Abandoned patient dies an abortion clinic

LifeNews tells the story of a woman who died after a poorly performed abortion:

Angela was twenty weeks pregnant when she walked into a dingy abortion clinic in Santa Ana, California, on August 7, 2004. Her abortion was completed in five minutes with little or no pain relief by an 84-year old abortionist, Phillip Rand, who rotated his time between several clinics throughout Southern California.

When he was done with Angela’s abortion, he got in his car and began the three-hour drive on congested California freeways to another abortion clinic in Chula Vista, near the Mexican border, where he had more patients waiting. But when Angela started bleeding heavily, the two medical aids, who were the only ones left in the clinic, didn’t know what to do. One called Rand and asked him to return to the clinic to help the hemorrhaging women, but Rand refused. He was already an hour or so away and didn’t want to go back and risk losing business in Chula Vista. He told them to call 911 if she got any worse.

Angela did get worse – much worse. By the time paramedics arrived, it was too late. They found her in a pool of her own blood. There was no oxygen or no crash cart at the clinic, but it is doubtful that the two minimally-trained aids would have know how to operate them if they had been available. Angela was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

One paramedic was so incensed by how he found Angela that he reported Rand to his supervisor who, in turn, notified the Medical Board. A signed declaration from the paramedic noted, “This was the worst post-partum patient situation at a medical clinic I have ever encountered during my time as a paramedic.” Twenty months later Rand surrendered his medical license.

For Angela, there was no continuity of care. Rand held no hospital privileges. This allowed him to operate well below the standard of care at the cost of one woman’s life.

STEVEN ERTELT “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Signs Pro-Life Bill That Could Close Three Abortion Clinics ” LifeNews JUN 12, 2014

Despite deaths like Angela’s, the Supreme Court found that abortionists can legally do abortions without admitting privileges.

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Legal Abortion Death: Patty, 16

Sixteen-year-old Patty underwent a safe and legal second-trimester abortion at the hands of either Edward Allred or Leslie Orleans at Allred’s Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles on the morning of March 3, 1984. Patty retained fetal tissues, so she was scheduled for a second procedure that afternoon to complete the abortion.

There are conflicting stories as to what happened next. Allred claimed that Patty died of an embolism during the second surgery. (He pronounced her dead at 4:30 PM.) Patty’s parents claim that the child bled to death while left unattended.

An autopsy found numerous catgut sutures in Patty’s vagina and hemorrhage in her uterus. Death was attributed to disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (a clotting disorder) due to abortion-induced amniotic fluid embolism (amniotic fluid in the bloodstream). Patty’s parents sued Allred and Orleans for their daughter’s death.

Avalon Hospital was part of Edward Allred’s Family Planning Associates Medical Group, a National Abortion Federation member facility.

Patricia is one of many women to die at one of Edward Allred’s facilities. Others known to have died after abortion at Allred’s facilities include:

* Denise Holmes, age 24, 1970
* Mary Pena, age 43, 1984
* Josefina Garcia, age 37, 1985
* Laniece Dorsey, age 17, 1986
* Joyce Ortenzio, age 32, 1988
* Tami Suematsu, age 19, 1988
* Susan Levy, age 30, 1992
* Deanna Bell, age 13, 1992
* Christine Mora, age 18, 1994
* Kimberly Neil, 2000
* Chanelle Bryant, age 22, 2004

Sources: LA County Coroner Report No. 84-2948; Daily Breeze 3/2/85; Los Angeles Herald Examiner 3/3/85

Credit: Christina Dunigan

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Lawyer for George Tiller on case of woman who was killed

An attorney for Dr. George Tiller responded to a grand jury petition calling for an investigation into the botched abortion death of a woman at Tiller’s late term clinic:

“The clinic respects the privacy of its patients, and continues to express condolences to the family, it is unfortunate that some have chosen to exploit this matter of personal grief for political purposes.”

“Kan. abortion foes petition for grand jury” Seattle-Post Intelligencer 4-5-2006

Tiller was never reprimanded for the woman’s death.

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Mother of dead Planned Parenthood patient- a lost dog gets better treatment

Aletheia Meloncon, mother of Edrica Goode, who died from an abortion at Planned Parenthood in 2007.

“My daughter made a choice, but she didn’t choose to die. A lost dog gets more attention than my daughter did. This has really torn at my family.”

Edrica Goode was 21 when went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Riverside for an abortion that killed her. Her mother says that Edrica had not told her she was having an abortion.

Jonathan Abrams “Abortion procedure caused death of Riverside woman, lawsuit alleges” . Los Angeles Times. Jun 21, 2007. pg. B.4

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CDC: abortion is 6th most common cause of maternal death

Pro-life author George Grant reveals:

“Recently the Centers for Disease Control conducted a study of maternal deaths and discovered that abortion is now the 6th most common cause. The results of the study, released to the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, admitted that those abortion related deaths may be underreported by as much as 50%.”

George Grant Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood (Franklin, Tennessee: Adroit Press, 1988, 1992)  33

Grant cites The New American January 20, 1986

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At the funeral of a woman who died from legal abortion

From Saynsumthn’s blog, by Carole Novielli

I have witnessed many things over the past thirty three years in this fight for the sanctity of human life in numerous states where I stood against child killing. Protests, police abuse, men dragging women into the abortion clinic, and even the funeral of a woman killed from legal abortion.

