Sunday, March 06, 2011

1970: Lingering death for teen after pre-Roe abortion

A 16-year-old girl underwent a safe and legal second-trimester saline abortion on August 26, 1969. A journal article on her death identifies her as "F.S." Life Dynamics identifies her as "Fay" on their "Blackmun Wall" as having been killed by a legal abortion.
F.S. developed an infection and symptoms of meningitis after her abortion. She continued to be treated for ten days before she was transferred to another hospital in San Francisco for further treatment.
Doctors performed two heart valve replacements of F.S., and had scheduled her for yet another before she died on March 6, 1970. The cause of death was severe congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

LDI Sources: "Medical and Surgical Complications of Therapeutic Abortions,Á± Stewart, Goldstein, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 40:4, October 1972, 547

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