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The forgotten victims of Planned Parenthood

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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 21, 2007 09:52 PM

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Not everyone gets to walked out of the clinic with the “I had an abortion” t-shirt and a smile on her face. The San Jose Mercury News reports today that the mother of a young woman who died at a Riverside, Calif., Planned Parenthood clinic has sued the abortion provider blaming malpractice for her daughter’s toxic shock syndrome death:

Aletheia Meloncon filed the Superior Court lawsuit this week, claiming her daughter Edrica Goode, 21, died Feb. 14 because cervical dilators used in advance of second-trimester abortions were left in too long.

Goode allegedly went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Riverside for an abortion on Jan. 31 and a nurse inserted the dilators, which are usually left in overnight before an abortion.

The suit said Goode, who didn’t return to the clinic to have the dilators removed, had an infection and the dilators became a conduit, spreading it throughout her body.

“My daughter made a choice, but she didn’t choose to die,” Meloncon said. “A lost dog gets more attention than my daughter did. This has really torn at my family.”

She is not alone:

Vince Hall, director of communications for Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside counties, refused to comment on the lawsuit to the Times and claimed that the “health and safety of our patients is our highest priority.”

However, Goode is the third woman to die at Planned Parenthood abortion centers in the last four years.

The first was Holly Patterson, an 18 year-old from Livermore who died after she received a lethal bacterial infection after using the abortion drug she obtained at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. Diana Lopez, a 25-year-old Huntington Park woman, bled to death after an abortion she had punctured her cervix.

Will the predators of Planned Parenthood get away with it again? Not if Aletheia Meloncon can help it.

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