Legal Abortion Death: Ellen Williams, 38 (Infection due to Punctured Uterus and Bowel)

Kevin Sherlock writes about Ellen Williams:

“This 38-year-old public school administrator died March 6, 1985, four days after undergoing an abortion at Dadeland Family Planning Center in Miami. Her husband sued abortion providers Nabil Ghali and Chatoor Singh for his wife’s death.

According to court paperwork on the case, Singh performed an abortion on Ellen March 2, 1985. Complaining of high fever and cramps, Ellen returned to the facility March 4. Ghali and Singh performed a second abortion on the woman and sent her home. She worsened, and had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital March 5. She died in the hospital the next day. A Dade County medical examiner performed an autopsy on her and found she died of peritonitis (inflammation of the abdominal and pelvic cavity lining membrane) because her uterus and bowel were punctured during the abortions.”

Sources: Dade County Circuit Court in Miami, Court Case No. 85 –14112 and Tropic Magazine of the Miami Herald

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997) 18

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Legal Abortion Death: Diane Boyd, 19 (Fatal drug interaction)

Researcher Kevin Sherlock writes about the death of Diane Boyd:

“This 19-year-old [mentally handicapped] girl died October 23, 1981, after undergoing an abortion at Reproductive Health Services. Barbara Bates, Diane’s mother, sued Reproductive Health Services over her death. She charged abortion provider Robert Crist failed to check Diane’s medical records before performing the abortion on her. Diane’s mother said Diane suffered breathing depression during the abortion, which led to her death the next day…

Diane’s mother alleged Diane was beaten and raped in the state operated St. Louis Developmental Disability Treatment Center in July 1981, and that she became pregnant as a result of being raped. Diane’s mother signed the consent form for her to undergo an abortion, and the abortion was arranged to take place at Reproductive Health Services.

Diane’s mother charged Crist and Reproductive Health Services staffers didn’t check Diane’s medical records before they plied her with drugs and performed the abortion. Diane was taking the antipsychotic drug Thorazine, her mother said, and the abortion facility staffers gave her Valium and the narcotic painkiller Sublimaze. She also implied Crist performed a risky kind of abortion on Diane, saying the type of abortion he performed was contraindicated because Diane was already in her second trimester of pregnancy.

The St. Louis medical examiner determined Diane died because of her reaction to the Sublimaze dose given to her, according to published reports.

The Physician’s Desk Reference notes Thorazine in the presence of a large dose of a depressant like Sublimaze is dangerous. Likewise, it notes Sublimaze must be used carefully to avoid causing breathing depression…

St. Louis medical examiner Dr George Ganther…attributed Diane’s death to the tranquilizers staffers at Reproductive Health Services gave her. “This was a severely brain damaged individual, and she could not tolerate any respiratory depressant,” medical examiner Dr Mary Case was quoted as saying…

Mental hospital officials said Reproductive Health Services officials “made no request for a detailed medical history of Miss Boyd before she was transferred to the clinic for the operation”, a reporter wrote.…

Reporters implied Reproductive Health Services may not have had resuscitation equipment available to help Diane when she went into respiratory arrest. In one article, the reporter wrote that officials of the abortion facility “declined to disclose whether there was any resuscitation equipment available when the operation on Miss Boyd was performed.” In another article, another reporter said Reproductive Health Services officials still weren’t saying if they had any resuscitation equipment available when they were performing the abortion on Diane…

Barbara Bates sued the state of Missouri for allowing Diane to be beaten and raped. And in her suit against Crist and Reproductive Health Services, she accused them of not having heart monitoring equipment, general anesthetic equipment, or adequate resuscitation equipment on premises, as well as causing Diane to die by their negligence…

Judge James Corcoran dismissed the case against the state and its officials in May 1982.

Barbara Bates’ lawyer appealed Judge Corcoran’s ruling, but state appellate court judges upheld the ruling in December 1983. Eventually, Judge George Adolf dismissed the rest of the case without prejudice in September 1986…”

Sources: St. Louis City Circuit Court Case 812 – 11077; St. Louis Post – Dispatch 10/26/81, 10/27/81, 10/30/81, 11/4/81, 11/10/81, 11/14/81, and 1/21/82

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997)
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Legal Abortion Death: Charisse of Denver, 20 (Infection)

Researcher Kevin Sherlock learned about the death of Charisse from Colorado. He writes:

“This 20-year-old single black woman died in a hospital in Arapahoe County July 28, 1989 after she underwent an abortion. Charisse, who worked as a restaurant counter person, died from a “severe infection” as a result of the “termination of pregnancy”, noted the doctor who determined the cause of her death.

The NCHS database showed two of the causes of Charisse’s death were legally induced abortion complicated by genital tract and pelvic infection and legally induced abortion without mention of complication (ICD – 9:635.0 and 635.9).”

Source: Colorado Department of Health

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997) 227

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Legal Abortion Death: Michelle Thames, 18, fatal seizure brought on by abortion

Keven Sherlock describes the death from legal abortion of Michelle Thames:

“Michelle Thames, an 18-year-old U.S. Navy inductee to be, suffered a seizure while undergoing an abortion at Her Medical Clinic September 19, 1987. She died soon afterward. Michelle’s family attorney accused Her Medical Clinic staffers of taking inadequate medical data from Michelle, and of trying incompetently to resuscitate her.”

