Mainstream media fairly investigates accusation of forced abortion

NBC TV 25 in Flint, MI, ran a remarkable 2-part, back-to-back exposé on May 24 fairly detailing the merits of a lawsuit filed against late-term abortionist Alberto Hodari by former patient Caitlin Bruce, a story we've been following for some time.

In Part I, note how the story opens with an interesting turn on words, that Hodari "violated [Bruce's] right to choice" - by forcibly aborting her. Also note, as Citizen for a Pro-Life Society's Monica Miller wrote in an email, "The child is never called a "fetus"!

NBC's written account of that story includes Bruce's charges against Hodari...

Count I - Lack of informed consent/Medical Malpractice
Count II - Battery
Count III - Misrepresentation/Fraud
Count IV - Innocent Misrepresentation
Count V - Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Count VI - Ethnic/Gender Intimidation
Count VII - Violating the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act

I wouldn't put it past Hodari to have gone to Italy to escape justice, although sometimes he makes the stupidest comments I wonder about his cognitive abilities.

hodari large.jpgFor example, in this next news clip Hodari tries to claim his now infamous "license to lie" quip made during his 2007 Wayne State University speech was only about life or death situations: "Never tell a patient, especially a woman, you're going to die. And in that respect, yes, we lie," he told the reporter.

So many things wrong with that, where to start?

First, the sexism: "especially a woman"? Excuse me? And that coming from an ob/gyn? 2nd, just how much experience does Hodari have treating dying patients? 3rd, as a matter of fact, medical professionals are typically not supposed to lie to dying patients about their status, particularly if they are asking.

4th, the original context of Hodari's "license to lie" statement indicates it had nothing to do with dying patients: "My wife says we doctors have a license to lie [audience laughs], and it's true, it's absolutely true. Sometimes you need to lie to a patient about things they want to do or no, much less now than in the past." Ironically, Hodari lied to the reporter about a comment he made about lying.

I want to close this post with excerpts from an email I received 2 days ago:

I had an abortion in -- of --. It was the worst thing that I have ever done. I went to Dr. Hodari's clinic near --. I did not understand the amount of pain that I would experience with this procedure, not only physical pain, but emotional as well.

When the procedure was about to begin the speculum was inserted and vacuum was turned on, I said I want to stop, I started yelling and crying. The "vacuum" was inserted, I was told to stop yelling and I needed to be quiet because I was scaring the other patients. I was told there is no stopping, it has to be finished, it's dangerous to stop. Two other women (staff) came in and held me down to finish.

For months after the procedure I cried almost every night, telling my unborn baby I was sorry. I felt like this clinic wanted my money and pushed the clients through. They don't have any true consultation....

It wasn't until the procedure was beginning that I realized the action/mistake that was about to take place. This is when I changed my mind. I am not against abortions, but it really struck my heart seeing this poor women on the television going through the same experience that I had, I know her pain and I feel for her....

It was the worst, most traumatic experience I have ever been through....

[HT: reader Denise; Monica]


Comments:

I'll have to check my files for other examples of similar stories of other women and other abortionists. And I gotta let those news people know about Hodari's NAF affiliation and the dead patients, since they're not covering that.

Posted by: Christina at May 26, 2010 5:56 AM


Silent No More Minnesota produced a short video called , "Valerie", a creative video inspired by the voice of a woman wounded by abortion. You can view it at YouTube. Do a search for silentnomoremn valerie.

It is very powerful testimony of someone changing her mind and doctor doing the abortion anyways.

I invite all of you to check it out.

Posted by: ann marie at May 26, 2010 7:57 AM


I don't quite understand that.
"It was the worst, most traumatic experience I have ever been through...."

Yet she STILL says she's not against abortion?

I just don't understand her 'logic'.

Posted by: Pamela at May 26, 2010 10:02 AM


In Caitlin's case, she saw the ultrasound! More evidence of how effective they are.

Posted by: Lori Pieper at May 26, 2010 10:52 AM


Pamela, I don't understand that either. The only thing I can think of is that it takes time for some women to come to a completely pro-life position. My employee that had an abortion and then later kept her second child (after seriously contemplating and scheduling a second abortion) brought the infant to see me when she was a month or so old. This woman's face glowed as she cooed at her daughter and told me how much she loved being a mommy. Then her face darkened as she said she would NEVER have another abortion no matter what then quickly added "but I still think other women should have that choice."

To this day she still maintains she is "pro-choice" but yet almost spits with anger and hurt when she discusses what abortion did to her. And what abortion almost stole from her the second time!

Posted by: Sydney M. at May 26, 2010 12:18 PM


Pamela and Sydney M.,

Some people don't have an "empathetic gene". They can look at their own experience and deem it "good" or "bad", but won't go so far as to discuss the potential effects of similar behavior with another person. I find this happens all the time.

Posted by: Janet at May 26, 2010 12:40 PM


wow wow wow wow WOW. I seriously can't believe that a mainstream media outlet ran a fair view of this story.

It would've been even better had they pointed out that he's a member of the NAF and hailed as a "hero" from the Pro-Abortion side.

