Media Ignore Another Woman Dying Inside Abortion Clinic

October 23rd, 2007 6:49 AM

Journalists often the define the news as a "man bites dog" story. In that case, what about when an abortionist kills the woman seeking an abortion? Our "pro-choice" media is allergic to occasions when this occurs. (Remember Holly Patterson? Most don't. Some older examples are in here.) Steven Ertelt at reports on the latest example from Massachusetts, and the extremely slow media reaction:

The mainstream media has finally reported on the case of a Massachusetts woman who died from a legal abortion there. first brought the case to light when pro-life groups told the news service about 22-year-old Laura Hope Smith, who died after visiting the Women Health Center, an abortion business.

Laura Smith was the Honduran-born daughter whom Eileen and Tom Smith adopted at the age of five.

Eileen Smith told the National Catholic Register last week that she is upset that no mainstream media outlet had covered her daughter's death up to that point.

"I don’t want Laura’s death swept under the rug," she told the Register. "If Laura had died falling off a bike or in a car accident, it would have been in the paper the next day. [Abortion] is a political hot potato."

According to Smith, a reporter from the local Cape Cod Times approached her two days after her daughter died for an interview. However, the article never ran in the newspaper.

Finally, five weeks after her death, the Times ran a story Sunday on Smith's death under the headline, "Parents search for clues in daughter's unexplained death."

The Times interviewed Karen Trott, a local resident who was a friend of Smith and went with her to the abortion center.

Trott said Smith was initially worked up and told to come back later in the day for the actual abortion and said Smith was 13 weeks pregnant at the time.

She waited for the abortion procedure to be completed so she could drive her friend home. But that never happened as the botched abortion apparently caused Smith significant medical problems.

"And then all of a sudden (an assistant) comes out and says she's not breathing," Trott said. "And I was like, what do you mean she's not breathing?"

After paramedics rushed Smith to a Cape Cod Hospital, Trott called Eileen and Tom Smith to let them know about their daughter's condition.

Meanwhile, Smith's attorney filed a Complaint for Discovery on October 4, for information from the Medical Examiner's office, the hospital, the abortion facility and abortion practitioner Rapin Osathanondh.

Osathanondh, who received his medical training in Thailand, did the abortion on September 13.

Next week, Smith is expected to file for administrative control over Laura's estate so she can have access to her daughter's medical records, the Times reported.

Wouldn't it be nice if a national reporter asked Hillary Clinton about how abortion isn't always "safe, legal and rare" for women in America?