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Unethical, Cruel, and Likely Illegal: Anti-Choicers Make Family’s Tragedy Public Without Their Consent


Anti-choice activist Jill Stanek recently published online the name and photo of a woman who passed away following a late-term abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. Leroy Carhart.  Beyond being unethical and unbelievably cruel, making her family’s tragedy public without their consent was likely illegal.

Anti-choice activist Jill Stanek recently published online the name and photo of a woman who passed away following a late-term abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. Leroy Carhart. Beyond being unethical and unbelievably cruel, making her family’s tragedy public without their consent was likely illegal. (Pro-Life Unity/flickr)

Anti-choice activist Jill Stanek recently published online the name and photo of a woman who passed away following a late abortion at the Maryland clinic of Dr. Leroy Carhart. The name and picture of the woman, I’ll call her Marie, along with information about her job, marriage, and pregnancy were soon all over the internet. Protesters plastered Marie’s picture on signs and marched outside Dr. Carhart’s clinic and held a “vigil” outside the emergency room where she was treated. Internet commentators characterized Marie’s husband, parents, and sister, who traveled with her from out-of-state for the three-day procedure, as everything from bad Catholics to killers. Beyond being immoral, unethical and unbelievably cruel, making the family’s tragedy public without their consent was likely illegal.

The Information Released

Stanek first revealed Marie’s identity in a post entitled “BREAKING: Carhart’s Victims Identified,” which continues to top Stanek’s list of most read posts. In the post, she explains that clinic protestors, “sidewalk counselors” as she calls them, tracked the visits of Marie and her family members, making “real-time annotations” about how she looked and when the family came and went. Stanek gives us down to the minute details. (“The family returned again on Wednesday,[…]staying nine hours, an extraordinary length of time. They left at 4:35 p.m.”)[1]      

Stanek’s scoop also included information about what time Marie was admitted to the emergency room, how many times she “coded,” what time she died, when Dr. Carhart called the hospital, how long a medical examiner looked at Marie’s file, etc. If Stanek’s information is accurate, it would seem to have been disclosed by someone working at the hospital—in violation of HIPAA, the federal law protecting patient privacy.  Stanek says she received Marie’s name from an “impeccable informant.” This is presumably the same source who knew what happened at the hospital, though it could have been a protestor who took it upon herself to search obituaries for women who looked familiar, or someone else. Once Marie’s name was known, her obituary was found. Two protestors confirmed to Stanek that the woman pictured in it had been at the clinic. 

For extra journalistic cred, Stanek links to Marie’s baby registry. It was then taken down, presumably by someone who doesn’t want strangers looking at it and has access to the account. One likely candidate would be the other half of the registered couple, Marie’s grieving husband, who I’ll call Kevin. Undeterred, Stanek posts an “UPDATE” with a screenshot of the registry. Stanek’s later posts include a picture of Marie with Kevin mostly cropped out, which she likely pulled from Pinterest since the four versions of it Stanek has saved online include Marie’s Pinterest username in the file names.  

Stanek’s scoop is a big deal among anti-choicer bloggers and Twitter users who can now illustrate their claims that Dr. Carhart is a murderer with pictures of an extremely pretty young woman and the warning of a family’s very sad and very public story. They can use Marie’s name and the name the couple had chosen for their daughter as a rallying cry and Twitter hashtag. Lila Rose took advantage of the opportunity to go on Fox News.  

Marie’s mother-in-law expressed to a reporter how upsetting the publicity has been and pleaded for her son to be allowed to mourn in peace. Instead, strangers are tweeting pictures of him with his dead wife, photographing him leaving her funeral, making accusations about their decisions, and “remembering” a woman he just lost and they never met.

Anti-choice bloggers have been critical, to put it nicely, of those who havewritten about the invasion of privacy. Some have pointed to the publicity surrounding the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died after being denied an abortion in Ireland, as justification for publishing Marie’s information. However, it was Savita Halappanavar’s family who brought her story to light, not a stranger who learned what happened through likely illegal means. Halappanavar’s husband demanded an investigation into her death and her parents want a reformed abortion law to be named after her.They have chosen to make their loss a catalyst for change. We have no information that Marie’s family believes she received poor medical care, but they were free to make her story public for that or any other reason. It should have been their decision to make.

