Kansas abortionist, Herbert Hodes, has retracted his testimony to the Kansas House Federal State Affairs Committee about 5 deaths having occurred to women undergoing abortion in Kansas in the past 5 years.
However, there HAVE been at least 5 deaths at the hands of Kansas Healing Arts Board-licensed abortionists, although 3 of them did not occur on Kansas soil. Kansans for Life has copies of the
lawsuits filed in all 5 deaths, and the allegations show an infuriating and inexcusable disregard for professional protocols and equipment.
The Kansas House and Senate will imminently vote upon a clinic licensure bill, now numbered ‘H sub SB 36’. This bill would provide state oversight to abortion businesses that have shown that, time after time, they will not police themselves.
In a March 15 letter sent to the committee, Hodes wrote, “I have researched this question and I now feel that in the more that in 30 years that abortion has been legal in Kansas only 2 deaths have occurred.” Since he gave no names, we can only assume he referred to the publicly-known deaths in Kansas of
- Erna Fisher, 18, in Dennis Miller’s Kansas City abortion clinic March 3, 1988, and
- Christin Gilbert, 19, in George Tiller’s Wichita clinic, Jan.13, 2005.
However, 3 other abortion deaths occurred at the hand of Kansas-licensed Robert Crist, a Planned Parenthood abortionist since 1980:
- Diane Boyd, 19, at the St. Louis, MO, Planned Parenthood on Oct. 23, 1981;
- Latachie Veal, 17, after a late-term abortion at the Houston, TX, West Loop Clinic on Nov.2, 1991;
- Nichole Williams, 22, from her abortion at St. Louis Planned Parenthood on April 25, 1997.
We can’t know with any certainty the total number of women who have died from abortion by Kansas-licensed practitioners. We would like to share a little about these women who died, in great measure, because of unregulated abortion-profiteering.
Diane Boyd had been institutionalized since infancy due to severe brain-damage. She was beaten and made pregnant by rape in July 1981. Then she was taken for an abortion to Robert Crist, during which time she suffered a drug reaction and died. The lawsuit filed by Diane’s mother alleged Crist neglected to give Diane a proper exam, never checked her extensive medication history from the institution, gave her drugs incompatible with her regular meds, and failed to have heart monitoring and resuscitation equipment onsite to save her.
Erna Fisher held her mother’s hand while on the abortion table of Dennis Miller –an abortionist who had failed 11 times before passing his medical license exam. She suddenly bolted upright while aspirating her own vomit. As she died, Miller continued to complete the abortion and then told a staffer to bring smelling salts. EMTs were called late and were appalled that Miller was not attempting to resuscitate Erna. As “discipline”, the state Healing Arts Board forbade him from doing abortions at his own office but allowed him to continue performing them at the Comprehensive Health Overland Park facility.
- Clinic bill H sub SB 36 would insure proper medical exams, patient monitoring, and emergency equipment— which were claimed missing at the clinics where Diane and Erna died.
Cristin Gilbert was a very healthy Down syndrome teen, impregnated in Texas, and brought to George Tiller’s office for a 28 week abortion. Christin’s health spiraled into raging sepsis at the hotel where she was housed, because physician offices cannot legally keep patients overnight. Her parents loaded her onto the hotel luggage cart and into the family van, and rushed her –not to a hospital–but back to Tiller’s office. When EMT personnel arrived, they found her in a pool of blood and fluids, with Tiller’ assistant, LeRoy Carhart, violently pumping the stomach of the expired girl.
- Clinic bill H sub SB 36 would ban late-term abortions from being done in doctor offices, and require adequately-trained attendants throughout the procedure, as well as mandatory transfer to hospitals for conditions that exceed office care. All these deficient situations undoubtedly contributed to Christin’s death.
Nichole Williams was already a mother of three 3 children when she went for a Planned Parenthood abortion. Nichole was medically ineligible for the procedure, due to anemia and was rejected the first day. On the next day, despite continuing anemia, she was given an abortion, despite the clinic’s complete lack of replacement blood supply and protective equipment needed to proceed with a high-risk, elective abortion. Nichole went into shock and died as Crist failed to take appropriate measures.
- Clinic bill H sub SB 36 would require specific abortion-related patient testing be done, including one for anemia, and would require qualified personnel to examine, attend and monitor the pregnant woman. Nichole was denied these ordinary medical safeguards.
Latachie Veal obtained an abortion at 22 weeks gestation from Crist during his then-weekly abortion visit to Houston. According to her family, Latachie bled heavily at the clinic, and cried out to the staff for help, who told her that her symptoms were normal, and sent her home. Several hours later, Latachie stopped breathing, and despite CPR done by her sister, was dead on arrival at Ben Taub Hospital. In that same year alone, in Houston, Crist’s severe abortion negligence had resulted in lawsuits for at least 3 other women who had to be hospitalized, one for a month. (He has been sued at least 19 times for abortion malpractice.)
- Clinic bill H sub SB 36 would require state-licensed abortionists with hospital privileges within 30 miles and would secure specific post-procedure recovery protocols –all conditions denied Latechie.
ALLEGED ABORTION SAFETY
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says it gets abortion death information from abortionists, abortion facilities, hospitals, and state health departments, but it does not mention that the reporting is not mandatory. So why was Latachie Veal’s death never officially recorded?
In spite of all the publicity, in spite of the lawsuit, in spite of the pro-lifers shouting from the rooftops, in spite of even Crist discussing the death at an event attended by the very CDC woman whose job it was to notice abortion deaths, the CDC’s 1991 Abortion Surveillance Report (published in May of 1995) did not even make any mention of abortion mortality!
Without mandatory reporting, how dare abortion defenders and abortionists like Hodes (with over 20 malpractice lawsuits) still portray it as a highly safe procedure? See more discussion of missing and skewed data collection here.
- Clinic bill H sub SB 36 would require abortion injury reporting within 2 weeks and maternal deaths from abortion be reported within one business day.
This bill is long overdue and deserves swift assent in both Statehouse chambers this week. Let these 5 women speak to us from the grave to do the right thing.