On June 11, 2015, Women’s Med Center in Dayton, Ohio committed an abortion on a woman who was unable to consent. According to a state report—which did not become public until last year—the woman (identified only as “Patient #1”) was unable to hold a coherent conversation or even lift her head. Her speech was slurred, and according to the person who gave her a ride to the center, she “took two Soma and several Percocet and probably both Suboxone and perhaps some heroin on the way in.” She was described as “semi-conscious with low blood pressure.”
Women’s Med Center dutifully noted her all of this on her chart, then aborted her baby anyway. Their excuse? If they didn’t act quickly, the child might have been born alive. The horror.
If anyone other than an abortionist did what Women’s Med Center did—if anyone approached a woman who was too high on recreational drugs to function, either ordered her to undress or personally undressed her, then stuck metal instruments up her vagina and manipulated her cervix—feminist groups would rightly and without hesitation call it rape. Instead, NARAL defended Women’s Med Center, calling the health department investigation a “political witch hunt.”
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When this story first broke last year, Secular Pro-Life drew attention to the cause using the hashtag #AbortRapeCulture. Sadly, only pro-lifers cared. Not a single pro-choice twitter user spoke out against Women’s Med Center’s abuse.
It’s now been two years. Has Women’s Med Center suffered any consequences?
The investigation into the medical rape has apparently stalled. Six months ago, Women’s Med Center lost its operating license for an unrelated reason, namely, its failure to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, as required by law. Unfortunately, Women’s Med Center is allowed to keep doing abortions while it challenges that ruling in court. The legal proceeding remains pending.
We mourn two years without justice for Patient #1 and her baby. To mark this sad anniversary, and to remind Ohio officials of their duty to protect the public from Women’s Med Center, we ask that you once again use the hashtag #AbortRapeCulture.
The medical rape of Patient #1 makes a mockery of the claim that the abortion industry is about “choice” and “women’s health.” Whatever happens, we will not forget.