Invasion of Privacy Claims

Many of the anti-choicers circulating information about Marie and her family seem to be under the impression that publishing anything about anyone is free speech and fair game. This is not the case.  The vast majority of states recognize a common law, statutory, or state constitutional right to privacy.  There are four main common law invasion of privacy torts (a tort is a wrong with a civil remedy, as opposed to a crime). They are:  (1) unreasonable intrusion upon the seclusion of another, (2) appropriation of another’s name or likeness, (3) unreasonable publicity about another’s private life, and (4) publicity that unreasonably places another in a false light before the public.  Whether one can sue for invasion of privacy will depend on the facts of the case and which state’s law will apply.  Maryland, where the procedure and protests took place, recognizes all four privacy torts as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Public Disclosure of Private Facts

Let’s begin with the third privacy tort, because it looks like the strongest claim based on what’s been reported. Someone who makes a public disclosure of private facts can be held liable if the disclosure would be highly offensive to a reasonable person and is not of legitimate concern to the public. A private individual’s medical information is generally not something the public is entitled to know about. That’s why we have a Federal law, HIPAA, which protects patient privacy. 

In a 1995 Michigan case, Doe v. Mills, the court found that the fact that a woman had decided to have an abortion was not a matter of legitimate public concern: “We have no hesitancy in concluding that such an allegation involves a matter that a reasonable person would consider private.  Indeed, abortion concerns matters of sexual relations and medical treatment, both of which are regarded as private matters.” The court explained that though the issue of abortion may be of legitimate public interest, theidentity of a particular woman seeking one is a purely private concern.

In that case, the plaintiffs alleging invasion of privacy were women who had themselves sought abortions and then faced protesters who’d put their names on posters. Marie did not live to see her face on protestors’ signs. Claims for invasion of privacy do not survive the death of the person whose privacy was violated, so no one can sue on Marie’s behalf, but her family had their own privacy rights violated.  In particular, her husband had details about his procreation made public, which is regarded by courts as a private matter.

Jill Stanek and her cohorts would probably argue the “newsworthiness exception.” Something to the effect of “It is newsworthy because Carhart is killing women! And babies!” (Let’s bracket Dr. Carhart’s defamation claims against these people). Even if the criminalize-abortion activists could successfully argue that the death of a person following surgery—something that occurs regularly—and the details of where and when and why she was treated is newsworthy, is the identity of that person newsworthy?

Courts have generally held the names of crime victims to be newsworthy, but not the names of people who have had particular medical procedures or conditions. Furthermore, Stanek’s claims to being any kind of journalistic outlet are extremely weak given the inaccurate information and unsubstantiated claims that characterize her site. Finally, she lacked information that any crime had occurred.      

Alternatively, Stanek et al might argue that they did not publicize a private matter because the clinic was in a public place so the family’s “comings and goings were acts exposed to the public eye.” The Doe v. Millscourt rejected this argument, as have other courts, agreeing with a court that had held that a couple who had attended a program at a public hospital for in vitro fertilization did not waive their right to keep the medical condition and treatment private in respect to the general public. Neither Kevin, nor Marie’s parents nor her sister waived their rights to privacy by being visible in public while accompanying Marie to the clinic. Nor did the family make the entirety of their lives public by publishing an obituary. What Stanek and other activists have done to Marie’s family looks to me like precisely what the prohibition of unreasonably publishing private facts is meant to prevent.  

Intrusion upon seclusion, appropriation, and false light

We turn to the remaining privacy torts briefly. (1) Intrusion upon seclusion is a cause of action against a person who obtains private information, that another person had the right to keep secret, through means a reasonable person would find objectionable. It concerns the manner in which private information is obtained rather than its publication. Kevin had the right to keep the details of his wife’s pregnancy private and HIPAA bars disclosure of the medical information without permission. I don’t know how Jill Stanek got the information she published, but I can’t think of many unobjectionable or even legal ways she could have. Her use of the term “informant” suggests inducement to me, but if someone sent the information unsolicited, that person could be liable for intrusion upon seclusion. 

The tort of (2) appropriation of another’s name or likeness requires unauthorized use for a commercial or advertising purpose in many jurisdictions. The classic case involves using someone’s picture in an advertisement for a product, but if I were Kevin’s lawyer, I’d still bring an appropriation claim on these facts. A number of blogs that advocate the criminalization of abortion are using Marie and Kevin’s names, photos and story to drive traffic to their sites. One that I find especially offensive has a big banner with Marie’s face and the name of Marie and Kevin’s baby above a large red “Donate” button.  Additionally, Stanek’s blog has advertisements for commercial productsan online store that’s â€śa one-stop shop for all your pro-life gear,” and info on how to book her for speaking engagements. Looks like a commercial use to me.

