Legal Abortion Death: Christella Forte, 16 (amniotic fluid embolism)

Researcher Keven Sherlock found:

“Christella Forte, a 16-year-old black girl who was a student at Detroit’s Cooley High School, died January 14, 1986, a day after evidently undergoing a saline abortion at New Center Hospital in Detroit. The medical examiner who performed her autopsy determined she died of an amniotic fluid embolism.

Christella’s mother sued Raul Rivera for performing the abortion on her that led to her death. She said Christella suffered convulsions and had gone into cardiac arrest three times at New Center Hospital after Rivera injected her with saline solution.

She accused Rivera of failing to dilate Christella’s cervix properly before the saline abortion, failing to ensure no saline solution went outside of Christella’s amniotic sac, rushing the saline abortion, and making several major errors in the process which greatly increased Christella’s chances of suffering an amniotic fluid embolism.

All of these failures of Rivera’s, and the failures of other staffers at New Center Hospital, she charged, helped cause Christella to die.”

Sources: Wayne County Circuit Court Case No. 86 – 621838 and Christella’s Death Certificate

Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997) 52 – 53

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Author: TA Smith

Sarah Terzo is a pro-life writer and blogger. She is on the board of The Consistent Life Network and PLAGAL +

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