Posted by: Kristi at May 26, 2010 12:57 PM


I know it is hard to understand. I really do.

Please pray for the woman that wrote the email. Abortion recovery is needed and she can find hope and healing. She is why I do what I do. :)

Posted by: carla Author Profile Page at May 26, 2010 2:10 PM


Sydney, I had almost exactly the same experience. I worked at Birthright, and a woman came in for one of our free pregnancy tests. She said she had previously had an abortion at Planned Parenthood and talked quite a lot about how cold and heartless they had been in pushing abortion on her. She said she was definitely going to have this baby, and would not have another abortion. "But," she said, "other women should be able to have this choice if they want."

?????

That was some years ago. To this day, I have not been able to figure out her statement. Other women should be coerced and lied to? Other women should have to suffer? It's not OK for me to be pushed into killing my baby, but it's OK for other women to have it done to them? Why?

I even came close to wondering if we women really are the stupider sex. Because otherwise how could we have stood for this for so long?

Don't worry, I don't think we women are really stupid. :) But I still don't know why some women think this is acceptable.

Posted by: Lori Pieper at May 26, 2010 4:08 PM


After having an abortion it is really hard to believe you can ever be pro-life for fear of being a hypocrite...however after a lot of healing most of us do become FULL FLEDGE PROLIFE!!! Because we have been forgiven, healed and set free.

It is through healing we can stand up completely unashamed of what others may think about us. It is through the Grace of God and His strength that we can speak out.

Silent No More Minnesota has a new billboard going up in Minnesota starting July 1st. It says, Abortion Hurts There is Hope and Healing Call 612-253-5102 sponsered by SilentNoMoreMinnesota.org

I am looking forward to whatever phone calls we get from it. Pray for this endeavor.

Posted by: ann marie at May 26, 2010 4:44 PM


Funny how the noble abortion advocates disappear when one of their heroes is AGAIN up on charges. Not one comment of support for dear old Hodari from team kill 'em all. They go quiet when you mention the many charges Tiller the Killer faced during his career, too. Like rats deserting the sinking ship. Caring for women? Riiiiiiiiiight.

Posted by: Jill Guidry at May 26, 2010 7:42 PM


Predicted proabort rhetoric: but prochoice is against forced abortion! Anyone ever see any hard evidence to back that statement up? No? Me neither. Will proaborts start a fund to help this woman with legal costs? Have they ever done anything for women who are abused or killed by abortionists? No? There's your 'proof,' poorchoice.

Posted by: Jill Guidry at May 26, 2010 8:15 PM


Oh Hadari has a sordid record:

Abortion practitioner Alberto Hodari was fined $10,000 in 2009, by a state board in connection with a woman's botched abortion death (source). Also Hodari was implicated in the death of Tamia Russell, a 15 years old girl who died in January of 2004, after an abortion at over 26 weeks gestation. The abortion was arrainged by her boyfriend's sister and paid for by her 24 yrs old boyfriend, who paid Hodari $2,000 in cash. Tamia died from complications of the abortion less than 24 hours after the procedure at Hodari's Womancare clinic of Southfield/Lathrup Village (source). More recently, a lawsuit filed January 28, 2010, is accusing Hodari of assault and battery for committing a intrauterine abortion on a woman who was actually carrying an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Hodari and the clinic failed to inform the woman of the ectopic pregnancy and to properly treat the ectopic pregnancy, instead preforming an unncessary intrauterine abortion (source). Hodari and/or his Womancare clinic have a number of lawsuits against them: http://www.voicesforwomen.org/Hodari.html. All cases can be accessed by visiting the county’s circuit court office (from which the case was filed), just present the case number. Current Oakland County files may be sent to a personal e-mail address for a charge of $1 per a page at:
www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/courtexplorer/index.html.

Posted by: Rachael C. at May 26, 2010 8:50 PM


Oh Hodari has a sordid record:
Abortion practitioner Alberto Hodari was fined $10,000 in 2009, by a state board in connection with a woman's botched abortion death (source). Also Hodari was implicated in the death of Tamia Russell, a 15 years old girl who died in January of 2004, after an abortion at over 26 weeks gestation. The abortion was arrainged by her boyfriend's sister and paid for by her 24 yrs old boyfriend, who paid Hodari $2,000 in cash. Tamia died from complications of the abortion less than 24 hours after the procedure at Hodari's Womancare clinic of Southfield/Lathrup Village (source). More recently, a lawsuit filed January 28, 2010, is accusing Hodari of assault and battery for committing a intrauterine abortion on a woman who was actually carrying an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Hodari and the clinic failed to inform the woman of the ectopic pregnancy and to properly treat the ectopic pregnancy, instead preforming an unncessary intrauterine abortion (source). Hodari and/or his Womancare clinic have a number of lawsuits against them: http://www.voicesforwomen.org/Hodari.html. All cases can be accessed by visiting the county’s circuit court office (from which the case was filed), just present the case number. Current Oakland County files may be sent to a personal e-mail address for a charge of $1 per a page at:
www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/courtexplorer/index.html.

Posted by: Rachael C. at May 26, 2010 8:50 PM



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