Her name was Carolina Gutierrez and she received such a serious infection by the legal abortion facility she visited that they had to amputate parts of her body to try and save her life. But, the infection won and Carolina and her unborn child became a statistic in the abortion battle.

I took these pictures with the permission of her family, while attending her funeral:


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The funeral was very emotional. Her story had been in the news for days and knowing the truth about the condition of the abortion clinics in my county caused me to be angry, especially, in light of the continued silence by abortion advocates when women die.

Source: The day I saw abortion first hand Saynsumthn’s Blog

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Technically (Il)Legal Abortion Death: Gloria Small, 43

Gloria Small, a 43-year-old mother of six, went to Ronald Tauber for a safe ane legal abortion. Despite Gloria’s obesity, asthma, chronic lung disease, and family history of high blood pressure, Tauber elected to perform the 15-week abortion at his Orlando Birthing Center on March 7, 1978.

Gloria’s uterus was punctured in the abortion. She died despite an emergency hysterectomy. The medical examiner said that Gloria’s medical history should have precluded performing an abortion in an outpatient setting. A court-appointed panel found Tauber negligent in Gloria’s death.

Tauber’s license was suspended the month Gloria died; this means that if the Centers for Disease Control counted Gloria’s death, they would have tabulated it as a death from an illegal abortion. (They count abortions as legal only if they are performed by a physician with an active license.)

Credit: Christina Dunigan, cemetery of choice

Orlando Sentinel Star 4-20-78, Miami Herald 7-20-79

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Legal Abortion Death: Rhonda Hess, 20

On her extremely informative website, Christina Dunigan documented the death of 20-year-old Rhonda Hess from a legal abortion. Dunigan writes:

Rhonda Hess was 20 years old when she underwent a legal abortion.

After the procedure, she developed an infection. The infection led to problems with clotting of the blood.

Rhonda was taken to Moss Regional Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she died on September 28, 1982.

Source: Louisiana Certificate of Death # 82 26 177; Life Dynamics “Blackmun Wall”

Go to Dunnigan’s blog here

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Clarke D Forsythe describes at length why legal abortion deaths do not make it into CDC and other statistics

Clarke D Forsythe, in his excellent book Abuse of Discretion: the inside Story of Roe Versus Wade (buy the book on Amazon here) explains at length why legal abortion deaths and injuries do not make it into the published statistics.

“Abortion injuries and deaths are washed out of the US public health system through a series of filters. The first filter is the clinics. Clinics do not take responsibility for injuries if they can avoid it. Standard procedure for clinics is to tell a patient who suffers pain or bleeding to go to the nearest emergency room, not back to the clinic. Only 22 states – less than half – require reporting of complications, but, if they do, neither the clinic nor the ER is inclined to keep records and do so. If clinics urge women to go to the nearest ER, the clinics will not see the injury to report it.

The 2nd filter is the ER. The ER doctor may have no reason to suspect abortion or may simply report the presenting symptoms rather than the underlying cause. A 1992 medical journal study found that 50% of abortion patients conceal their abortions from the medical personnel who interview them about their medical history.”

(RK Jones and K Kost “Underreporting of Induced and Spontaneous Abortion in the United States: an Analysis of the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth,” Studies in Family Planning 38 (2007): 187 – 197)

Payment mechanisms are the 3rd filter. Most abortions performed in the United States are currently paid for in cash. (Only 13% of women use their private insurance for abortion coverage: 74% pay out-of-pocket. Rachel Laser on the Diane Rehms Show, October 5, 2009)

There is no submission of the procedure to a third-party payer and no financial record of the transaction.

Coding procedures are the 4th filter. Even if an ER doctor suspects an induced abortion, coding procedures actually give an ER doctor a financial incentive to report the women’s condition as caused by something else, such as embolism, sepsis, or cardiomyopathy. The ER doctor will be paid more if the ER doctor submits the billing as “treatment for septic shock” rather than “abortion.” Or, given the emotional discomfort associated with abortion, medical personnel might choose an alternative cause to protect the privacy of an abortion patient.

The ER doctor will most likely use codes for fever, abdominal pain, and sepsis to report to the patient’s insurance company, because they do not want to risk the claim being denied because it was related to complications of an elective abortion.

Abortions billed to insurance companies in the United States are billed according to coding requirements (current procedural technology or CPT codes) The CPT codes are created and controlled (by patent) by the American Medical Association. The CPT codes must be linked with an international classification of disease (ICD) code. The ICD codes are controlled by the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are the ICD – 9 codes for abortion complications:

639 .1: Delayed or excessive hemorrhage following abortion, or eptopic and molar pregnancies

639.2 Damage to pelvic organs and tissues following abortion or ectopic and molar pregnancies

639.3 Renal failure following abortion or eptopic and molar pregnancies

639.4 Metabolic disorder following an abortion or eptopic and molar Pregnancies

639.5 Shock following abortion or eptopic and molar pregnancies

639.6 Embolism following abortion or eptopic and molar pregnancies

639.8 Other specified convocations following abortion or eptopic and molar pregnancies

639.9 Unspecified complication following abortion or eptopic and molar pregnancy

The ICD – 9 codes (the current version used in the United States) lump for different events together: spontaneous abortion, elective abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and molar pregnancy. The ICD – 9 codes make it impossible to specifically linked a complication to elective abortion.