An action for (3) publicity that places another in a false light, entails a showing that the publication is highly objectionable because it characterizes a person falsely by attributing to him beliefs or conduct which are not his own. The alleged beliefs or conduct need not be defamatory or shameful. The kindest of the portrayals of Marie’s family have been as misguided victims lured into aiding and abetting their daughter in an immoral act. If, as I believe is far more likely, the family supported Marie in what was determined to be the best course of action in a terrible situation after weighing the risks, I’d argue they’ve been placed in a false light. Furthermore, the rampant use of Marie’s name and picture could be misconstrued as the family’s endorsement of the anti-choicers belief that abortion should be illegal. We have no reason to believe they feel that way, and some reason to believe they hold the opposite opinion.

Marie’s family members might have claims against different individuals for different torts depending on information I don’t have about who did what. Perhaps, they would have a claim for civil conspiracy under Maryland law as well. I can only discuss possibilities given that the available facts are few and disputed, but the available information suggests they would have a case.   

The First Amendment Defense: Phelps v. Snyder

Privacy intrusions often go hand in hand with claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED).  For a viable IIED claim, a plaintiff must show that the defendant, either intentionally or recklessly, engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct that caused the plaintiff severe emotional distress. I think one could prove the outrageous nature of the publication and subsequent campaign to a jury, but I will hope that no one in Marie’s family will experience distress of such a severity that they would have a claim for IIED. Still, given that the harm at issue resulted from speech, let’s imagine a plaintiff in this family’s situation that had both a valid IIED and privacy claim and consider the First Amendment defense.

Last year in Synder v. Phelps, the Supreme Court overturned a judgment against the Westboro Baptist Church for IIED, intrusion on seclusion, and civil conspiracy on free speech grounds. Albert Snyder, the father of a deceased soldier sued Westboro after they picketed his son’s funeral with their signature “God Hates Fags,” “God Hates America,” and other signs. Writing for the majority, Justice Roberts explained that whether holding Westboro liable for its speech was prohibited by the First Amendment depended largely on whether the speech was of public or private concern. Restricting speech on purely private matters does not implicate the same constitutional concerns as limiting speech on matter of public interest. Contrasting cases where an individual’s credit report and a video of an employee engaging in a sex act were found not to be of public concern, the Court found that the content of Westboro’s signs related to broad issues of interest to society at large, not purely private concerns. Distasteful as their speech might be, Westboro expressed views on a public topic by picketing peacefully on public property.

In his concurrence, Justice Breyer agreed the picketing addressed a matter of public concern.  He noted that the opinion said little about the effect of television broadcasting and nothing about internet postings. He explained that the government can sometimes regulate picketing and that newsworthiness does not guarantee constitutional protection for speech. One cannot assault a person, for example, knowing the assault will be a newsworthy statement and thereby give the illegal act First Amendment protection. Justice Breyer emphasized the limited nature of the holding:

The dissent requires us to ask whether our holding unreasonably limits liability for intentional infliction of emotional distress—to the point where A (in order to draw attention to his views on a public matter) might launch a verbal assault upon B, a private person, publicly revealing the most intimate details of B’s private life, while knowing that the revelation will cause B severe emotional harm. Does our decision leave the State powerless to protect the individual against invasions of, e.g. personal privacy, even in the most horrendous of such circumstances?

It does not. Justice Breyer explained that the state has an interest in protecting privacy related interests that sometimes conflict with First Amendment values. Given the facts of the case, where the plaintiff saw only the tops of the protestors’ signs as he drove to his son’s funeral and could not hear them once inside, the state’s interest in protecting citizens from severe emotional harm would not be advanced enough to justify punishing Westboro’s speech. 

In an impassioned dissent, Justice Alito disagreed with the Court’s determination that Westboro’s speech was on a matter of public concern and explained that Westboro deprived a private person of the right to bury his son in peace by targeting his son as part of a “well-practiced strategy for attracting public attention.” He concluded that having a society in which public issues can be openly and vigorously debated does not requiring allowing the “brutalization of innocent victims” like the mourning father.

