Legal But Not Safe

Parents who have to bury a child say it is an emotional challenge that words cannot explain or feelings cannot be compared to. How does one explain such a loss? Tom and Eileen Smith found themselves trying to explain these feelings.

On September 13, 2007 Tom got a call from his daughter’s cell phone, but the voice on the other end was not his daughter’s. It was a friend hysterically crying. Tom handed his phone to his wife, Eileen. Eileen said she could only decipher the words, “Laura…abortion…not breathing.”

Laura Smith, Tom and Eileen’s 22 year-old daughter, had gone to the Women Health Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts for a scheduled abortion. When Laura’s friend arrived to pick her up, Laura was not in the waiting room. An employee of the facility said that Laura had aspirated during the abortion and 911 was sending an emergency response team. Laura was taken to the hospital, but it was too late. Eileen speaks through tears as she remembers walking down to the hospital morgue to identify her daughter, “It was the worst experience of my life seeing my precious daughter rolled out on a metal table.”

Can abortion really threaten the life of a woman? Former abortion clinic owner, Carol Everett, says yes. Carol has witnessed abortions on women who were not even pregnant, an abortion that left a woman wearing a colostomy bag for the rest of her life, and an abortion that extracted a woman’s uterus. She says abortion is a business, and like any business the more you sell the more profit you make. Abortion in America is legal, but is it safe?

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