In medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so
little attention and so underrated in its potential hazards as
abortion. It is a commonly held view that complications are
Abortionist Warren Hern.
Abortions are the most commonly-performed surgical procedure in the
country, and are therefore the safest. In fact, they are much safer than
childbirth and definitely safer than minor operations like
appendectomies and tonsillectomies. Introduction.
Many pro-abortion organizations especially Planned Parenthood, the
National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and the National Abortion
Federation (NAF) circulate glossy 'fact sheets' purporting to 'show'
that abortion is extremely safe for the mother, both physically and
What these groups do not mention is that their 'fact sheets' include
only very conservative estimates of those abortion complications that
occur during or immediately after the procedure itself. These are
commonly referred to as "on-the-table" complications. These
'fact sheets' also do not include complications due to ancillary causes,
such as deaths and severe mental damage due to "anesthetic
Many women rightly expect some pain during and after the abortion.
And many of these women check into hospital emergency rooms a day or a
week later with serious bleeding, infections, and butchered internal
None of these complications are accounted for by Planned Parenthood
or NARAL statistics. "On-the-Table" Complications.
In 1972 I began seeing a marked increase in the number of patients
who had had legal abortions. At that time I also began seeing patients
with significant complications after legal abortions.
Matthew Bulfin, M.D.
As expert Warren Hern has acknowledged, "complications are
inevitable." Abortion is one of the rare medical procedures where
the physician is 'working blind.' Add to this the fact that many
'doctors' never see their 'patients' until they are on the table, and
then rush them through their abortions and out the door the minute they
can stand by themselves, and a recipe for disaster exists on a wide
scale. Finally, it is well-known among medical personnel that
abortionists in general permanently reside at the bottom rung of the
medical profession. They are shunned by their fellow physicians, not
only because of the disreputable and filthy nature of their trade, but
also because many abortionists are incompetent hacks who can find no
other place to work as doctors.
Following are just a few of the inevitable major complications
inflicted by the so-called 'safe and legal' abortion procedure.
• Death. A total of as many as 100 women currently die from
abortion in this country every year. However, the vast majority of
these deaths are not reported as being caused by abortion. They are
instead tallied as being caused by other reasons such as "blood
poisoning" or "spontaneous gangrene of the ovaries."
For more details on such spurious reporting, and for statistics on
maternal deaths caused by 'safe and legal abortion,' see Chapter 59,
"Maternal Deaths Due to Abortion." Also see
• Hemorrhage, serious enough to require a blood transfusion, is
reported in 2% to 5% of all women, although the range from clinic to
clinic and from day to day was 1% to 17%.[2,3,4,7]
• Cervical laceration in 5% of the women who have abortions. The British
Medical Journal has reported that nearly half of these women will
lose their next wanted baby to miscarriage if the cervix is not
reinforced with a suture.
• Perforation of the uterus in about 1% of all cases, almost
always causing peritonitis. The total range from clinic to clinic was
0.24% to 2.70%.[3,4,5,7]
• Infection, ranging from that causing mild fever to that causing
death, 2% to 28% for various studies.[3,4,5]
• Hepatitis, from blood transfusions, blood clots and
• Sterility in from 2% to 5% of all cases, though varying from 1%
to 25% in Czechoslovakia, 15% (Finland), 10% (Japan), and 7% (Poland).
However, Planned Parenthood still blithely reports that
abortion-induced sterility is rare.
• Ectopic pregnancies are increased from 8-fold to 20-fold by
abortion. Case Studies.
In addition to risking post-abortion syndrome (PAS) and 'standard'
physical complications as listed above, a woman seeking an abortion
should be aware of the total ruthlessness of the 'doctors' who kill for
cash. Their only motivation is money; they literally could not care less
about the patients that they process and abort like cattle.
There are literally hundreds of recorded instances of these
abortionists killing women, aborting wanted babies, and butchering
patients through their callous negligence, carelessness, and outright
incompetence. Just a very few of these documented examples are listed
For a list of the names of more than 150 women who have been killed
by so-called "safe and legal" abortion, see Chapter 59,
"Maternal Deaths Due to Abortion."
Help for Injured Women.
It is an indication of how formidable abortion's status has become in
our country that lawyers have not picked up on a field that could be
enormously lucrative: Personal and class action injury suits against
However, this promising area is beginning to open up, and one of the
most aggressive clearinghouses for information on and help for women who
have been injured physically or mentally by abortion is the
Legal Action for Women Litigation Project
1145 Candlewood Circle
Pensacola, Florida 32514
Sidewalk counselors and others could scare their local abortionists
to death merely by passing out information on lawsuits brought for
botched abortions. Giving the women the above toll-free number couldn't
Abortionist Robert Sherman performed an incomplete abortion on
16-year old Rita McDowell on March 4, 1975. When she began to suffer an
extremely elevated temperature the next day, her mother called Sherman,
who refused to speak to her.
