SOUTHWEST KANSAS REGISTER
June 24, 2001
Time to take a harder look at the abortion industry
In its June 1 edition, The Wall Street Journal published
stories and photos of a teenager who died as a result of a botched abortion
and another girl who has been in a coma for eight years since she had an
abortion the day after her 18th birthday.
The two young women were beautiful - one Hispanic, one Anglo - both in the
bloom of youth with their whole lives stretching before them like a long letter
they had yet to write.
"My daughter, Maria, was only 18 years-old when she reluctantly decided to
have an abortion at a prestigious women's hospital," wrote her mother, Deborah
Cardamone, in the full-page advertisement sponsored by Priests for Life.
"Originally, she had planned to put her baby up for adoption, but a
medical-social worker at the hospital pressured Maria to have an abortion,
because allegedly Maria had damaged her baby because of anti-depressant
medication she had taken."
Maria's abortion began at the hospital at 1 p.m., but by 11 p.m., the
abortion still had not been completed.
"I wanted to stay with Maria, but she insisted that I go home because it was
getting so late," her mother lamented. "I kissed her good-night, saying 'I love
you ...see you in the morning.' That was the last time I saw her alive."
Eventually, Cardamone learned that her daughter died from a botched abortion
that caused her body to be invaded by a fast-acting blood infection called
"septicemia," which killed her within 24 hours. "We also learned that the
hospital social worker never saw Maria's sonogram or discussed the results with
her concerning her baby's condition, which would have changed everything,"
The sonogram report read, "No abnormalities detected." Had Maria been told
this, her mother said she never would have had the abortion.
Christi Stile went into full cardiac and respiratory arrest and slipped into
a coma after she began hemorrhaging during her abortion. "Today, eight years
later, my daughter, Christi, is still in a coma," wrote her mother, Kay. "She is
in a permanent vegetative state."
Father Frank Pavone of the Archdiocese of New York, who serves as national
director of Priests for Life and a columnist of the Southwest Kansas
Register, commented: "All over the United States, women have been severely
hurt - physically, psychologically and emotionally - and many have died from
so-called 'safe and legal' abortion."
Abortion is one of the most unregulated surgical procedures in the nation and
the most frequently performed surgery. It is time, as Priests for Life insist,
to call an end to this violence toward women and their babies.
It is time for a full investigation of the abortion industry.