Sandra Fluke Ignores Women Dying From Botched Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2012   |   12:35PM   |   Washington, DC

During her Democratic National Convention speech last night, pro-abortion activist Sandra Fluke accused Paul Ryan of supporting a bill that “would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms,” an attack on Ryan’s pro-life views.

But the leader of one pro-life group says Fluke’s fiction ignores the fact that women are already dying in emergency rooms, but for different reasons — they are dying after failed abortions.

“We have news for Sandra Fluke. Women are already dying in our emergency rooms from botched abortions while President Obama not only looks the other way. Just ask the family of Tonya Reaves,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.

Reaves died on July 20, 2012, from hemorrhaging caused by a botched second-trimester abortion she received at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic, Newman noted. She suffered a uterine perforation that was not reported to the hospital when Reaves was admitted after bleeding profusely for over five hours at the Planned Parenthood office. No call was placed to 911, further delaying her emergency care.

Just four days later, Obama renewed his support for Planned Parenthood during a campaign stop where he stated, “Mr. Romney wants to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood. I think that’s a bad idea. I’ve got two daughters. I want them to control their own health care choices.”

Newman said the statement showed complete disrespect for Reaves and for her grieving family and a disturbing lack of concern for women who are routinely subjected to substandard abortions across the nation.

Newman says Reaves is not the only botched abortion patient to die in our emergency rooms and provided other recent cases:

  • Laura Hope Smith died from a negligently performed first trimester abortion by Rapine Osathanondh at an inadequately staffed and equipped abortion clinic in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Osathanondh was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to jail.
  • Alexandra Nunez died from a horrifically botched second trimester abortion she received from Robert Hosty at a seedy abortion clinic in Queens, New York. Some of her baby’s remains had been shoved through a uterine perforation and into her abdominal cavity. Hosty’s medical license was revoked earlier this year.
  • Christin Gilbert died after LeRoy Carhart bungled her third-trimester abortion. She delivered her dead baby in the back of her family’s van, then developed an untreated infection that killed her. Carhart was never held accountable for her death.

“Fluke is trying to perpetuate the myth that pro-life legislation kills women, when it is actually today’s abortionists that are all too often landing women on a slab in the morgue,” said Newman. “Ms. Fluke ignores the plight of women like Tonya Reaves, Laura Smith, Alexandra Nunez, and thousands of others while attempting to inflame with faulty hypotheticals. If she really wanted to help women, she would work to close abortion clinics where women are injured and killed on a regular basis.”

Speaking to the Democratic National Convention, Fluke pushed her pro-abortion views saying Mitt Romney and Ryan’s pro-life views would be bad for the country.

“In that America, your new president could be a man who stands by when a public figure tries to silence a private citizen with hateful slurs. Who won’t stand up to the slurs, or to any of the extreme, bigoted voices in his own party,” she claimed. “It would be an America in which you have a new vice president who co-sponsored a bill that would allow pregnant women to die preventable deaths in our emergency rooms.

Fluke said that was, “An America in which states humiliate women by forcing us to endure invasive ultrasounds we don’t want and our doctors say we don’t need,” even though studies show Planned Parenthood virtually always does ultrasounds prior to abortions.

Fluke is bastardizing a portion of the bill stopping taxpayer funding of abortions in Obamacare that reinstates conscience protections for pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in abortions.



The Protect Life Act makes it clear that no funds authorized or appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It specifies that individual people or state or local governments must purchase a separate elective abortion rider or insurance coverage that includes elective abortion but only as long as that is done with private funds and not monies authorized by Obamacare.

The bill also specifies that insurance issuers may offer health plans that include elective abortion and may offer separate elective abortion riders, so long as they ensure PPACA funds are not used for premiums or administrative costs. The bill also clarifies that issuers who offer elective abortion coverage must also offer a qualified health benefits plan that is identical except that it does not cover elective abortion.

The pro-life measure also ensures that state laws “protecting conscience rights, restricting or prohibiting abortion or coverage or funding of abortion, or establishing procedural requirements on abortion” are not abrogated by Obamacare. It also makes it so any state or local governments receiving funding under Obamacare may not subject any health care entity to discrimination or require any health plan to subject any entity to discrimination on the basis that it refuses to undergo abortion training, refuses to require abortion training, refuses to perform or pay for abortions, or refuses to provide abortion referrals.

Fluke talked about moving in the footsteps of the feminist foremothers, but forgot that they were mostly pro-life.  And she talked about the issue of rape but didn’t mention how Planned Parenthood covers up child rape.