Abortionist trials magnify abortion dangers
The recent trials of two abortionists may not have received much media
attention, but women who are considering abortion should be informed of
one key point agreed upon by both abortionists.
Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft faces up to 30 years in federal
prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit extortion, lying
under oath, and mail fraud. Now Pendergraft is facing a malpractice lawsuit
from a woman who claims that, among other errors, he perforated her
uterus during an abortion.
Pendergraft's lawyer, Richard Ford, admitted that the woman's uterus
was perforated, but claimed that Pendergraft's actions were appropriate.
"Obviously, it was perforated. This is a known complication of
this type of surgery," Ford said. "The experts said he didn't violate the
standard of care, and we're going to be defending it."
In Arizona, the jury is deliberating the case of abortionist John Biskind,
who is charged with manslaughter for the abortion
death of LouAnne Herron. After perforating her uterus, leaving a 2 inch
by 3/4 of an inch hole, Biskind left Herron, visiting his tailor while
she bled to death.
Biskind testified in his own defense that perforating a uterus is not
uncommon during an abortion. The prosecution's expert witness, Dr.
Sidney Wechsler, agreed.
Both abortionists argue that they should not be held accountable for
perforating a woman's uterus, because perforation is a known complication of
abortion. Most women who abort their babies don't realize it, but by
consenting to an abortion, they have agreed to allow their uterus to be
As in the case of LouAnne Herron, perforation of a uterus can be fatal.
Here in Bakersfield, Helen Herron died after her uterus was perforated
during an abortion by FPA's "back-up" doctor, William Stanley. And in
another notorious case, Barstow's Sharon Hamptlon died after her uterus
was perforated by abortionist Bruce Steir.
Some may try to deflect concern about the risks of abortion by claiming
that these abortionists are just the abortion industry's "bad apples," but
in fact, as Mark Crutcher points out in his book Lime 5, these practices of
these abortionists are "representative of the entire abortion industry."
Whether abortions are committed in "back alleys" or in comfortable doctors'
offices, they are dangerous for women and their children.
FPA's "preoperative information" sheet admits that "even
when the surgeon is highly skilled and experienced in the procedure there is
a risk of perforation of the uterus...." It shouldn't be hard to understand
why shoving a sharp instrument into a woman's uterus could result in
perforation or other injury.
Yes, perforation is not uncommon, and it can be deadly. Do women really
understand this before they agree to abort their babies? In most cases,
women just want to get the abortion over with, and would prefer not to be
confused by the facts. But our responsibility as "watchmen on the wall"
under Ezekiel 33 includes not only speaking out for the life of her child,
but warning each woman of how this abortion could impact her own life
(physically, spiritually, and emotionally).
For more details on the trials of Pendergraft,
Biskind, and other abortionists,
consult the Voice For Life website (http://VoiceForLife.glorifyJesus.com).