Russian Teenage Girl Dies From Legal Abortion at Moscow Hospital Wednesday

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Russian Teenage Girl Dies From Legal Abortion at Moscow Hospital Wednesday

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 19
, 2010

Moscow, Russia ( — A teenage girl died from a botched legal abortion at a hospital in Moscow on Wednesday, local sources indicate. The death is yet another casualty of a Russian abortion industry that has produced some of the highest abortion rates in the world and has caused significant infertility problems.

The Pravda news service indicates the woman began suffering problems immediately following the abortion, lost consciousness and eventually died.

Hospital officials took the unnamed woman to a larger hospital located next door and immediately transferred her to an intensive care unit, where she eventually died from the abortion complications.

Emergency physicians told the Russian web site Life News, not affiliated with this pro-life news service, that the woman was dead by the time they arrived to care for her.

They said the woman died from acute cardiovascular insufficiency and intensive blood loss, why typically happens when the abortion has caused damage to the woman’s uterus or other internal parts and she suffers intense bleeding.

Pravda indicates that another case recently occurred where a young woman died from a failed abortion.

In this second case, a gynecologist at a private clinic has been charged with inadvertent manslaughter after injecting the woman with lidocaine. The Russian news agency indicates the abortion and drug caused problems and the woman eventually died. Officials later determined the abortion practitioner did not have a proper license.

These deaths follow the death of another Russian woman who died at a Moscow clinic after an abortion in March 2009. The second-trimester abortion was done by the head physician at the clinic, Pravda indicated.

Last month, a top Russian health minister suggested the nation should consider cutting abortions to combat its problems of underpopulation. The Russian nation is desperately in need of people as the prevalence of abortions has caused such severe problems that it has ravaged the nation’s workforce.

Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said the Russian government is meeting to determine how to reduce abortions.

"The topic of reducing abortions is definitely on today’s agenda. This won’t solve the birthrate problem 100 percent, but around 20 to 30 percent," Russian news agencies indicated Golikova saying.

Golikova said there were 1.714 million births in Russia in 2008 but 1.234 million abortions as the country continued having one of the highest abortion rates in the world along with other eastern European nations.

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