Tuesday, December 21, 2021

December 21: Fatal Christmas Stopover

Denise Holmes, a 24-year-old Australian woman living in Texas, decided to undergo a safe and legal abortion at Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on her way home for Christmas of 1970. 

She checked into Avalon Hospital (an abortion facility owned by Edward Campbell Allred) on December 21. 

During the abortion, Denise suffered an amniotic fluid embolism that carried pieces of fetal bone marrow into her lungs. She was pronounced dead by Allred at Avalon at 5pm. 

Denise is the first confirmed abortion death at an Allred facility. Other women known to have died after abortions at Allred's Family Planning Associates Medical Group chain of facilities include Patricia ChaconMary PenaJosefina GarciaLanice Dorsey, Joyce OrtenzioTami SuematsuDeanna Bell, Susan Levy, Christina Mora, Ta Tanisha Wesson, Nakia JordenMaria Leho, Kimberly Neil, Maria Rodriguez, and Chanelle Bryant.

Watch Stopover for Death on YouTube.

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