Sept. 15, 2010
Even in the U.S., women still die from botched abortions.
Laura Smith, a 22-year-old woman from Massachusetts, was killed in a failed abortion attempt three years ago. Yesterday the doctor who performed her abortion, Rapin Osathanondh, plead guilty to manslaughter charges.
While abortion proponents often use the rhetoric that a legal abortion equals safe abortion, in reality a number of woman have died or been injured from botched abortions in the last few months. In January a mother of four from NY died as a result of a botched abortion. There have also been reports of women rushed the hospital as the result of botched abortions in Florida and California over the last few months.
Additionally, in September four abortion doctors lost their medical licenses in the states of New Jersey and Maryland as a result of performing botched abortions. Another Philadelphia doctor had his offices raided in February by federal agents after a woman died from an abortion. "Federal agents raided a clinic where abortions are performed and found "deplorable and unsanitary" conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars, according to the state agency that shut it down and suspended the license of the doctor in charge.