On Aug. 13, three women seeking second-trimester abortions followed physician Steven Brigham from his Camden County office to a Maryland clinic he owns, according to claims by the attorney general’s office.That woman was probably lucky; Life Dynamics maintains a list, called the Blackmun Wall, of women known to have been killed by "safe, legal" abortion. There are more than three hundred names, and more are being added as research is done to confirm that the death was caused by an abortion.
They were wracked with contractions as they traveled because Brigham had given them labor-inducing drugs a day or two earlier, the state said. In Maryland, the women met another doctor, who performed their procedures. One of the women, 18, needed emergency surgery at a hospital to treat a lacerated bowel and uterus.
How many women die each year from "safe," legal abortions? How many are critically injured? How many suffer other complications related to the abortion?
It's hard to know for sure--because unlike almost any other kind of health operation (doctor's office, clinic or hospital) most abortion clinics don't have to collect or report that data; in fact, somehow any kind of regular inspection, records review or collection, or other oversight from state health departments is seen as an infringement on a "woman's right to choose" to pay someone to kill her unborn child--and the billion-dollar abortion industry has fought to avoid compliance with state oversight laws whenever and wherever they've been enacted.
Some women--or their surviving family members--are suing their abortionists over complications. A law passed this summer in Nebraska allows women to sue abortion clinics if they suffer post-abortion psychological trauma under some circumstances. While these are positive steps for women hurt by abortion, they are only the beginning.
I think that people on both sides of the abortion issue ought to be able to agree that at the very least, abortion clinics should operate under the same laws as any other medical business. There should be mandatory reporting of injuries and maternal deaths, as well as transparent and open record-keeping which can be reviewed by state oversight agencies. There should be regular inspections of the facilities and reviews of the personnel.
Otherwise, women continue to be at risk from people like Dr. Brigham. And that shouldn't be acceptable to anybody--not even those who think unborn human beings are disposable trash.