The brutalization of Marie’s family as part of the anti-choicers strategy for attracting public attention, was accomplished through speech that was much more clearly of purely private concern than that at issue in Snyder v. Phelps. Jill Stanek and her pack are free to express their views on abortion by holding up signs the required number of feet from a Maryland funeral that say “God hates women who get abortions” a la Westboro. They do not have the right to say, “this is the name of a woman who had an abortion,” or any other medical procedure for that matter, without consent. They do not have the right to publicize a fetus’ anomalies. They do not have the right to take a dead woman and the wife of a man in mourning as their mascot.  They do not have the right to publish the names of parents and what actions they took regarding their daughter’s medical issues. 

I doubt any amount of money could compensate a family like Marie’s whose private tragedy was made public before they could even bury her. If I’d been attacked in this way, I suspect preventing it from happening to the next person would be the only motivation worth the time and heartache of a lawsuit.  Short of a lawsuit in any particular situation, however, we can hope for a better public understanding of the fact that First Amendment rights are not absolute and that we cannot use private information in any way we please that might deter the next blogger from exploiting a private tragedy for the cause.


[1] The anonymous “sidewalk counselors” tell Stanek the woman looked increasingly pale. Janet Kotowski, “a volunteer with Germantown Pregnancy Choices, which she said assists pregnant women with alternatives to abortion” gave a reporter similar information about when the family visited the clinic, saying that the woman was getting “paler and paler.” Kotowski, who Operation Rescue has referred to as a “pro-life sidewalk counselor” in the context of her complaints against Carhart, told the reporter she, “works next door and saw [the woman] in the parking lot before and after the visits.” In a complaint to the Maryland Board of Physicians, Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger, states Kotowski told her Marie was at the clinic for 8 ½ to 9 hours, which Kotowski described, like Stanek, as “much longer than patients usually stay.” Ellen Castellano also told Sullenger she saw Marie each day and described her as “weak and pale.”


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SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

 


Quoting pansyprincess:

 Pro-aborts?  Are you for real??  That made me laugh outloud.  Honey, every single surgery inherantly has risks associated with them.  Do you feel like people should really think twice about getitng their gall bladder removed?  What surgery do you know that comes with 0% risk?  Um, none. 

And do you want to take away my choice to have safe access to an abortion?  Then that makes you anti-choice.  The opposite of which is pro-choice.  Which is what I am.  I don't give a crap which choice you make, and I will support them all.  But I'm not going to make it for you.

Quoting kstchr:

I did read through the whole article, and and I agree it wasn't right to publicize the poor woman's name and picture without her family's permission. However, people DO die from abortions, so that is enough to convince me that obviously they're not as safe as the "pro-aborts" would have us believe. Ask yourself WHY she died?? This kind of tragedy happens all too often, and I have to wonder if abortion truly was safe, why would the women ever die??  Why were those health problems she was experiencing allowed to go on for so long? I don't know if the clinic called an ambulance or if her family took her to the ER, that part wasn't clear, but she was there for 8-9 hours. I have to wonder why didn't they get medical care for her sooner?  I am not faulting the woman or her family, because it seems plausible that they wanted this baby enough to give her a name and sign up for a baby registry; therefore I'm assuming the baby wasn't viable. It just sounds to me like the abortionist and clinic were negligent by not getting emergency medical help for her sooner, yet the only uproar the the pro-aborts have is over a privacy issue?  Seems like they're trying to draw attention away from the real tragedy, that a woman DIED at the hands of an abortionist. 

By the way, I am PRO-LIFE; I am not "Anti-Choice."

The abortionist was negligent.  Did he even have admitting priveledges at a hospital.  Covering up a risky late term abortion,at the expense of the woman's life.  sad 

 


 

SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

 


Quoting Goodwoman614:

 

 

Quoting SandyLaxner:

 

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Those who wish to pass judgement on this woman for the heart wrenching decision made, without knowing these people or the actual medical facts in regards to the child, should be ashamed of themselves.

This person, every one,  who took her name, her informatino, the families information and every thing else.......to use in their quest to 'save lives'............will have a special place in Hell assigned to them.

Hell that's funny.

Have an abortion at 33wks pregnant,ya get what ya pay for.  Cannot sugarcoat this story!

 

So she deserved to die? She was asking for it? 

You are despicable. Disgusting. 

