Massachusetts Pro-Life Advocates Want Abortion Info Bill After Woman’s Death

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 24, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Massachusetts Pro-Life Advocates Want Abortion Info Bill After Woman’s Death

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 24
, 2009

Boston, MA ( — After a woman in Massachusetts was killed in a botched abortion, a state pro-life organization says her death could have been prevented had she been told about abortion’s risks and alternatives. Officials with Massachusetts Citizens for Life lobbies state lawmakers on Tuesday to support an abortion information bill.

Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, of North Attleboro, is the sponsor of the Women’s Right to Know legislation and 18 lawmakers have co-sponsored it.

The measure is named Laura’s Law, after Laura Hope Smith, a 22-year-old who died during an abortion done by Rapin Osathanondh in 2007.

Anne Fox, the president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, says Smith’s parents also support the bill and say it could have convinced their daughter not to follow through with her decision to have an abortion.

“Her parents feel if she had information about an abortion, she would still be alive,” Fox said.

“You get more information during dental surgery," Fox added about the kind of informed consent that is given before legitimate medical procedures.

“This is not an abortion bill,” Fox said. “It’s a women’s medical right to know bill.”

The bill requires the abortion practitioner to make sure any mother considering an abortion has received comprehensive information about its risks and alternatives. It also allows women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to the abortion procedure.

Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, which operates abortion businesses in the state and which would have to make sure women are given information, doesn’t want the informed consent bill to become law.

Diane Luby, president of the organization, claimed women already receive enough information about abortion before they have one.

Democratic lawmakers who have signed onto the bill include Reps. Angelo Scaccia of Boston, Colleen Garry of Dracut, John Fresolo of Worcester, Michael Kane of Holyoke, Michael Rush of Boston, James Miceli of Wilmington, Willie Mae Allen of Mattapan, Cleon Turner of Dennis, Paul Donato of Medford and Sen. Thomas Kennedy of Brockton.

Osathanondh has been indicted in the legal abortion death of Laura Smith. Her mother, Eileen Smith, said she was pleased after she heard the news.

"I am ecstatic to hear such great news,” Eileen told “Nothing will bring my daughter back but it is comforting to know that justice is being brought for her death.”

Eileen Smith said she hopes this indictment will help keep the pressure on other abortion practitioners who put women’s health at risk.

"I hope this will make other abortionists take notice. I pray that I am an example to other mothers and that I will not stand alone in my crusade. Please join my voice,” she said.

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