Who Do You Believe?
"We want to make sure that women have choices
when it comes to abortion services, and if you regulate it too strictly,
then you deny women the access to the service."
Twenty-seven year old Catherine Pierce was left unattended in the recovery room of Atlanta Surgi-Center after her abortion on March 11, 1989. By the time somebody checked on her, she was in cardiac arrest. Emergency personnel were able to get her heart started again, but Catherine languished, comatose, in a nursing home until her death on October 10, 1989. She left behind an 11-year-old daughter. Atlanta Surgi-Center was cited by the authorities for administering the same dose of anesthesia to patients whose weights ranged from 107 to 167 pounds, as well as for inadequately supervising patients and keeping inadequate records. Atlanta Surgi-Center was a National Abortion Federation member clinic.1
"Our NAF members are the best abortion providers
in the country."
Thirty-one year old Pamela Colson underwent a first-trimester abortion at Pensacola Women's Medical Services on June 26, 1994. During the drive home, her friends noticed that she was bleeding profusely and was unresponsive. They stopped and called an ambulance while two passers-by tried to save Pamela with CPR. Pamela was taken to the hospital, where she bled to death despite an emergency hysterectomy. Pamela had been sent home with a perforated uterus. Pensacola Women's Medical Services was a NAF member clinic.2
"We check out all of our clinics to make
sure they're very good places."
Eighteen-year-old Barbaralee Davis went to Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinios for an abortion on June 14, 1977. The clinic kept her for two hours after her abortion because she was pale and in pain. When Barbaralee was discharged, weak and bleeding, her sister helped her to the car. Barbaralee slept in the back seat on the drive home. Several hours later, Barbaralee was found unresponsive in her bed. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Autopsy findings included the face and spinal column of Barbaralee's fetus embedded in her lacerated uterus. Barbaralee had been referred to the National Abortion Federation member clinic by a local women's group.3
"[NAF is] a group of abortion providers
that band together for the purpose of their own benefit."
Nineteen-year-old Robin went to Bill Baird's abortion clinic on February 22, 1980. Her abortion was done by an ear, nose, and throat specialist who realized after starting the procedure that the fetus was not 11 - 12 weeks as he'd originally estimated. As he continued the abortion, Robin pleaded for him to stop. He told her to "hold on a little longer" and said that he was saving her money by not using anesthesia. After Robin went into shock, staff walked her down the steps and sent her to the hospital in a taxi. Robin needed a hysterectomy, 16 units of blood, and 6 hours of surgery. She spent a month in the hospital, four days of that in the Intensive Care Unit, and nearly died. She continued to suffer lingering physical problems with her legs and bladder after discharge. It was determined that Robin had actually been around 20 weeks pregnant. Bill Baird and his clinic are National Abortion Federation members.4
"We do have bad practitioners. And it's
affecting all of us. And we have been reluctant to do anything or say anything
or whatever because of the physician shortage. We don't want bad press,
but when something happens, under our breaths we all say, 'Well, it was
just a matter of time.'"
Links about NAF Member Abu Hayat
Links about NAF Member Steve Lichtenberg
Links about NAF Member Steve Brigham
Links about NAF Member Reproductive Health Services
Links about NAF Member FPA
"Their basic goal is to refer them to a
NAF member clinic, and that's what they do."
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