 

Anybody think that killing babies is despicable and disgusting?  How backwards this world has become!

 

Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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Not surprised from the so called pro life crowd.  

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FrumpyMama
by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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Anyone who posts anything horrible to further their own cause in a cruel and belittling way should be punished. Is it sad that she lost her life after a late term abortion? Yes it is. Am I for late terms? No, but some mothers have a real reason to have them done, yes there are some who don't. But either way, taking the information and turning it into a three ring circus in your favor isn't right.  Biased blog or not, if this woman actually did this, she should be held accountable and punished accordningly.

KristenFowles
by Member on Mar. 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

 Sad.

jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Our maternal death rate should not be so high, considering the amount of medical knowledge and resources our country has. We should have the lowest or very near the lowest maternal death rate in the world, like Norway and Estonia. Instead, ours is exactly the same as Iran's. Pro lifers should be trying to fix that instead of sticking their nose in other people's uteruses.

Quoting SandyLaxner:

 




Quoting jllcali:

The maternal death rate in the U.S. is 21 per 100,000 live births. The death rate from abortions after the 21st week of gestation is 18 per 100,000 procedures. It's actually safer in the U.S. to have an abortion at 33 weeks than to carry it to term. Do you laugh at all the women who die in childbirth? Afterall, they are just getting what they pay for? If they didn't have sex they wouldn't have gotten pregnant.


Quoting SandyLaxner:


 



 



Quoting FromAtoZ:



Those who wish to pass judgement on this woman for the heart wrenching decision made, without knowing these people or the actual medical facts in regards to the child, should be ashamed of themselves.



This person, every one,  who took her name, her informatino, the families information and every thing else.......to use in their quest to 'save lives'............will have a special place in Hell assigned to them.



Hell that's funny.



Have an abortion at 33wks pregnant,ya get what ya pay for.  Cannot sugarcoat this story!



 


so we have a high maternal death rate.  100% of aborted babies die.  We probably have a high ruptured appendix rate too. 
I don't get the high maternal death rate.  If you know u r pregnant,get  regular checkups,there are vitamins and ultrasounds and tests and monitoring for pre eclampsia etc.


 

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jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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Where is your proof he was negligent? Or that he did anything wrong?

Just because you don't like abortions, doesn't mean he did anything wrong.


Quoting SandyLaxner:

 




Quoting pansyprincess:


 Pro-aborts?  Are you for real??  That made me laugh outloud.  Honey, every single surgery inherantly has risks associated with them.  Do you feel like people should really think twice about getitng their gall bladder removed?  What surgery do you know that comes with 0% risk?  Um, none. 


And do you want to take away my choice to have safe access to an abortion?  Then that makes you anti-choice.  The opposite of which is pro-choice.  Which is what I am.  I don't give a crap which choice you make, and I will support them all.  But I'm not going to make it for you.


Quoting kstchr:


I did read through the whole article, and and I agree it wasn't right to publicize the poor woman's name and picture without her family's permission. However, people DO die from abortions, so that is enough to convince me that obviously they're not as safe as the "pro-aborts" would have us believe. Ask yourself WHY she died?? This kind of tragedy happens all too often, and I have to wonder if abortion truly was safe, why would the women ever die??  Why were those health problems she was experiencing allowed to go on for so long? I don't know if the clinic called an ambulance or if her family took her to the ER, that part wasn't clear, but she was there for 8-9 hours. I have to wonder why didn't they get medical care for her sooner?  I am not faulting the woman or her family, because it seems plausible that they wanted this baby enough to give her a name and sign up for a baby registry; therefore I'm assuming the baby wasn't viable. It just sounds to me like the abortionist and clinic were negligent by not getting emergency medical help for her sooner, yet the only uproar the the pro-aborts have is over a privacy issue?  Seems like they're trying to draw attention away from the real tragedy, that a woman DIED at the hands of an abortionist. 


By the way, I am PRO-LIFE; I am not "Anti-Choice."


The abortionist was negligent.  Did he even have admitting priveledges at a hospital.  Covering up a risky late term abortion,at the expense of the woman's life.  sad 


 




 

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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM
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Quoting AmberRose1122:

I'm just a little confused. They had a baby registry and then desired and abortion? And the. It mentions the "family they had chosen for their daughter". I just couldn't read it all, I'm too ADD, but I got far enough to read that!

