A young woman in India reportedly died along with her unborn child in a botched late-term abortion on Sunday.
News reports say the young woman was a 19-year-old engineering student from Hyderabad; however, one report said the woman was 21 years old. Authorities said she was at least 20 weeks pregnant with her unborn child, the legal abortion limit in India.
The Deccan Chronicle reports the young woman’s boyfriend took her to the hospital on Sunday for an abortion. When she began experiencing heavy bleeding from the abortion, police in Hyderabad said she was taken to another hospital; but she was declared dead when she arrived.
Police said they arrested the doctor who performed her abortion, and they are questioning other staff at the hospital. According to the New Indian Express, the young woman actually may have been seven months pregnant, which would make the abortion illegal. Police said they are waiting on a confirmation of her baby’s gestational age.
Here’s more from the report:
According to Vanasthalipuram police, the girl along with her partner Madhu, a relative, approached Dr Girija Rani, who runs Anusha Maternity Clinic in Kamalangar. The girl’s parents were reportedly not informed about the incident and Madhu convinced the girl that they would not be any problems.
But the surgery resulted in uncontrollable bleeding after which the panicked doctors rushed her to Kamala Hospital in Dilsukhnagar, where she was declared brought dead.
Based on her father’s complaint, who was informed by police, a case was registered against doctor Girija Rani and Madhu and they have been arrested.
The boyfriend also is being questioned, according to police.
Abortions can be deadly to women as well as their unborn babies, especially later in pregnancy. Reports indicate the young woman in India was given abortion drugs to kill her unborn child; however, abortion drugs typically are only used in the first trimester. Late-term abortions typically involve surgery and labor induction as well as chemicals to kill the unborn baby.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported several women’s deaths after botched abortions.
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Last summer, Cree Erwin was found dead in her mother’s home three days after having an abortion at a Kalamazoo, Michigan Planned Parenthood. New details about Erwin’s death came out in April in an autopsy report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The autopsy revealed that Erwin died of a blood clot in her lungs; she had internal bleeding caused by a 4-centimeter tear in her uterus.
Hospital records also indicate that her abortion was incomplete, meaning Planned Parenthood left parts of her baby or placenta in her womb.
In 2015, a pro-life group in California learned that another woman reportedly died after a botched abortion in San Diego. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died after a botched abortion at an Ohio facility; and 22-year-old Tonya Reaves bled to death after a botched abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2012. Refugee Karnamaya Mongar died with her unborn baby in 2009 in Philadelphia; and Jennifer Morbelli is yet another who lost her life in 2013 after a late-term abortion.
The Centers for Disease Control reported two women died from legal abortions in 2012 in the United States, making the total deaths 424 since 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.
However, the CDC notes that its maternal mortality data is not complete. According to the report, its numbers “during 1998-2011 cannot be used alone to calculate national case-fatality rates … because certain states did not report abortion data every year during this period.”
Many believe the number of women who have died along with their unborn babies is much higher in the United States. The total number of women around the world who have died from botched abortions is unknown.
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