Archive for June 8th, 2010

Women in the United Kingdom are electing to have abortions after undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other artificial treatments for procreation.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the government body that regulates artificial reproduction practices, has released data revealing that England, Wales, and Scotland average about 80 IVF abortions each year, and half of them are performed on women between 18 and 34, the healthiest age group and the least likely to have babies with birth defects.

“It is a matter that needs to be looked at. The HFEA should be more open with the data they have. “Mohamed Taranissi, an IVF doctor whose clinic has the highest success rate in Britain

Many of the women change their minds about becoming a mother for social reasons such as relationship breakdowns, motherhood fears, and pressure to start a family.

“I had no idea there were so many post-IVF abortions — and each one is a tragedy. These women can’t be surprised to be pregnant. You can’t have an IVF pregnancy by accident.”Professor Bill Ledger, a leading fertility doctor and Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority member

UK’s tax-funded system of socialized medicine, the National Health Service (NHS), paid for some women’s IVF treatment, while other women paid thousands of dollars to private clinics.

Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe said women who have had IVF abortions for non-medical reasons were treating their babies like “designer goods.” But the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service disagrees:

“Sometimes it is only when women get pregnant that they can allow themselves to ask the question about whether it is what they really want or not.”Ann Furedi

Flippancy thy name is Furedi.  

For more on the story about women having abortions after undergoing IVF treatment, see Scandal of aborted IVF babies By Lois Rogers, Dozens of IVF babies aborted ‘after women change their minds about becoming a mother’ By Daily Mail Reporter, and 80 British IVF Babies Aborted per Year By Hilary White.

I.M. Kane

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Caitlin Bruce, who changed her mind about killing her unborn child while on the abortion table, is suing Dr. Abraham Hodari claiming he carried out the abortion after she had pleaded with him to stop.

“This is a question about choice. Who makes the decision here? He told her she could back out any time. Who does he think he is?”—Tom Pabst, Bruce’s attorney

Bruce claims she begged Hodari to stop as soon as she felt him insert the speculum, but his assistants pinned her to the table while he covered her mouth to muffle her screams and brutally performed the abortion.

“He had a real tight grip over my mouth, but I was screaming .. and trying to pull my legs together.” —Caitlin Bruce

Hodari’s attorney said that the abortion doctor had to continue with the procedure because the dilator had been already inserted and the was pregnancy doomed by the time Bruce said to stop.

I.M. Kane


Michigan Woman Sues, Claims Doctor Forced Abortion After She Said Stop

By Sarah Netter

Caitlin Bruce Claims She Said No; Dr. Abraham Hodari Says it Was Too Late

A young Michigan woman who changed her mind about having an abortion while on the doctor’s table has accused her doctor of terminating her pregnancy even after she pleaded with him to stop.

A lawsuit filed by 20-year-old Caitlin Bruce against Dr. Abraham Hodari is now winding its way through the Genesee County court system, but the case has raised questions about when an abortion can be stopped.

Bruce said she walked into Hodari’s Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint, Mich., in April 2008, intending to have an abortion. She claims in an interview with ABCNews.com she changed her mind, but was pinned down, her mouth covered to muffle her screams, while Hodari forcibly terminated her pregnancy.

“This is a question about choice. Who makes the decision here? He told her she could back out any time,” Bruce’s attorney Tom Pabst said. “Who does he think he is?”

Hodari’s lawyer called the lawsuit “baseless” and said Bruce changed her mind too late and that the doctor had no choice but to finish what he started.

“He did nothing improper,” Hodari’s attorney Steve Weiss said.

In 2008, Bruce was 18, pregnant by her much-older boyfriend, and unemployed. She had dropped out of high school in 11th grade and was just starting to build a life for herself. Her father, she said, had convinced her that the best thing for her would be to terminate the pregnancy.

“He just thought I was too young and I hadn’t finished school,” Bruce said. “And how was I going to support the baby?”

Bruce said she’d had doubts about the abortion from the beginning, describing her emotions after finding out about the pregnancy as excited and nervous at the same time.

“I was really confused, asking everybody else what I should do. Everybody told me, ‘You were too young,'” she said. “What I really wanted to hear was, ‘We’ll help you out.'”

In the end, she walked into the clinic. When a technician performed a sonogram and handed Bruce the picture of her 6-week-old fetus — even though she had specifically filled out paper work saying she didn’t want to see the ultrasound or any pictures — she began to seriously question her decision.

“I sat in the room for like five minutes and cried,” she said.

What happened next is in dispute.

Michigan Woman Describes Horrific Abortion; Doctor Says He’s Justified

Bruce said she was put into an examination room and told Hodari she was nervous.

“He was just teling [sic] me you’ll be okay,” she said. “It’ll be fine. It’s a quick procedure. It’ll just feel like a cramp in your stomach.”