Most of the late term abortions done by the doctor in the story and others like him are WANTED babies and abortion is only chosen after something has gone HORRIBLY WRONG with fetal development, the woman's health, or both.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM


Quoting TranquilMind:

 Found a few more facts.  Mother was young, gorgeous 29 year old.  Baby was 33 weeks, and already named Madison Leigh.

Why in God's name would anyone abort a 33 week baby?  If it were already dead, it isn't an abortion.  It is simply the removal of a baby who has died, and close to birth, it's a stillbirth.    A commenter on one site mentioned that the baby had a larger head measurement than regular and "may" have had something wrong with it, but it sure sounds like the baby was alive.    Looking for confirmation of that. 

The mother bled to death. 


Quoting mehamil1:

I agree with you on the bias. Either side of anything, I cannot stand exaggeration, mock outrage, over use of exclamation points, needless adjectives used only to get an emotional response, and not backing up claims/use faulty facts/spin facts. I could not read this past the third paragraph. 

However, the vast majority of late term abortions are done on non viable fetus's. That is a fact. Too many are already dead in utero and the abortion is really a removal of the dead fetus to keep the mother from becoming septic. 

What happened here was a tragedy yes. However, what Jill Stanek is doing is really not the right thing. I also took issue with the pro choice crowd running and screaming far and wide with the Indian woman who died in Ireland because she was denied an abortion to complete a miscarriage. 

What I take away is that even with 21st century medicine and advanced technology and being in a first world nation, there is still a risk with pregnancy. 

Quoting TranquilMind:

Too biased to slog through all that to find the real facts.

Any time "anti-choice" is used, you know what's coming.  Twisted garbage. 

The correlation to "anti-choice" is "pro-death". 

What is clear is that both a young Mom and a (likely viable) baby died, when Mom was getting a " LATE term abortion."  Two deaths that never had to happen.

It's very telling that all the blogger wants to do is rant on and on about HOW the information was discovered, rather than lament the horrendous tragedy that two people were killed, rather than just one. 



It could have been a case of severe hydrocephalus which may have been incompatible with life.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM
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Quoting DivingDiva:



Quoting TranquilMind:

 Found a few more facts.  Mother was young, gorgeous 29 year old.  Baby was 33 weeks, and already named Madison Leigh.

Why in God's name would anyone abort a 33 week baby?  If it were already dead, it isn't an abortion.  It is simply the removal of a baby who has died, and close to birth, it's a stillbirth.    A commenter on one site mentioned that the baby had a larger head measurement than regular and "may" have had something wrong with it, but it sure sounds like the baby was alive.    Looking for confirmation of that. 

The mother bled to death. 


Quoting mehamil1:

I agree with you on the bias. Either side of anything, I cannot stand exaggeration, mock outrage, over use of exclamation points, needless adjectives used only to get an emotional response, and not backing up claims/use faulty facts/spin facts. I could not read this past the third paragraph. 

However, the vast majority of late term abortions are done on non viable fetus's. That is a fact. Too many are already dead in utero and the abortion is really a removal of the dead fetus to keep the mother from becoming septic. 

What happened here was a tragedy yes. However, what Jill Stanek is doing is really not the right thing. I also took issue with the pro choice crowd running and screaming far and wide with the Indian woman who died in Ireland because she was denied an abortion to complete a miscarriage. 

What I take away is that even with 21st century medicine and advanced technology and being in a first world nation, there is still a risk with pregnancy. 

Quoting TranquilMind:

Too biased to slog through all that to find the real facts.

Any time "anti-choice" is used, you know what's coming.  Twisted garbage. 

The correlation to "anti-choice" is "pro-death". 

What is clear is that both a young Mom and a (likely viable) baby died, when Mom was getting a " LATE term abortion."  Two deaths that never had to happen.

It's very telling that all the blogger wants to do is rant on and on about HOW the information was discovered, rather than lament the horrendous tragedy that two people were killed, rather than just one. 



This woman lived pretty close to where I do so this was local news for me.  She didn't just decide to abort after 33 weeks gestation on a whim.  There were fetal abnormalities discovered - the paper doesn't say what kind specifically.  Given that this was a very wanted pregnancy and the abortion procedure at this stage of pregnancy is a multi-day, brutal, painful, scary ordeal, I would venture to say it was something severe. 

Shame on anyone who judges this woman for her choice or expoits this information for publicity. 


Exactly.

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