Father Would Have Persuaded Daughter Against Legal Abortion That Killed Her

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 20, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Father Would Have Persuaded Daughter Against Legal Abortion That Killed Her

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 20
, 2008

Bristol, England (LifeNews.com) — A British father told a court hearing that he would have tried to persuade his teenager daughter against having the legal abortion that eventually claimed her life. Manon Jones had an abortion in June 2005 using the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 and bled to death two weeks later.

As LifeNews.com has reported, Jones, an 18-year-old student from Wales, experienced heavy bleeding after the abortion, which was incomplete and left part of the unborn child’s body inside her.

Manon’s father, Dewi Jones, told an inquest that he was never informed about his daughter’s pregnancy or her decision to have an abortion until she checked into Southmead Hospital in Bristol with complications.

According to a BBC report, Jones said he was distressed to learn that Manon, who is a Christian, decided to have an abortion because of issues with her boyfriend’s family, who are Islamic.

In a tribute speech to his daughter during the inquest, Jones said "everyone has a right to their religion – and you could have, like your sister Elin, now have gone to university and had a very bright future."

He said he wouldn’t have had a problem with Manon dating a Muslim man and that nothing would have come between him and his "loving daughter Manon."

Jones said he was "so glad to have such happy memories of those short years together," according to the BBC report, and called his daughter a "star in every way."

He also described the songs he would sing to his daughter as she lay ill in a hospital bed and recalled the words he told her shortly before she died about how much she meant to him.

"I told you also how much you meant to me as a daughter. I cherish this memory as I was able to tell you how much I love you," he said.

After the abortion, Jones felt light-headed over subsequent days and began experiencing abnormal bleeding. She then became what is believed to be the fourteenth woman to have died after using the dangerous abortion drug.

Four days after going to the hospital, she was dead.

The BBC indicated hospital blood tests showed she needed a complete transfusion — something that has frequently occurred after mifepristone abortions in the United States.

However, another emergency broke out in the crowded Bristol hospital and Jones’ condition deteriorated to the point she needed life support.

Post-mortem tests showed she died of low hemoglobin levels and shocked caused by a failed abortion that left part of the unborn child inside her uterus.

Last week, Manon’s mother paid tribute to her during the inquest.

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