Saturday, April 05, 2008

Anniversary: When killing a woman was still a big deal

On the morning of April 5, 1927, Arhne Reynolds died at the office of Dr. Louis Ginsburg from an abortion performed on her there that day. Ginsburg was arrested on April 18, and indicted for felony murder on May 15. Back in the "bad old days", it wasn't just shrugged off as no big deal when an abortionist killed a woman, like it is now.

Arhne's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was >performed by a physician.

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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Joy said...

You know what gets me? When I tell people that there abortions being performed in the late 2nd and entire 3 trimesters, they immediately put up this defense that "It's illegal."

Gee, really? Because it's still being done. I did a little searching and found a "Late-term Abortion Clinic" in my neighborhood. They proudly advertised doing abortions in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

The issue isn't about making abortion legal or illegal because that will not put up boundries. It is about finding means of educating and counseling women. Because 9 out of 10 women who SEE their baby on ultrasound choose to walk out of the abortion clinic (per stated by a local prolife clinic who has a sonogram machine).

Joy said...

Excuse me, I believe it was 8 out of 10 abortion-minded women walk out and keep/adopt their babies.

Christina Dunigan said...

I overheard a woman vehemently insisting that abortion is illegal after 12 weeks. I didn't say a word, just opened the phone book to the Yellow Pages and pointed to the two ads for the town's abortion clinics -- both of which advertised abortions to 24 weeks.

She scowled at me.

A couple of weeks later, in another conversation with another person, she was again vehemently insisting that abortion is illegal after 12 weeks.

It's amazing the size of the blind spot.