Editor’s note. LifeZine is a publication of the Irish Family & Life Organization, a leading Irish pro-life organization.
An investigation has revealed more information about a woman who died in 2011 from a botched late-term abortion at an Australian abortion clinic with links to Marie Stopes International. Delta Poke, 42, died at the Box Hill Hospital on December 18, 2011 after having a late-term abortion at the Croydon Day Surgery, now known as the Marie Stopes Clinic, four days earlier. The then-owner of the clinic, Dr Mark Schulberg, is the only doctor in Victoria, and possibly Australia, who performs late-term abortions between 16 and 24 weeks gestation. Marie Stopes took over full management and ownership of the clinic in 2012, but it had provided ancillary support since 2010. Now, a court has heard more about what happened, following a lengthy investigation.
The inquest heard Mrs Poke was undergoing her final procedure at the clinic when she suffered a cardiac arrest. The centre’s then manager Wendy Turner told the court that she and Dr Schulberg spoke to Mrs Poke’s husband Stanley after his wife was taken to hospital when he mentioned an earlier adverse reaction to surgery.
The abortion death took place at an abortion facility that had already drawn international attention because it employed an anaesthesiologist, James Latham Peters, who was accused of purposefully infecting more than 50 women with hepatitis C during 2008 and 2009.
Schulberg has also attracted notoriety in the past. In 2009 he was found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to gain legal consent to perform a late-term abortion on an intellectually disabled woman. And earlier in 2011, a 40-year-old woman was left fighting for her life in the Box Hill Hospital after Schulberg performed a late-term abortion surgery on her. He is still being investigated by the practitioners’ board. He has also been found guilty of inappropriately prescribing painkillers.
The death of Mrs Poke followed on the heels of a London-based Marie Stopes International abortion practitioner getting struck off after he nearly killed a woman in a failed abortion. Phanuel Dartey perforated the uterus of an Irish woman and left parts of the unborn baby inside of her after supposedly completing the abortion he did at the Marie Stopes International Clinic in Ealing where he worked. The woman returned home following the abortion but was later taken to hospital where she remained in critical condition for two months after the botched abortion.
Editor’s note. This appeared at prolife.ie.