Sunday, December 27, 2020

December 27: Safe and Legal -- But Actually Illegal

Arnetta Hardaway was 18 years old when she had an abortion performed by Dr. George Tucker in Atlanta on December 23, 1985. Like other Black women, she was at higher risk for death than a white woman from abortion complications.

Arnetta continued to bleed, and developed infection, after her abortion. On December 27, she died from infection and hemorrhage, according to the medical examiner. 

Tucker was investigated by the medical board for failure to meet minimal standards of care, and was indicted for performing an illegal third-trimester abortion. At the time of Arnetta's abortion, Georgia law required that second-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals. Third trimester abortions were only allowed for purported danger to the mother's life, though third-trimester life-of-the-mother abortion is nonsensical on its face, since nobody would reasonably think that the mother would benefit medically from additional steps taken to ensure a dead baby prior to ending the pregnancy safely for the woman. District Attorney Lewis Slaton characterized Arnetta's abortion as "way late."

Tucker had an active medical board order on his license as of January 4, 2002. The Georgia medical board web site does not reveal the details of the order.

Fortunately, though I had lost the original page, I found more information about Arnetta's death on a newspaper search and have included the clippings and information in this post.

Watch Not So Legal After All on YouTube.

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