The following Letter to the Editor of the Bakersfield Californian was written by Mary Darrah on September 13, the day after the newspaper publically encouraged readers to vote No on Proposition 4:
As I write, a year ago today, my dear friend’s daughter died. She was 22, beautiful, healthy and pregnant. Laura Hope Smith died on an abortion table. Her doctor was a Harvard trained ObGyn. It doesn’t seem possible that she would die, because we are told and assume that legal abortions are safe. Her parents did not even know she was pregnant until the ER doctor called to report her death. Can you imagine their shock? It was too late to save her. By the time they got to her, their worst nightmare was realized when they identified her body. She was on a slab in the basement of the hospital where she was taken.
Even though Laura was not a minor, I would like to address Sarah’s Law (Proposition 4). For the sake of our daughters, parents need to know when an under-age girl is contemplating such a dangerous surgical procedure. If she has an abortion without their knowledge and survives, but then developes an infection and they don’t know to watch for it, she could die from the infection. Tragically, this has happened when parents thought their daughters just had the flu. Also, after an abortion, parents need to be aware and watchful concerning their daughter’s mental health.
As you can see, this is serious. Lives are at stake. You never know; this could happen to someone you love.
Please vote Yes on Proposition 4.
I write this in Laura’s memory. Parents, siblings, friends and a fiance grieve and miss her. She was loved.
Posted: September 19th, 2008 under Uncategorized.