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Saturday, January 22, 2005

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 Remembering America before Roe v. Wade

Dr. Elizabeth Connell tells a compelling story from before Roe v. Wade. She saw firsthand the devastation and loss of life before abortion was legal in the United States. Today, Connell is blunt about the worsening state of reproductive rights for women, a cause she has championed for more than 50 years:
"It’s hard to conceptualize what it was like before Roe v. Wade unless you were actually there," Connell says, barely containing her anger. "In the large hospitals, ward after ward was filled with women suffering and dying from botched abortions. In some hospitals, it was the job of the first-year resident to sleep all day, because he would be up all night scraping out the remains of illegal abortions, giving blood to the women who were bleeding, trying desperately to keep them out of shock and treating their infections. This was the norm until we got Roe v. Wade and the New York law that preceded it. I’m very much afraid that the way things are going now, we could go right back to that again."...

"What I remember so clearly—every day and every night—was the constant stream of women coming in for help with their botched abortions. Over time, we saw the patterns," she says. "You got to know pretty quickly who had done the abortion. We knew who was out there," including one man who did 'nice clean abortions,' putting a little red rubber catheter into the uterus to start the abortion. "We also knew the absolute butchers. The women ran the gamut of circumstances, but they kept coming into the Philadelphia hospitals, and we had to deal with them. It made me sick at heart but also very angry."

Roe is 32 years old today. For the humanist take on abortion, please refer to my earlier post.

5 Comments:

Blogger Angie said...

But what they don't understand is that if they ever succeed in reversing Roe vs Wade, abortions wont' suddenly stop. Women will go back to getting them illegally.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

Maybe if we taught women to be more responsible with their bodies to begin with and taught men to respect women for who they are and not what pleasure they may give them, then you would not need to think abortion is necessary. I have to repeat the question since it has not been answered.

Abortion is legal. Infanticide is illegal. If a woman wishes to terminate her pregnancy at any time before birth, she is said to have "exercised her right" to do so. If she wishes to terminate her child’s life at any time after birth, she is viewed as a killer and prosecuted as such. Why the difference?

The answer must be that there is a quality or set of qualities (let’s call it "x") that all newborns have and no fetuses have that makes newborns worthy of protection by the law and the fetus unworthy of such protection.

So, the question is: What is x?

11:42 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

for Electro again: "Exterminate the brutes!"

Values: already-existing humans with lives of connections vs. possible, hypothetical lives. Winner: the one with the power to decide, so that she then has a chance to be the responsible person you want her to be.

I think that's what you want to hear.

We know you want person status for the fetus so that abortion fits the category murder. That would be a hell of a situation for tax exemption, though, eh? I guess I'm entitled to a slippery slope argument--when do we start prosecuting women for flushing away an egg every month--you know those eggs are forms of life, too.


As for this post: you're only preaching to the choir. The absolutists will counter with, "what about the horror for the aborted..."

9:01 AM  
Blogger Electro said...

So you think it is safe?

Please pause a moment and review a few incidents that occurred inside abortion clinics I have summarized below

Abortion providers have preyed on women in a crisis and have even raped and killed their patients. Some abortion doctors have performed abortion while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. They have been caught selling controlled substances, telling non-pregnant women they were pregnant and doing abortions anyway, creating private pornography files with photos of their patients. Some have just operated filthy facilities to maximize profits.

Considering that abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country and yet the most unregulated why aren't lawmakers improving clinic standards and safety?


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Ghanaian Woman Eunice Agabgaa entered Y&P Medical Clinic in New York. Dr. Abram Zelikman allegedly left the clinic while Eunice was in recovery from an abortion Zelikman had performed. Unfortunately the abortion was so bad, it resulted in her death. A friend who was present at the clinic testified that she pleaded with the clinic staff to call paramedics once she noticed Eunice's bloodied body and poor vital signs. her friend stated" I felt if I hadn't been there they would have wrapped her dead body and thrown it in the garbage. New York Newsday 7/9/89


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The California Medical Board #11593, investigated action by Dr. Tati Okereke, A/K/A High Street Medical. In 1982, Dr. Okereke was accused of fondling a female patients breast without medical justification He subsequently was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with her without her consent. This doctor who performed abortions was also accused of injecting patients with anestectics , then engaging in sexual intercourse without the permission of the woman. One woman testified to the medical board that she could not move any muscles during this ordeal, but just kept crying "What are you doing?" Another patient testified that after Okereke examined her vagina that he licked his finger. She said the doctor tried to pay her of to keep her quiet following the incident Okereke's Medical License was revoked in November of 1989.


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In March of 1993, Abortion doctor Nareshkumar Patel of Shawnee Oklahoma was accused of Forcible Oral Sodomy and sexual battery by a patient he was treating after hours in his clinic. Patel was the focus of a controversy in 1992 when several aborted fetuses from his clinic were found partially burned in an open field owned by Patel. Officials could not cite any law that prohibited the burning of aborted fetuses in that manner and those charges were dropped. The Daily Oklahoman 5/28/93 Oklahoma Medical Board Case # 90-09-1129


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The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure revoked the license of Milan D. Chepko in 1991. Dr. Chepko, who performed abortions at the New Women Medical Center in Jackson, MS was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury (Case # J89-00064 W) involving interstate transportation of a VHS cassette showing minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The tape contained scenes with children as young as four years old in sexual conduct with adult males and females. One incident allegedly involved children and adults engaged in sodomy. Jackson Herald 9/30/89 and Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure vs. Milan Chepko.


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In 1990 the Florida Medical Board disciplined male nurse Barry A. Hill. Hill was employed at Today's Woman Medical Center of Coral Gables, FL , an abortion clinic owned by Dr. Vladimar Rosenthal. On October 26, 1989 HRS inspector Diane Robie discovered two envelopes in the clinic containing pictures of several women undressed with their legs apart. According to Medical Board reports the perineal area was the focal point of the photographer. Hill, the clinics anestisists claimed ownership of the photographs. Former employees of the clinic also accused Hill of fondling their breasts of several female patients while they were under anestesia. The former clinic employees told news reporters that they were fired by clinic owner Rosenthal after he heard them complaining to a National Abortion Federation Representative (the clinic was a member) of the conditions at the clinic and Mr. Hills activities. Florida Department of Professional Regulation Case # 89-010853 and Miami Herald 10-7-89.


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The Miami Herald in August of 1990 reported that abortion doctor Pravin Thakker was convicted of performing abortions on his former lovers without their consent. Thakker was also investigated by the Indiana Medical board for lewd and immoral conduct toward female patients under his care. On June 11,1991 a jury found Thakker guilty of two counts of battery, two counts of illegal abortion and two counts of criminal recklessness. Thakker was sentenced on July 31, 1991 to prison in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Indiana Health Profession Bureau Case # 89 MLB 003.


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In 1987 the Tamarac, FL police department began an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by abortion doctor Jeffrey Goldenberg. Dr. Goldenberg was employed by the University Women's Center abortion clinic in Tamarac. Goldenberg was never tried on charges developed during investigations. Dr. Goldenberg was killed in a traffic accident prior to trial. Florida Department of Professional Regulation case numbers -102532,73882,70744,75174,80918,85142, 94175, and 76, 95832, 102527, and 528,529,531,598, 103134 and 466,467,468,489, 103751 and 752,755, 867793,86772,32342,77112,86774,959320.


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The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of Dr. Hideo D. Mori, a past volunteer at Planned Parenthood in Austin Minnesota. Dr. Mori was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with several of his female patients. The charges against Mori included, massaging the clitoris and vagina of a patient during pelvic exams, kissing the face neck and breasts of patients during exams and embracing a patient. Mori allegedly told one of his patients that she should have sex with her husband in front of him so he could observe and determine why the patient was not climaxing. Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners vs. Hideo Mori.


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In 1983 Dr. Nabil Ghali's medical license in Kentucky was revoked following his conviction on four counts of unlawful sexual transaction with a minor. (A fourteen year old female neighbor) The victims younger sister also testified she has seen Ghali improperly touching a five year old child. In 1989 while Ghali was operating an abortion clinic in Florida and performing abortions in several other South Florida clinics, the states medical board began revocation procedures of his license due to falsification of his license application. When Ghali later lost his license in Florida he moved to Ohio and continued to perform abortions. The State of Ohio after learning of Ghali's history began revocation procedures. In February 1993 the Ohio Medical Board won an appeal upholding Ghali's license revocation. In addition to Ghali's sexual conduct he was involved in the death of at least one woman from an abortion procedure in Florida. Kentucky Medical Licensing Board case #190, State Medical Board of Ohio vs. Ghali's, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services inspection reports, 1989, The Miami Herald Tropic Magazine September 17, 1989.


