Thursday, November 20, 2008

Abortion deaths in 1987

The Centers for Disease Control deigned to count the following abortion deaths in their most recent Abortion Surveillance Summary, for 2004:

Today I'll look at deaths in 1987. They count 7 legal and 2 illegal.

I have 11; 10 legal and one likely illegal, which means that I counted at least three that the CDC missed, but I likely missed an illegal death.

  • Brenda Benton died from hepatic necrosis due to toxicity reaction to abortion anesthesia.

  • Belinda Byrd was left unattended for three hours after her five-minute abortion.

  • Kathy Davis died of heart failure after her safe, legal abortion.

  • Elise Kalat went into bronchospasms and died two days after her abortion.

  • Patricia King died in an abortion facility that her sister described as looking "like a haunted house".

  • Myria McFadden suffered heart and lung failure after her abortion.

  • Michelle Thames was one of four women I know of who died at Her Medical Clinic.

  • Iris Velazquez's survivors sued after her abortion, which they said was illegal.

  • Pamela Wainwright left two children, one of them with Down syndrome, motherless after her abortionist accidentally pumped carbon dioxide into her bloodstream.

  • Sheila Watley died of an embolism after her abortion.

  • Diane Watson died when four doctors at the abortion facility all failed to resuscitate her.

    Remember that the CDC will count an abortion death as an illegal abortion death if the doctor's license was suspended or revoked, even if the woman had no way of knowing this and believed her abortion to be one of the perfectly safe, legal kind. So it's possible that one or more of these apparently legal deaths was "illegal" in their eyes. We have no way of knowing which ones they counted or how they classified them.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

    For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post.

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