauline Shirley, 1940, but we're taking NOW's word for it, and remember they claim that Becky Bell died from an illegal or self-induced abortion.

  • Valentine's Day murder: Well, I have John Baxter Hamilton (pictured), that compassionate provider of vital reproductive health care services, champion of women's lives, who bludgeoned his wife to death in their bathroom on Valentine's Day of 2001.

  • Abortion video. There's one here. And here (GRAPHIC! CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK!):

  • Dr. Benjamin Munson was the South Dakota back-alley butcher who was magically converted to a provider of safe and legal abortion services by the Supreme Court in 1973. He promptly demonstrated how much better off women were by sending Linda Padfield home to die of a septic abortion. For an encore, he did the same thing to Yvonne Mesteth. I know of two other criminal abortionists whose practices were legalized by courts or legislators, and who thanked their benefactors by turning around and killing two abortion patients: Milan Vuitch did the fatal safe and legal abortions on Georgianna English and Wilma Harris, and Jesse Ketchum safely and legally performed fatal abortions on Margaret Smith and Carole Schaner.
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