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Dr. Ronald Tauber had his Florida medical license suspended following the abortion related death of Gloria Small. In 1985 after moving to Michigan Tauber's License to practice osteopathic medicine in that state was revoked following his conviction of First Degree criminal sexual assault, and second degree criminal sexual conduct. In the case of People vs. Ronald Tauber (Michigan Case # 80-46749-FY) the doctor was convicted after the state proved he had forcibly transported a six year old girl in his car against her will. Tauber admitted exposing himself to the girl and placing her hand on his penis. He also lifted the child's undergarment to expose her vulva. Tauber released the girl when she began to cry. Tauber was also cited for masturbating in his car outside a high school where young girls were exiting. Tauber was released from prison on January 3, 1990 and his parole ended on August 15, 1991. Tauber was licensed to practice by the state of New York in August of 1992 Michigan Medical Board case #82-202 and California Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners case # 90-6 and OAH # N-37351.


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Dr. Chris Simpoulous of the American Women's Clinic in Norfolk, VA was accused of scheduling dozens of women for abortions who were not pregnant. Simpoulous was arrested in July of 1984 following an attempted abortion on an undercover police woman who was not pregnant. New York Times 7/28/84.


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In April of 1992, Dr. Larry Thompson's Nevada medical license was revoked. The Board of Medical Examiners of Nevada determined that while performing an abortion at The Women's Place in North Las Vegas, Dr. Thompson lacerated the uterus of his patient. The board said Thompson failed to monitor the woman's condition adequately, and the clinic did not have adequate medical equipment. As a result of the laceration and inadequate care that followed the woman died. Dr. Thompson also failed to recognize the cause of the patients death. Nevada Board of Medical Examiners case # 8289.


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In February of 1993, Dr. Abu Hayat was convicted of performing an illegal third trimester abortion in which he ripped the child's arm from its body in the abortion attempt. The child was later born alive and has recovered with just one arm. In addition to the above occurrence Dr. Hayat, (an individual member of the National Abortion Federation) was cited by the Medical Board for refusing to complete an abortion on a patient after he demanded an additional payment of $500. The woman left the clinic bleeding and with an incomplete abortion when she told Hayat she could not pay the extra $500. New York Times 2/23/93, New York Department of Health and Professional Conduct, and New York Times 1/22/91.


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In January 1993 police arrested the owner of Clinica Feminina de la Cominidad an abortion clinic in Orange County, CA after the suspicious death of a patient at the clinic. News reports alleged Alicia Ruiz Hanna a non-physician performed numerous abortions at the clinic. The body of one of the clinic patients was found outside in the parking lot. Clinic employees have stated that the patient, Angela Sanchez suffered complications and Ruiz refused to call for help and would not allow her employees to call either. The Orange County Register August 24, 1993.


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Abortion doctor David Benjamin (A.K.A. Elysa Bonrouhi) was implicated in charges of negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence following the death of Guadalupe Negron. Police reports said that Negron was bleeding profusely and complaining of pain following her 2nd trimester abortion at the Metro Women's Clinic in Corona, Queens New York. Benjamin ordered the patient to be cleaned up and began an abortion on another patient. Benjamin delayed calling an ambulance to transport Ms. Negron and attempted emergency treatment in such a negligent manner that Ms. Negron was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at a local hospital. Associated Press 8/12/93 and New York Times 7/17/93.


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If these stories horrify you, they should. Abortion is one of the most unregulated businesses in this country. Minors can walk into the hands of unqualified physicians with questionable and even criminal backgrounds.

The incidents outlined above are just a few incidents involving women and their abortion experiences. Many women never report their negative abortion experiences because of the fear that someone may find out they had an abortion. We have other anecdotal information and more court documents from hundreds of women. The abortion business continues to makes no effort to clean up it's act.

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Electro seems to be one of the "head in the sand" folks that tolerate malpractice and abuse as long as it doesn't upset HER set of values....
My first born was delivered by a OB/Gyn that was called in from a night out and not until after delivery when his mask was off did several of us detect his having been drinking. Only a bigot would pin this type of activity to the "EVIL" ones doing lawfull abortion procedures. Only a bigot thinks that abortion is a method of birth control being used by 'druggies'. Just as prohibition didn't work, doing away with roe/wade will not serve to end abortions. Both my grandmother and mother were RNs and my sister is a nurse-practitioner in ob/gyn, and believe me they are personally against abortion but they all are definately pro roe/wade......show a little compassion if it's within your person.

11:58 AM  

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