Early on March 8, Rita woke up screaming and then collapsed in her
mother's arms. Doctors removed the remains of her unborn baby, but were
unable to save her life. She died of kidney failure and massive
infection. Her abortion was paid for with tax dollars.
Sherman was tried in 1978 for murder. Prosecutors showed that he
deliberately performed incomplete abortions on women so he could charge
them more for followup care. He also allowed a nurse's aid to perform
surgery, regularly re-used syringes and other disposable items without
even sterilizing them, failed to have urine samples checked to
confirm pregnancies, failed to check aborted unborn children for
completeness, and covered up his role in Rita McDowell's death by
fabricating administrative records and tampering with medical records.
Testimony during trial indicated that Sherman "... would
[simultaneously] operate with one hand, and eat a tuna fish sandwich
with the other, and talk to his stockbroker on the phone."
His murder trial ended in a mistrial because he supposedly developed
"heart problems" during the proceedings. He pled guilty to
repeated charges of perjury in exchange for prosecutors dropping the
murder charge. Prosecutors defended the plea-bargain on the grounds that
"We believe these felony convictions will prevent the defendant
from ever practicing medicine again."
They were wrong, of course. Sherman served two years in a federal
prison, then moved to Boston and immediately began to perform abortions
Abortionist Arnold Bickham, another big-bucks baby-killer from
Chicago, performed an abortion on 18-year old Sylvia Moore on New Year's
Eve 1986. She slipped into deep shock and began bleeding, so Bickham
called her "lazy" because she could not stand on her own. He
then ejected her from the abortuary.
She somehow made her way to a nearby hospital and collapsed. She had
no pulse or blood pressure when she arrived. Doctors performed an
emergency hysterectomy, but she died in spite of their best efforts.
An autopsy revealed that she had suffered severe lacerations of the
uterus, cervix, and vagina. She also had a foreign plastic object (an
abortionist's tool) in her uterus near a large perforation. The
presiding medical examiner ruled her death a homicide due to Bickham's
extreme negligence and his abandonment of a patient in severe distress.
Bickham was the highest paid Medicaid recipient in the nation with
$792,266 in 1974. In 1975, he was the highest paid in Illinois with
$519,189. In 1976, he received $370,541, third highest in Illinois. This
is a total of more than $1.68 million over a period of only three
Abortionist Richard Muncie was a 'physician' who committed illegal
abortions. He killed a woman in 1968 when he botched an abortion, was
convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison, and had his medical
Once he had completed his jail sentence, he went into a business that
was more fitting to his abilities he opened an antique shop. Immediately
after the United States Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade
decision, he went to court and got his medical license back. He is now
performing abortions again.
Abortionist Chris Simopoulos of Fairfax, Virginia, was indicted in
September of 1984 for performing 'abortions' on women who were not even
pregnant. He promptly disappeared and became a fugitive from justice the
same month. He was also found guilty of puncturing a woman's uterus
during a routine D&C abortion in December of 1982. The woman was
rendered sterile. A jury awarded her $75,000 in July of 1975.
Abortionist Parviz Modaber, an associate of Dr. Simopoulos,
surrendered his medical license after a wave of complaints surfaced
against him. One of the charges involved performing late-term abortions
in an unlicensed facility. In one of these unlicensed abortions, he
performed an incomplete late-term abortion on a 15-year old girl,
leaving the baby's head in her uterus.
Abortionist Joel Lebed of Philadelphia aborted Colista Gemmel's wanted
baby accidentally in 1980 after failing to give Gemmel a pregnancy test
before scraping her uterus to remove benign polyps. On October 27, 1986,
a Philadelphia jury awarded Gemmel one million dollars in damages.
Abortionist Wyman Garrett, of Newark, New Jersey, had his hospital
privileges suspended after a review of at least three botched abortions.
In one, the baby's head had been pushed out of a tear which extended the
entire length of the uterus, and remained inside the mother's body after
the abortion. In another case, he did an abortion on a 32-week pregnant
woman, ripping a four-inch hole in her uterus and causing her to lose
three pints of blood. In another case, one of his botched abortions tore
another woman's uterus, threatening her life. In all three cases, other
doctors performed corrective surgery. Eventually, the abortionist pled
'no contest' to charges involving 40 abortion patients, including a
14-year old girl who died. Judge Sybil Moses stated that he should lose
his medical license for his "cavalier attitude toward patient
safety" and "egregious" malpractice. Predictably, Garrett
whined that these actions denied his poor Black patients access to
safe(!) second-trimester abortions.