Source: Los Angeles Herald Examiner 2/22/88

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997)

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13-year-old chooses life after rape

Pregnant by rape at age 13, a young woman had her baby. Serrin Foster recalls:

“After my lecture at a Midwestern university, a student pulled me aside. She told me that she was raped by her third cousin as a mere 13-year-old and had become pregnant. Her parents had helped her have the privacy she wanted during her pregnancy, and then she placed her son with two loving parents.

I asked her, why she did she make the decision to have the child – when she was just a girl who had lived through what was arguably the worst of circumstances? She said she would never pass on the violence that was perpetrated against her to her own unborn child. Now that is the strength of a woman. That’s a feminist response.”

Serrin M Forster “Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions” The American Feminist 2012, p 6

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Mother demands her daughter get an abortion

Audrey [pseudonym] tells a story from the late 1980s:

“I was 15 when I found out I was pregnant. I remember my parents being devastated…not by the fact that I was pregnant, exactly. They were ashamed of what people would think. The morning after I told them, my mom woke me early and told me to get ready. She didn’t say a single word to me in the car or the waiting room of the clinic. In the doctor’s office she demanded I get an abortion – to the doctor, to me, to the nurse, to anyone who would listen. I was mortified. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I knew I didn’t want an abortion. I got up, walked out of the clinic and all the way home. Two days later I was on a bus to an unwed mother’s home in another state. The experience didn’t make me change the decision I made, but it forever changed my relationship with my mother.”

Sally A Winn “Shaming Young Mothers” The American Feminist Spring/Summer 2014, p 8

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Woman found herself “in a cycle of self-destructive behavior” after abortion

One woman told her post-abortion story:

“I expected to feel relieved when the abortion was over. I thought it would erase the pregnancy. I thought I could move on with my life.  I was wrong.

Although I didn’t feel this way before the procedure, it was now clear to me that the abortion ended the life of my child. I felt guilty and desired punishment. I deserved to suffer.

Afterword, the mere presence of my boyfriend caused deep hurt and pain.

I found it difficult to work. In between student lessons, I’d retreat to the staff room and cry.

I soon found myself in a cycle of self-destructive behavior that included an eating disorder…

About two years after the abortion, I was living in Southern California when I began experiencing periods of intense anger followed by periods of profound sadness.

For weeks and sometimes months at a time, I was too fatigued to do more than eat a meal and shower during the day… This downward spiral continued until suicidal thoughts began to scare me.”

“A Mother Regrets Her Abortion” She’s a Child, Not a “Choice” 30th anniversary ed., Human Life Alliance (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2019) p. 3

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Abortion was historically illegal in England

Early American abortion law was based on British law. Abortion was illegal in England before the time of the colonies. Here is the abortion law 1290s England:

“He, too, in strictness is a homicide who has pressed upon a pregnant woman or has given her poison or has struck her in order to procure an abortion… if the foetus was already formed and quickened… A woman also commits homicide if, by a potion or the like, she destroys a quickened child in her womb.”

Fleta (c. 1290) vol. 2, Book 1, Ch. 23 Publications of the Selden Society (London: 1955 ed. and transl. HG Richardson and GO Sayles) vol. 72, 60

At this time, scientists didn’t know that life began at conception. They had not yet identified the reality of the sperm and egg, or known how they combine to create life. Therefore, both the scientific community and the public believed that life began when the baby started to move- quickening, when the woman felt the baby’s movements. We now know that preborn babies move long before the woman can feel them moving.

This laws is significant though, because it shows that British law  protected preborn babies as soon as it was believed they had independent life. Now that we know more about the beginning of life at conception, to follow the spirit of the law, abortion would be illegal.

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6392 abortions take place worldwide every hour

The Human Life Alliance reported the following statistic, from the Alan Guttmacher Institute:

“At least 6392 abortions are executed around the globe every hour – an average of 106 children a minute – enough to empty five kindergarten classrooms in just sixty seconds.”

Most of these abortions are done by surgery.

Alan Guttmacher Institute “Facts on Induced Abortion Worldwide” March 2018

“Around the World Alarms Sound” Endangered, a World in Peril Human Life Alliance, 1614 93rd Ln. NE., Minneapolis, MN, 55449, pg. 2

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Woman describes being “emotionally tortured” by her abortion

A woman named Nadine said:

“I was so naïve. I had no idea what an abortion actually was. They made it all sounds so safe, so easy, so simple. They promised an abortion would take care of my problem and I’d be back to my old self and I could continue with whatever I wanted in my life. The counselor even said, “If you were my daughter, I’d tell you the same thing. It’s the right thing to do.”

Everyone assured me not to worry, that there was nothing to be afraid of. The counseling I received was like, yes, you can do this; yes, it’s safe; and don’t worry, you won’t have any problems.

I have been emotionally tortured by this experience for the past 24 years. It’s made my life a pit of depression and anxiety.”

Teresa Burke, David C Reardon Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002) 37

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