Archive for Wednesday, August 2, 2006

No indictment for death of patient after abortion

August 2, 2006


— A Sedgwick County grand jury found no criminal conduct in the death of a mentally retarded woman who suffered a massive infection after a late-term abortion.

Dist. Atty. Nola Foulston said Monday that the grand jury was dismissed without returning an indictment in the death of 19-year-old Christin Gilbert, a Texas woman with Down syndrome.

An autopsy report showed Gilbert died in January 2005 of complications from an abortion at Women's Health Care Services.

The grand jury had heard testimony since May, after anti-abortion advocates presented a petition with more than 7,700 signatures to the clerk of Sedgwick County District Court calling for a grand jury investigation.

Abortion opponents contended Gilbert did not have the mental capacity to consent to sex or an abortion. They also wanted Dr. George Tiller, who owns Women's Health Care Services, charged with offenses such as involuntary manslaughter, mistreatment of a dependent adult and failure to report abuse of a child.

Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who specializes in late-term abortions, was cleared in December of any wrongdoing by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. But anti-abortion advocates were able to take advantage of a 1970 state law that allows the public to petition for a grand jury.

Gilbert was 28 weeks pregnant when she was brought to Wichita from Texas for a late-term abortion at Tiller's clinic. She died three days later from a fungal infection that caused her internal organs to fail.


meggers 11 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps if Texas had more sensible abortion laws, the procedure could have been performed sooner, with fewer risks of complications. With that said, ANY surgical procedure bears a risk of complications that could potentially result in the death of the patient. This is truly a tragic case, but it wouldn't be headline news if the patient had developed an infection from gall bladder surgery or an appendectomy.

Hopefully, allowing Plan B to be sold over-the-counter will significantly reduce the need for women to seek abortions, as that is not the preferred option for any woman. Let's just hope it's priced so that lower income women can afford it.

prioress 11 years, 8 months ago

If men got pregnant, we wouldn't be reading these types of articles; what a tragedy all around.

badger 11 years, 8 months ago

Parkay -

Plan B is up for FDA approval without a prescription. I hope it passes.

If, as you say, it's 'only used by pedophiles' covering up their abuses, how are these men getting the prescriptions filled? Are you suggesting the drug is being prescribed to men or prescribed to minors in the absence of a medical examination? Please, if you have evidence of that, it's prescription fraud and the doctors doing that should certainly be stopped. Personally, I think you're either repeating something you've been told without thinking it through, or making stuff up.

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