Culture of Life: Death Be Not Proud

Gerri Santoro was the mother of two daughters, and recently estranged from her abusive husband. For whatever reason, Gerri met another man, Clyde Dixon, and (gasp!) had sex with him. She became pregnant. Fearful of what her husband would do to her if he returned to town and learned she was pregnant by another man, Gerry and Clyde decided that they had to terminate the pregnancy. By any means necessary. Of course, they couldn’t afford to pay off some doctor in a nice hospital to do a purported D&C, as rich women could back then. Or hop on a plane and go to Mexico. Apparently, they couldn’t afford even a back-alley abortionist (what–abortion being illegal didn’t stop people from performing abortions???). No, these people were so poor, and so desperate, that they decided to do what far too many people in like circumstances saw as the only way. They decided to perform the abortion themselves. And they agonized over this decision so long, that Gerri was 6 1/2 months pregnant when they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Dixon acquired a medical book and equipment. They got a motel room, and he attempted to operate on her there. As expected, everything went completely wrong. Very quickly. Realizing he had made a mistake, realizing what could happen to him if he were there when Gerri died, Dixon fled the scene. She tried to stop the hemorraghing, but nothing worked.

Gerri Santoro

Here is how Gerri Santoro’s life ended.

This is a culture of life.

HT: The Heretik


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9 comments for “Culture of Life: Death Be Not Proud

  1. erin
    March 21, 2005 at 12:31 pm

    How the hell could these people be so stupid as to try to do an abortion in a motel room by themselves when shes 6 1/2 months pregnant. I hope this will serve as a lesson to other idiots who might attempt something like that. Just suck it up you cheated got pregnant now face the music and live with it. Don’t butcher yourselves in a sleazy motel room.

  2. March 21, 2005 at 12:37 pm

    Well, Erin, that’s what used to happen on a fairly regular basis before abortion rights were legalized. It’s called desperation. And it isn’t pretty, is it?

    Should Republicans attempt to futher reverse Roe V. Wade, this is the culture of life we can all look forward to.

  3. March 21, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    Don’t butcher yourselves in a sleazy motel room.
    Think it through and if not we will be wading through a river of blood for a long time. As I state seemingly hourly these daze, the battle for control of women’s bodies is more accurately and honestly put as a battle for our nation’s soul. Women’s issues are everyone’s issues. And why? Because those who hold power can be quite easilly judged by how they treat those with less power.
    At this time in America we confront a consistent mindset in our nation’s leaders. My way or the highway. Don’t like it? Shut up and deal with it or:

    Just suck it up you cheated got pregnant now face the music and live with it. Oy.

    Sorry. That’s just not a place I want my daughter to reside in. Double oy.

    I am borrowing from some uncredited genius here: First they came for the women and I said nothing . Then they came for some of the men who disagreed. I said nothing. Then they came for me. And there was no one else to speak for me , least of all myself , silent in all those years, my tongue unused but to lick the boots of my masters. Give me a triple Oy, with an oy float please. Thank You. Have a nice day before anonymous night falls.

  4. jam
    March 21, 2005 at 1:27 pm

    Heretick said: I am borrowing from some uncredited genius here: First they came for the women and I said nothing…

    that would be Pastor Martin Niemöller, ruminating on the complicity of Christian clergy with the Nazi regime…

    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    there’s actually many different versions of this poem, & some debate as to whether Niemoller even wrote it… but it certainly makes its point.

  5. Emily Robinson
    March 21, 2005 at 2:32 pm

    That story and photograph are so…I just can’t come up with a word conveying the strength and intensity appropriate enough…I always get chills and all my hair stands on end when seeing that.

    Scary times these are…

  6. Thomas
    March 21, 2005 at 3:35 pm

    erin, I guess that’s what you mean when you say you’re “pro-life.” Can we name you the official spokesperson for your side? Because I want everyone to know that’s what “pro-life” means.

  7. March 21, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    There is a great movie that chronicles this story. I believe it is “Leona’s sister, Gerri.”

  8. LJ/Aquaria
    March 21, 2005 at 4:24 pm

    Erin: I’m the one who wrote that post originally. And I have one thing to say to you:

    You have no compassion and no soul. None. Before Roe, people took risks like this, all the time. If you’d read the rest of the link you’d see mention of things like septic wards at hospitals where women like Gerri usually went to die. You’d read about what happened to all those children you say God wants to be born. You anti-abortionists didn’t care about those kids then, and you won’t care when they’re around again. You don’t care about them NOW.

    Just because you WANT abortion to go away does NOT mean it will. I have news for you: It won’t! It never has! While Gerri Santoro was dying, some wealthy woman had paid off a doctor to give her a perfectly safe abortion in a hospital (great democracy, that). Another woman had decided to use a hose and lye to rid herself of her pregnancy. And yet another was in a back-alley abortionist’s office, having a similar experience. People will take risks like that when they’re that desperate, when all other options are closed to them. People like YOU guarantee that they will.

    It always comes down to “you spread your legs you pay” with you anti-abortionists. I won’t dignify your preferred euphemism for it–you clearly aren’t that when you’re willing to let women die, along with their unborn children, rather than let them have an abortion. It’s an insult to women as human beings that their lives are worth nothing to you. Nothing. Why do you hate women who have sex? Why do you think children are a punishment to women who have it? Don’t children deserve better than that? No, don’t answer.

    I’m glad I’m not your child. I would have had to abort myself rather than be born to someone so full of hate for her own kind.

  9. LJ/Aquaria
    March 21, 2005 at 4:26 pm

    Lauren:

    Gerri had 13 brothers and sisters. All of them lost their sister that day. Erin would tell them they deserved it.

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