Abortionist Edward Allred, one of the most prolific baby-killers in
the world, was charged by the California Health Facilities and Licensing
Department with providing substandard care, repeated safety and health
violations, and the death of a woman, Mary Pena, as a result of a
botched abortion. Allred had constantly boasted to the press about his
self-described "assembly-line" abortions.
Some abortionists kill babies almost as a sideline to their other
immoral activities. After all, if a person kills babies, what is to
hinder them from becoming involved in such trivia as dealing drugs or
evading income taxes?
Abortionist William R. Cloud, administrator of Oklahoma's Statewide
Clinic, was charged with conspiracy to commit illegal abortion in 1973,
served a year in federal prison for income tax evasion in 1974, pleaded
guilty to importing marijuana from Colombia in 1976, and killed Patricia
King at his clinic in 1987.
El Paso, Texas abortionist Raymond Showery was convicted of murder in
1983 for drowning a baby who survived one of his abortions. He served
five years of a 15-year sentence. While awaiting trial, he killed
28-year old Mickey Apodaca during an abortion and was indicted for
He threatened the lives of the reporter who wrote the story on his
murder trial, a police detective, a prosecutor, and the El Paso County
References: Physical Complications of Abortion.
 Abortionist Warren Hern. Abortion Practice. Boulder,
Colorado: Alpenglo Graphics (2nd Edition), 1990. Page 101.
 Matthew Bulfin, M.D. "A New Problem in Adolescent
Gynecology." Southern Medical Journal, August 1979.
 "Induced Abortion, A Documented Report," Thomas Hilgers,
 Stalworthy, et. al., Lancet, 2:1,245-1,249,
December 4, 1971.
 J. Richardson and G. Dixon. British Medical Journal,
January 1976, pages 1,303 to 1,304.
 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 141:763,
 Glenc, A.S. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
January 1974, 118, pages 34 and 35.
 British Medical Journal, October 3, 1971, 4:270 to 273.
Also see American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 128:(5)
 J.C. Willke, M.D. Handbook on Abortion. Hayes Publishing
 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 141:257,
 "Some Consequences of Induced Abortion to Children Born
Subsequently," Documentation in Medical Ethics, December
 New York Times, October 6, 1981.
 Chicago Sun-Times, November 19, 1978
 In the United States District Court for the Western District of
Missouri, Western Division, Civil Action No. 73CV497-W-3.
 Tulsa Tribune, July 13, 1987.
 Des Moines Register, May 5, 1983.
Further Reading: Physical Complications of Abortion.
Bernadell Technical Bulletin.
This monthly newsletter, written by Dr. Bernard Nathanson and his
wife Adelle, deals with technical and very valuable abortion-related
issues in a format that just about everyone can understand. Particular
attention is given to the effects of abortion. Subscribe by writing to
Post Office Box 1897, New York, New York 10113-0950. The November 1990
issue of the Bulletin contains an excellent bibliography of more
than 150 sources on the effects of abortion and contraception (including
abortifacient birth control pills and IUDs) on fertility.
Paula Ervin. Women Exploited: The Other Victims of Abortion.
Huntingdon, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 1985. Reviewed by Dale
O'Leary on page 8 of the October 24, 1985 National Right to Life News.
Order from: Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia 24174,
telephone: (703) 586-4898. This book consists of testimonies from
members of WEBA (Women Exploited by Abortion), linked together by the
author's commentary. It was a pioneering work ÄÄ one of the first
books on PAS ÄÄ and is significant as such; however, it has largely
been surpassed by more recent works. It includes a wealth of case
studies on the physical and psychological effects of abortion.
Ann Saltenberger. Abortion: Choice or Chance?
Air-Plus Enterprises, Post Office Box 190, Garrisonville, Virginia
22463. 1987, 67 pages. This book is short, but covers a lot of ground.
Four main sections cover many topics, including the methods of abortion,
fetal development, the physical and psychological dangers of abortion,
and insurance statistics on abortion.
Ann Saltenberger. Every Woman Has the Right to Know the Dangers
of Legal Abortion.
1983, 237 pages. Order from Air-Plus Enterprises, Post Office Box
367, Glassboro, New Jersey 08028, or Sun Life, Greystone, Thaxton,
Virginia 24174, or Life Issues Bookshelf, Sun Life, Thaxton, Virginia
24174, telephone: (703) 586-4898. Reviewed by Michael M. Donovan, M.D.,
on page 19 of the December 1982 issue of ALL About Issues, and by
Daniel J. Martin, M.D. on page 8 of the November 24, 1983 issue of National
Right to Life News. This book goes into minute detail about every
imaginable type of physical or psychological harm that could possibly
arise from abortion. It also addresses the impact on other family
members, particularly siblings. The appendix features over 300
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