Thursday, October 23, 2008

Search: Planned Parenthood Abortion Deaths

Planned Parenthood is perhaps the organization most revered by those who support legal abortion. The following women trusted Planned Parenthood to make good on promises of safety and high standards of care, and paid with their lives.

Also keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of women who've died after abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities. These are just the deaths that I, personally, was able to identify from public record documents. Unless somebody first does a search of court records or other records and publicizes the death, I can not learn of it.

  • Edrica Goode: This 21-year-old aspiring lawyer went to a Planned Parenthood in Riverside, California, on January 31, 2007, for a second-trimester abortion. Despite clear signs of infection, a nurse practitioner inserted laminaria and sent her home.

  • Diana Lopez: Diana Lopez, age 25, was 19 weeks pregnant when she went to a Planned Parenthood for an abortion on February 28, 2002. Before the day was over, Diana had bled to death.

  • Holly Patterson: Holly Patterson, age 18, died September 17, 2003, from sepsis caused by a fetus incompletely expelled in a chemical abortion. Holly got the drugs for the fatal abortion at a Planned Parenthood in Hayward, California, on September 10.

  • Vivian Tran: Vivian was 22 years old, and died December 29, 2003, six days into the abortion process. She'd been given abortion drugs on December 23 at the Costa Mesa Planned Parenthood facility.

  • Nichole Williams: Twenty-two-year-old Nicole was the third patient known to have died of abortion complications under the dubious care of Dr. Robert Crist. The others were Latachie Veal and Diane Boyd. Nichole submitted to an abortion at a National Abortion Federation member facility operated by Planned Parenthood.

    The following patients were referred by Planned Parenthood for the abortions that took their lives. So though it was not Planned Parenthood staff that took instrument in hand and killed them, their deaths are still due to having trusted Planned Parenthood.

  • Andrea Corey: Andrea Corey was 31 years old when she was referred by nearby Planned Parenthood to Southern Tier Women's Services in New York for an abortion.

  • Sandra Kaiser: In October of 1984, 14-year-old Sandra Kaiser was referred by Planned Parenthood to Reproductive Health Services (RHS) for an abortion, to be done behind her mother's back in violation of parental involvement laws. Afterward, Sandra's mental health deteriorated and she threw herself into traffic.

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    Anonymous said...

    Childbirth kills ten times as many women as abortion.

    Kathy said...

    Anonymous, here are a few links for your perusal:

    Abortion is four times deadlier than childbirth (from Finland)

    Under-reporting of pregnancy-related mortality in the US & France

    The cover-up: Why Abortion mortality statistics are meaningless

    Reasons for the Under-reporting of maternal mortality

    Christina Dunigan said...

    Anon, that's not known -- we have no idea because we don't have accurate information on abortion deaths. But even if it WERE true, what difference would it make? Nothing we do to make childbirth safer addresses abortion quackery. To make excuses, as you do, for abortion quackery on the grounds that abortion is presumable safer makes no more sense than to make excuses for failure to maintain a commercial jet on the grounds that more people die in car crashes.

    Only God Knows said...

    Have any of you KNOWN anyone that died from an abortion? Have any of you KNOWN a woman who had an abortion? PERSONALLY, I mean. I beat Ovarian Cancer and b/c I caught it early on I didn't have a hysterectomy. AND NOW I'M PREGNANT!!! My fault, the doctors fault, it doesn't matter. What matters is that the life sustaining meds I'm on (oh and the cancer killing chemo & radiation which is still in my system)will kill the fetus if I stay on them or kill me if I go off of them. I'm not getting an abortion b/c I can't afford a baby right now or b/c I'm too young and I'm sure as hell not having it done by choice. This fetus has NO chance in hell of becoming a living human being. So, I ask you: Do I use my body as an incubator for a corpse or do I do the right thing and let this innocent soul return to the Kingdom of Heaven where it won't EVER suffer? If I die, the fetus dies. Is it your belief that we should both die? I'm in such despair over this that people who believe as you do make my morning sickness even worse, basically you make me sick. So again I ask you ... is it better to make this innocent soul suffer for ANY amount of time or do I believe that God has a better journey for it now among Him? And just for the record, if it or I had ANY chance of living here on Earth together, don't you think I'd take that option? If I stop my medications it's considered medical suicide WHICH IS STILL A SIN TO THOSE WHO KNOW GOD'S LAW. One last thing ... if someone commits suicide b/c THEY didn't get help after having an abortion, it is NOT the clinics fault. It's the persons! BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN LIVES AND LET OTHERS DO THE SAME FOR THEIRS. I will not return to see what you post in response b/c I don't care what you have to say about my situation. I'm just writing to make a point that NOT every situation is the same and you MUST take responsibility for your words. AND YES, GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN ME FORGIVENESS, HAS HE TO YOU? And I believe that if even one of you used the time you spent writing on this blog to help a BREATHING human being, your lives would be full of so much worth. No one will remember you for this blog, they will, however, if you actually got off your asses and did something else, maybe like helping GrannyGrump across the road. May God forgive you for any and all sins you commit. Amen.

