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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