PP Politically motivated exaggeration in Nairobi
Botched abortion in England
Dutch doctors balk at euthanasia requirements
Japanese euthanasia case

Politically motivated exaggeration

NAIROBI – The International Planned Parenthood Federation told participants at its conference in Kenya, which included the health ministers of Ghana, Mozambique and Namibia, that liberalizing abortion laws in African countries could prevent as many as 30,000 maternal deaths. Campaign Life Coalition’s international affairs officer, Sam Singson, told The Interim that exaggerating the number of illegal abortions and related deaths is a common practice of abortion advocates with similar claims recently being made in the Philippines and Latin America.

Botched abortion

BIRMINGHAM, England – An English gynecologist who mutilated a woman during an attempted abortion at a private abortuary, is facing the the General Medical Council’s ethics review board. During the abortion of a 20-week-old baby, Dr. Andrew Gbinigie ruptured the woman’s womb, pulled out a fallopian tube and an ovary, and only realized how wrong the procedure went when he pulled out a piece of her bowel. The Birmingham Post reported that when the woman’s abdomen was opened in hospital, the “cavity was full of blood and floating on top was a 20-week-old fetus, largely intact apart from a missing arm and a missing leg.” The council found that the doctor was guilty of serious professional misconduct. Yet, it still allowed him to continue committing abortions.

Doctors balk at requirements

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch television show Reporter reported that doctors in the Netherlands are committing euthanasia illegally because of their refusal to abide by reporting requirements. A survey of 355 lung specialists found that many doctors are finding the legal requirement to report euthanasia cases burdensome and time-consuming. Many doctors euthanize patients by administering lethal doses of morphine under the pretext of pain management and do not report it as a doctor-assisted suicide.

Japanese euthanasia case

YOKOHAMA – The Mainichi Daily News reported that Dr. Setsuko Suda pleaded not guilty to the 1998 murder of her comatose patient. Suda administered a lethal dose of muscle relaxant to an asthma patient who was left with brain damage after he had stopped breathing.Suda’s lawyer explained that her client “removed the tube at the request of the patient’s family. She administered muscle relaxant in a bid to help the patient die from natural causes, and had no murderous intent.” The Yokohama district public prosecutor’s office indicted Suda because it believed she knew her actions would lead to the patient’s death and it alleged that the motive behind the “mercy killing” was to “remove the financial burden the patient’s family would be required to bear to care for him.”