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Massachusetts Abortion Death Case Slowly Progressing

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org


HYANNIS, Mass., Oct. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- The abortion death of Laura Hope Smith has finally been reported Sunday - five weeks late - in a secular newspaper, The Cape Cod Times. The story of this tragic abortion death was also reported last week in the National Catholic Register.


Laura's mother, Eileen Smith, has been working tirelessly to see to it that her daughter's death is not "swept under the rug," and that those responsible for it are brought to justice.


Smith's attorney filed a Complaint for Discovery on October 4, for information from the Medical Examiner's office, the hospital, the abortion clinic, and abortionist Rapin Osathanondh, who committed Laura's abortion on September 13, in the 13th week of her pregnancy.


Next week, Smith is expected to file for administrative control over Laura's estate so she can have access to her daughter's medical records.


Because of pressure brought by Operation Rescue, District Attorney Michael D. O'Keefe met with Mrs. Smith on Oct. 11, about the possibility of criminal charges against Osathanondh. However, she was informed that no case against the abortionist can go forward without Laura's autopsy report, which is due to be released within the next several days.


Smith also told Operation Rescue that she filed her own complaint with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine last week asking for an investigation and discipline of Osathanondh for his part in her daughter's death. A private citizen filed a previous complaint with the Board just days after the fatal abortion.


Earlier this month, Mrs. Smith granted an interview to a major film company and flew to New York to tape the segment about Laura's tragedy. No release date for the interview has been set.


"We await Laura's autopsy report with great anticipation, and pray that the Medical Examiner has the integrity to release the unvarnished truth about Laura's death, instead of a whitewashed report designed to protect the abortion industry, as we have seen done in other places," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "A young woman lies dead from an obviously botched abortion, yet the man responsible, Rapin Osathanondh, continues to ply his grisly trade in Hyannis. It is imperative that he be brought speedily to justice, before anyone else is injured or killed."


Read the story in The Cape Cod Times

Read the story in the National Catholic Register

Read Complaint for Discovery


Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.  Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.  Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.