Bruce said she begged Hodari to stop as soon as she felt him insert the speculum to start the procedure and despite her objections, brutally forced the abortion on her while his assistants pinned her to the table.

“He had a real tight grip over my mouth, but I was screaming .. and trying to pull my legs together,” she said.

Bruce said Hodari, who she described as “very irate,” seemed to give up at one point, telling her she could go home. As she began to relax, she said, he suddenly and painfully finished terminating the pregnancy.

“And that’s when I felt the worst pain in my stomach,” she said. “It really felt like he was ripping everything in me out, that’s how painful it was.”

Bruce said Hodari never spoke another word to her afterward and that she simply laid [sic] in the room by herself, terrified.

But Weiss told ABCNews.com a different version of the abortion. He said that by the time Bruce changed her mind, the procedure was already at the point where the pregnancy was doomed. He had broken her water and Bruce was bleeding.

“By the time she said stop, Dr. Hodari had already placed the dilator into her uterus,” Weiss said. “By that time the pregnancy had been terminated. He had to continue the abortion.”

Though Hodari did remove the dilator at Bruce’s request, Weiss said, her health would have been in jeopardy if he didn’t finish.

Weiss pointed to Bruce’s own expert witness who Weiss claimed agreed that the doctor should have finished the abortion once the pregnancy was no longer viable.

“From that point on her own expert witness has said Dr. Hodari acted within reason,” he said.

But Pabst argued that “we weren’t at that point” in the procedure.

“The water wasn’t broken,” the lawyer said. “She hadn’t felt the pain her in belly.”

Vicki Saporta, president of the Washington, D.C.-based National Abortion Federation, a professional association of abortion providers, said a patient in any medical setting should always have the right to say no.

“In any medical procedure whether it’s an abortion or another procedure, if a patient says stop, a patient’s wishes need to be respected,” Saporta said. “But the patient needs to be informed about the risks of stopping the procedure.”

She declined to comment specifically on Bruce’s case, but said that if a woman’s requests to stop an abortion at any point, she should be informed about that decision and given a medical consent form to sign and an emergency contact.

Depression, Suicide Attempt Lead to New Beginning

Bruce said she left Hodari’s office in a daze. She said she returned to him not long after for a check up, not knowing where else to go and afraid she would never have children again.

Several weeks after the procedure, sunken into a deep depression, Bruce said she was in her car at the top of a hill, prepared to kill herself by speeding into a building at the bottom.

It was her mother’s phone call that saved her life, she says. Once in therapy, she said, “My therapist had to convince me this wasn’t my fault what happened. It was his fault because I told him to stop.”

Shortly after that, Bruce was surprised to be pregnant again. She gave birth last year to a baby girl, who she is raising with her boyfriend.

“I still have my bad days,” she said. “My therapist taught me how to work through them because I have to take care of my daughter. I can’t have her be the victim of my depression.”

Bruce said that while she still believes in a woman’s right to have an abortion, she wishes more women would consider their options more carefully that she did.

“If you want to have an abortion that’s your choice,” she said. “A lot of women think if it as an easy out, but it’s not.”

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Once again the Reuters “news” agency is under fire for distributing doctored photos. This time the agency’s consciousness-raising photo “journalists” decided to hide the knife in the hand of a “peace” activist and the blood stains and wounds on an Israeli naval commando who had boarded the Mavi Marmara ship during the deadly clash last week.  

In 2006, the “news” agency had photoshopped pictures of the Israeli bombing of Beirut and of fighter jets firing missiles during the Second Lebanon War.

I.M. Kane

Photo of an IDF soldier being attacked by passengers on the Mavi Marmara ship, with the knife and blood stains cropped out. Reuters



The same photo of an IDF soldier being attacked by passengers on the Mavi Marmara ship, with the knife and blood stains restored. Reuters




Reuters under fire for removing weapons, blood from images of Gaza flotilla

By Natasha Mozgovaya

News agency rejects charges of biased coverage, says it reverted to use of ‘original set’ of images once cropping discovered.

The Reuters news agency has been accused of removing images of activists wielding weapons and bloodied and wounded Israeli naval commandos from photographs taken on board a ship headed for Gaza during deadly clashes last week.

Nine people were killed and dozens others, among them Israel Defense Forces soldiers, were hurt when the clashes erupted as IDF troops tried to board the Mavi Marmara ship in order to prevent it reaching its destination in Gaza.

The ship was one of six vessels that made up the “Freedom Flotilla,” a convoy carrying aid that set out from Turkey in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip. Five of the boats in the convoy were boarded by IDF troops without incident, while passengers on the sixth fought the troops as they came onboard. All six boats were towed by the Israel Navy to the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

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