It would not be inaccurate to term surgical induced abortion as 'Surgical Thalidomide'
- BRENT ROONEY -
The 28 January 1988 Morgentaler Supreme Court decision (Canada) and the 22 January 1973 'Roe v Wade' U.S. Supreme Court decision share one thing in common that you have never heard before. Neither decision references any animal studies validating abortion safety. Thus:
Thousands of Black U.S. Women 'Guinea Pigs' for Experimental Surgery
- 'Surgical Thalidomide' -
by Brent Rooney, Gabrielle Whiting
'Suction' abortion (VAA, Vacuum Aspiration Abortion) performed on Black
American women and Hispanic-American is EXPERIMENTAL UNPROVEN
surgery, since there are zero published animal studies demonstrating safety
from risks of future premature births, mammary ('breast') cancer, etc. On 16
January 2008 Dr. Sharon Camp, President of the research arm of Planned
Parenthood (AGI, Alan Guttmacher Institute) admitted in an email to me that
AGI could find no published animal 'suction' abortion study. It is an ethical
scandal that 'suction' abortions were performed on humans before safety
validation via published animal studies. On 3 December 2007 in response to my
e-mail, Dr. Sharon Camp informed me that she had instructed AGI staff to look for
references to animal 'suction' abortion studies. On 16 January 2008 Dr.
Sharon Camp in an e-mail 'threw in the towel', having provided zero animal
'suction' abortion references. (Dr Sharon Camp's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org )
In 2004 Black American Women had 38.2% of all U.S. abortions, according
to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) data. Since Black Women only represent
about 13% of the U.S. female population, 38.2% means that Black American
Women had 4.1 times the IA (Induced Abortion) rate as the non-black U.S.
population in 2004. According to a 2007 study of Missouri women, Blacks have
3.7 times the risk of extremely preterm birth (under 28.0 weeks' gestation). Such
'tiny tots' have 38 times the Cerebral Palsy risk as the general population of
newborn (according to a 1991 'study of studies' by Dr. G. Escobar et al.)
The Polish 'anti-experiment'
When Poland passed extreme restrictions to IA access into law in 1989,
government officials did not know that they were conducting an 'anti-experiment'.
Opponents to the new law predicted dire results for women's health. Between
1989 and 1993 Poland's IA rate per 1000 births plummeted by 98%. Between
1995 and 1997 dramatic trends occurred (according to United Nations data):
41.8% plunge in Poland's preterm birth rate
41.4% drop in Poland's maternal mortality rate
25.0% decline in infant mortality
This Polish 'miracle' was documented in the Winter issue of the Journal of American
Physicians and Surgeons via the Rooney/Johnston letter; URL:
Legal abortion yields cerebral palsy for Kristy Bruce
The elevated risk of cerebral palsy attributable to induced abortion applies to all newborn, not just to those born prematurely.
The Bruce v. Kaye case was heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and decided in April 2004. 1 Dr Alan Kaye was found not guilty of causing cerebral palsy in Kristy Bruce who was born with this condition. 2 Kristy cannot walk or talk. She is wheelchair-bound, but has a beautiful smile.
Kristy had sued her mother's obstetrician, Dr Kaye, on the basis that he had allowed the pregnancy to go on beyond term. Kristy's mother had a catastrophic hemorrhage late at night. Dr Kaye, whose skill was found to have saved both mother and baby, got to the hospital within 15 minutes.
Justice Michael Grove found that it was unlikely that the cerebral palsy was caused by Dr Kaye's obstetric care, but that the mother's uterus had ruptured, depriving Kristy of oxygen, due to a previous induced abortion her mother had had, of which she had not told the obstetrician.
A 1980 animal study of abortion
Drs. Irma and Jose Russo reported that rats with abortions (not via 'suction' but via hysterectomy (uterus removal)with the rat 'pups' within) had 14 times the rate of mammary (human equivalent of breast) cancer tumors. Both the rats with the hysterectomy abortions and births were fed a cancer inducing chemical (DMBA). The fact that the rats who delivered newborn had a very low tumor rate implies that term deliveries decrease a female rats mammary cancer risk. One can speculate that if this study had been reported in 1960, not 1980, abortion may never have been legalized in the U.S., Britain, Canada, and Australia.
Animal testing involving primates (monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, gorillas) have the most relevance to human beings. Thalidomide, a drug for 'morning sickness' for pregnant women, was tested on mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats and dogs in the 1950s. No matter how high the dose of 'T' (Thalidomide), none of the test animals died. Professor Trent Stephens (book: Dark Remedy) estimates that Thalidomide caused 8,000-12,000 badly deformed newborn for pregnant women who took it in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was only some years later that 'T' was tested on primate animals according to Trent Stephens.
'Surgical Thalidomide' (abortion) = 50 Times Thalidomide damage
In October 2007 the 'Calhoun' study (Journal of Reproductive Medicine) estimated that in 2002 prior abortions caused 1,096 excess cases of CP (Cerebral Palsy) in U.S. newborns (whose birth weight was under 3 pounds 5 ounces). Dr. Elizabeth and I were co-authors of the October 2007 'Calhoun' study; URL ('Calhoun' abstract): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17977168?dopt=Abstract If newborn with birth weight over 3 lbs. 5 ozs. are included, my estimate is 2,209 excess U.S. Cerebral Palsy cases in 2002 due to prior induced abortion. However, 2002 is just ONE year and our computation was for just one country (USA). Bottom Line: the number of badly birth defected newborn worldwide due to prior induced abortions is easily 50 times Professor Stephen's high Thalidomide estimate of 12,000.
1. Bruce v. Kaye 2004 NSWSC 277 (8 April 2004).
2. Summary available at URL: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/nsw/supreme_ct/2004/277.html [Accessed 31 October 2007].
Brent Rooney is a Canadian researcher and statistician.
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