Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Seeing the other side: Why one abortion doctor does her work

It is important in any debate to truly understand the other side, so that you can (1) properly defend against their arguments, and (2) truly understand if you are right. This morning I came across this article which lays out one Canadian doctor's reasons for being an abortion provider. Frankly, I find some of her justifications disturbing, but others make some sense and are worth considering and understanding. Warning, there are a few sections which those with a weak stomach may find difficult.

The first month of my internship was spent on Ward 41, the septic obstetrics ward. Yes, it's hard to believe now, but in those days, they had one ward dedicated exclusively to septic complications of pregnancy.

About 90% of the patients were there with complications of septic abortion. The ward had about 40 beds, in addition to extra beds which lined the halls. Each day we admitted between 10-30 septic abortion patients. We had about one death a month, usually from septic shock associated with hemorrhage...

Today, in Canada and the U.S., septic shock from illegal abortion is virtually never seen. Like smallpox, it is a "disappeared disease."
This article did not change my mind at all, honestly, but it gave me a window into the Pro-Abortion movement and its proponents. And it reminded me yet again that the crazies who attack abortion doctors or bomb clinics do nothing to end abortion, and usually wind up creating even more dedicated proponents of the practice.


GrannyGrump said...

I don't know about Canada, but in the US, it's pretty uniform that the "I'm an abortion provider because I saw so many septic abortions at the hospital" tales cite experiences at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

When I looked through the Homicide in Chicago Database, I found a disturbing pattern -- quack abortionists would kill women, then get set free to kill again. And again. And again. Dr. Lucy (or Louise) Hagenow, for example, started killing abortion patients (as far as I can tell) in 1899, but managed to get out. She killed again in 1925 and 1926. The Illinois Supreme Court itself overturned one of her convictions. It seems as if the attitude in the appellate courts was "Abortion. Big deal." and they just let these quacks go.

Chicago continued to be an abortion hotbed. with the "Jane" syndicate establishing a network of lay abortionists that probably kept Cook County Hospital in business. Especially when you consider that they took a busload of women to Philadelphia so they could be packed with "Super Coils" by a self-styled doctor named Harvey Karman.

I would bet that there's a direct correlation between having an active abortion advocacy organization in a city, and having a full septic abortion ward.

Now, the abortion lobby will claim that the septic abortion wards led to the abortion advocacy movement, but I think that the two fed each other. Instead of saying, "Gosh, abortion is a bad idea! Look what it did to her!" they say, "Abortion needs to be done by nicer people!" and they 'd set up abortion referrals and practices. And they'd send women to the septic wards, where there'd be even more of, "Abortion should be done by nicer people!" and more abortion networks would spring up.

Whereas if they'd have given the women help avoiding abortion they could have avoided the whole mess.

GrannyGrump said...

And ya know, you gotta wonder what would make somebody look at a woman dying from a botched abortion and say, "We need to stop punishing the people who do this!"

Nomad said...

Good points, GrannyGrump!

As I said, I don't agree with anything she says, but we in the Pro-Life side need to be reminded from time to time how the other side thinks, so we are not fighting against a Straw Man.

BowHunter said...

that granny is tough.

Nomad said...

Check out her blog. Granny is an expert in the victims of abortion: