Monday, October 27, 2008

1972: Teen dies from abortion at Family Planning Associates facility

Sixteen-year-old Natalie Meyers was pronouced dead at 9:35AM on October 27, 1972, at County-USC Medical Center. She had been transferred there from San Vicente abortion hospital in Los Angeles on October 22.

Her mother has brought her to San Vincente Hospital for a safe and legal abortion on October 21. Milton Gotlib had injected saline into Natalie's uterus that day. The strong salt solution was intended to kill Natalie's unborn baby and cause labor.

At first, everything went as intended. On October 22, Natalie expelled the dead baby. But there were immediate signs of trouble. She retained the placenta, had trouble breathing, and suffered abdominal pain, so San Vicente staff transferred Natalie to County-USC Medical Center just before midnight.

Natalie was in shock when she arrived at County-USC. She underwent a D&C there, but remained in shock from infection in her uterus. On October 26, a hysterectomy was performed to try to control the infection, to no avail.

The autopsy found most of Natalie's internal organs swollen and hemorrhagic. Death was attributed to hyaline membrane disease brought on by the abortion.

Natalie is one of many young mothers to die at one of Edward Allred's facilities. Others known to have died after abortion at Allred's facilities include:

Despite these deaths, and the fact that Allred has admitted in a deposition that he's never done any sort of review of procedures to prevent further deaths, his Family Planning Associates facilities were welcomed into, and remain part of, the National Abortion Federation.

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