    Only God Knows said...

    Forgot this part...
    If God didn't want an abortion to happen don't you think HE has the power to stop it???? God forgives but it's a sin if we don't. Maybe you should start thinking about that instead of blaming everyone else for your eternal rest in hell.

    Kathy said...

    You say you won't come back to see any comments, but just in case you do...

    There are some medications and therapies that you can take while pregnant that will not harm or will not kill the fetus. Obviously, it depends on the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, the different available drugs, etc.

    It was previously assumed that all pregnant women diagnosed with cancer ought to have therapeutic abortions so that 1) their babies would not be born with deformities and 2) so that their bodies would better respond to the cancer treatments. Then they actually did a study and found that while there was a higher incidence of fetal death than in women who did not have treatments for cancer, it was still in the low percentage points of occurring. There is also some evidence to suggest that pregnant women respond better to treatment than women who have abortions, perhaps due to some psychological factors -- many women who undergo unwanted abortions (such as "therapeutic" abortions of a wanted baby, as opposed to elective abortions) fall into depression, which makes it harder for them to get well.

    The situation may not be as bleak as you think. Since I don't know your situation, there is no way I could know whether your particular case might have some ray of hope for you and your baby. But here are a couple of links for you (or anyone else who might happen by), that may be of assistance: CancerPoints' Pregnacny and Cancer, and Hope for Two.

    While you may think that your doctor knows more than the average person about your condition (and he may), many doctors are actually a bit behind the times in other things. Look on this site for Ashli McCall who had an unwanted "therapeutic" abortion as the treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) [basically extreme vomiting due to pregnancy; she couldn't keep anything down; she was losing weight, vomiting up blood, etc.]. Her doctor told her that an abortion was the only possibility. After the abortion, she found out that her doctor was wrong. She has met other women with HG who were told the same thing, and SHE was able to help them (tell them about drugs, treatments, alternative therapies, whatever) when their doctors stood by passively, recommending an abortion unnecessarily. Apparently, some doctors are just ignorant, while others fear giving certain drugs and harming the baby (remember the thalidomide problem in Europe in the 60s? -- it was a drug for nausea that was liberally dispensed to pregnant women, and was soon discovered to cause severe deformities in babies, with babies being born missing arms, legs, hands, etc.), preferring to kill the baby instead -- perhaps out of fear of lawsuit, perhaps because they think that it's better for the baby to definitely die than to possibly die or possibly live with defects.

    Also you can search for Allegra Roseberry on this site -- she also was unexpectedly pregnant, and found out she had cancer. Her doctors insisted she get an abortion, saying that if she didn't, she couldn't get treatment for her cancer (it was a research trial). So, she got an abortion, and it killed her. A little investigation discovered that the cancer trial would have been able to continue even though she was pregnant.

    Finally, if you look around this website for very long, you'll note that those of us who are pro-life *do* help others, and we do not have a knee-jerk reaction of automatic condemnation for abortion. Granny Grump's consistent attitude is one of sorrow for those harmed by abortion (men, women, and fetuses alike), and also sorrow that so many women think that abortion is a good thing, or is their only choice, when that may not be the case at all. Her passion comes from numerous things, including her own near-abortion many years ago, as well as those of others she knew.

    Christina Dunigan said...

    You beat me to the punch, Kathy.

    One of the things that I hate most about abortion advocacy is the needless hell it puts women trough. People get all to where they'll say anything to justify abortion, including citing cases that they've done NO research on, but they know that people will be sympathetic to women in those situations and will assume that abortion is needed.

    There's a place in Hell for people who deliberately torment rape victims, women with health problems, and women whose babies have health problems, to use them as pawns in a crusade to make abortion seem like a positive good. Sick twisted rat bastards.

    Kathy said...

    Yes. One problem with the abortion advocacy groups is that they do take women who possibly have justifiable reasons for abortions (rape, incest, life of the mother, are those typically cited; some would include fetal anomaly and perhaps a few other types of cases) and then use them to promote no-holds-barred abortion, which probably accounts for 99% or more of the all abortions. They hide behind a false front of being concerned about women who are truly victims, saying they don't want abortion restrictions because it might stop women from getting abortions in the above >1% category. But that's such a false line of reasoning. If they were concerned about reducing abortions, or only concerned about keeping abortion legal for rape, incest, life of the mother, or fetal anomaly, they could easily push for a law that would allow that. Instead, they push for ever greater access to abortion for any reason at all, and any restriction (even in having parents consent to their minor daughters' abortions, just as they would have to consent to them getting their ears pierced, or getting a tattoo, or getting an appendectomy) is immediately shouted down, and we're called the haters.