The 5th filter is unreliable death certificates. The Federal Bureau of Vital Statistics (B VS) formulates a national death certificate form, which serves as a template for states in creating their own form. The national form omits any history of prior spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or elective induced abortions. Yet this would be important information to gather in order to analyze data on prior pregnancy history and pregnancy outcome. In addition, the doctor who might certify an abortion death is typically not the one who originally treated the woman. Death certificates are often inaccurate by as much as 30 – 40%. Abortion statistician Willard Cates, Jr., and his colleagues found that “inadequate physician documentation on the death certificate” occurs in about 40% of abortion related deaths.”

(Willard Cates Jr, Jack C Smith, Roger W Rochat, et al. “Assessment of Surveillance and Vital Statistics Data for Monitoring Abortion Mortality, United States, 1972 – 1975” American Journal of epidemiology 108 (September 1978); 204)

The 6th filter is birth certificates. The BVS is also complicit in avoiding any data collection that could link maternal abortion history to adverse pregnancy outcome. During the 1990s, a federal representative from the BVS met with an ACOG committee to review the recommended national birth certificate forms, which served as a template by which states could create their own birth certificates. Notably absent from the form was any history of the mother’s prior spontaneous or elective abortions, and the committee immediately recognize the omission and recommended that this information be included, since it is important information to gather in order to analyze data on prior pregnancy history and subsequent pregnancy outcome and assess women’s health. But the representative from the B VS stated that the federal government did not want to collect any data that might link abortion history to adverse pregnancy outcome, and that there was pressure from Congress to not collect this data; hence, it would not be on the birth certificate data form. The B VS birth certificate recommendations have excluded any reference to prior abortions.

All of the prior filters may make it clear why the 7th filter is haphazard data collection. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta has been charged by federal law since 1969 with keeping track of the annual numbers of abortion and keeping track of abortion mortality and morbidity.

The CDC does this through its Abortion Surveillance program; this data is published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which covers reasons for death and disease, including abortion. The abortion data that is reported to the CDC comes not from clinics or practitioners but from the states, the states get the data to the CDC voluntarily. Not all states give their data to the CDC; for example, California – which accounts for ¼ to 1 3rd of all abortions the United States – has not reported data to the CDC for several years.… Given the fact that several states do not report abortions to the CDC, neither the total number of annual abortions or the number of deaths can be accurate…

State collection of data is hit or miss. In June 2011, the Chicago Tribune reported that “state abortion records [were] full of gaps” and that “thousands of procedures” and 6 deaths were not reported to the state health department.

(Megan Twohey, “State Abortion Reports Full of Recording Gaps” Chicago Tribune, June 16, 2011 at C1)

It is not surprising that the CDC conceded in 1992 that “data of the AGI [Alan Guttmacher Inst.] demonstrated significantly more abortions each year” that the CDC reported.”

American Medical Association, Council on Scientific Affairs. “Induced Termination of Pregnancy before and after Roe V Wade: Trends in the Mortality and Morbidity of Women” Journal of the American Medical Association 268 (1992): 3231 – 3239

Clarke D Forsythe Abuse of Discretion: the inside Story of Roe Versus Wade (New York: Encounter Books, 2013) 235 – 241


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Feminists defend doctor who allegedly killed woman in botched abortion

Dr. Bernard Nathanson comments on how feminists rallied behind a doctor who was accused of killing a woman through a botched abortion.

“Feminists are sometimes so intent on denying the “right to life” of the fetus and so intent on the absolute right to abort, that they forget that the woman has a “right to life.” The womb is no place for non-surgeons to tinker with experimental hardware.”

There was a 1977 trial of a man named H Benjamin Munson a doctor from Rapid City, South Dakota for manslaughter in the death of a woman he did an abortion on. He left 240 g of fetal material in her womb after he mistook the length of her pregnancy and used  the inappropriate suction curettage technique even though she was over 18 weeks pregnant.

“The significant thing, however, is not the fact that Munson is innocent under the determination of the law [he was found innocent] but the way in which feminists and pro-abortionists turned the doctor into a hero and vilified those who investigated the case. The fact that a woman was dead did not dampen their enthusiasm in the slightest. The abortion cause was rated higher than the sisterhood of one Linda Padfield.”

Bernard N Nathanson, M.D. with Richard N Ostling. Aborting America (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1979) 92

Although this was written a long time ago, pro-choicers often can be found defending abortionists who kill women through malpractice and/or ignoring the deaths of women from legal abortions. You almost never hear any outcry when an abortionist kills a woman through carelessness.. When Bruce Steir was accused of manslaugher in the death of Sharon Hampton (after a clinic worker claimed he had perforated her bowel, then shoved it back inside her uterus and sent her home)  pro-choicers rallied around him.

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