Friday, April 18, 2008

1971 -- First verified suicide after safe, legal abortion

"Sandra" was 18 years old when she underwent a first-trimester abortion procedure in New York. Three days later, on April 18, 1971, Sandra killed herself. Before her death, she had expressed guilt about having "killed her baby."

Tragically, nobody had contacted Sandra to give her the results of the pathology report on what had been removed from her uterus. There had been no embryo. Sandra had not actually been pregnant.

Sandra's needless death underscores two issues:

1. Women who undergo abortions are more likely to die violent deaths, especially to commit suicide, compared to women who carry to term or who do not experience a pregnancy.

2. Abortion facilities have a history of slovenly practices, including failing to verify pregnancy and failure to follow up on test results.

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