Dr. Kelly Hollowell Publishes Column About KS Abortion Death

[We would like to extend our gratitude to Dr. Kelly Hollowell for writing the following column published by WorldNetDaily about the tragic death of Christin Gilbert on January 13, 2005, from a botched third-trimester abortion procured at George Tiller’s Women’s Health Care Services. To read more about this story and view documentation, click here. —OR Staff]

Botched abortion kills both mother & baby

Posted: September 24, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

I have written only a handful of columns that required fighting back the tears. This is one of them.

I got a call last Thursday from a colleague-in-arms asking me for help. He wanted me to write the story I am about to tell because it has been buried by a conspiratorial level of silence rooted in political and media bias.

This is the story about an incredibly loving young girl named Christin. A very active high-school graduate and a beloved member of her softball team and community, she was sweet beyond the norm as so often is the case for children with her diagnosis. She had Down syndrome. (I have heard it said, anecdotally, the extra chromosome which characterizes Trisomy 21, encodes for love. For those of you blessed enough to know anyone with Down syndrome, you will likely agree.)

There is simply something about these gifted children that reminds us all about what really matters in life no matter how busy and how complicated our lives appear. Sen. Brownback, R-Kan., made just that point last week on the third day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Roberts.

He spoke on the effects of Roe vs. Wade and on children diagnosed with a disability while still in the womb. Specifically, the records show that 80-90 percent of all children diagnosed with DS are killed. One tragedy to this statistic beyond the obvious taking of life is that waiting lists of people exist to adopt these children. These deaths are a great loss not only to the mother and family, but society as a whole. By way of example, Sen. Brownback spoke of a young man named Jimmy diagnosed with DS who operates an elevator in the Senate building.

His warm smile welcomes us every day. We’re a better body for him. He told me the other day — he frequently gives me a hug in the elevator afterwards. I know he does Sen. Hatch often, too, who kindly gives him ties, some of which I question the taste of, Orrin …


… but he kindly gives ties.

HATCH: It doesn’t have to get personal …


BROWNBACK: And Jimmy said to me the other day after he hugged me; he said Shhh, don’t tell my supervisor. They’re telling me I’m hugging too many people.


BROWNBACK: And, yet, we’re ennobled by him and what he does and how he lifts up our humanity and 80 to 90 percent of the kids in this country like Jimmy never get here.

What does that do to us? What does that say about us?

That means Jimmy and Christin were lucky exceptions to the general rule and trend to kill the unborn diagnosed with a disability. Sadly, Chrisitin’s luck unexpectedly ran out this past year when she was not only sexually assaulted in January of this year, but remarkably became pregnant. No one seems sure of the occurrence that young women diagnosed with DS become pregnant. According to the experts I consulted, the numbers are likely too rare for an official count. One thing is sure, of those becoming pregnant, complications are likely to exist.

In Christin’s case, she was taken by her family at 28 weeks pregnant to Wichita, Kan., to the infamous abortion clinic of Dr. George Tiller. At that time, a drug was administered to kill the baby and another drug to open the cervix for delivery or removal of the dead baby. After starting the procedure, which normally takes 3-4 days, Christin was sent to a local hotel to begin her labor.

Somewhat surprisingly, she returned to the clinic the next day, the abortion procedure was completed and she was once again told to return to her hotel room. Immediately her condition began to deteriorate. When she returned to the clinic, her symptoms were misdiagnosed as dehydration. She was given an IV and again sent back to her hotel where she began having episodes of vomiting and unconsciousness. She was advised to return to the clinic where she became unresponsive. By this time Christin was in serious trouble. According to one doctor who reviewed her autopsy report, she was “bleeding and oozing from every orifice of her body.”

A clinic employee called 911. More worried abut the clinics image than Christin, she begged the dispatcher to turn off the lights or sirens of the ambulance. The ambulance arrived and took Christin to the emergency room at Wesley Medical Center, but it was too late. Christin died. According to the medical examiner’s report, her horrifying and painful death was a direct result of the abortion. What’s worse, it could have been prevented if not for the misdiagnosis and slow response of clinic staff.

I really must wonder how much she understood of what was happening to her during those painful and frightening hours and days leading to her death and the death of her baby. But without any coverage from the news, no outcry from her parents or the public, Christin is now dead. This sweet and precious little girl was sexually assaulted, her baby was killed (likely without her consent) then she herself suffered and died a brutal and painful end.

God help us for not protecting the most precious and vulnerable among us. I can only repeat the questions asked by Sen. Brownback: “What does that do to us? What does that say about us?”

[Kelly Hollowell, J.D., Ph.D., is a scientist, patent attorney and adjunct law professor of bioethics. She is a senior strategist for the Center for Reclaiming America, a conference speaker and founder of Science Ministries Inc. ]

  • Nate

    I totally agree that we are much better for people like Jimmy (who works the elevator at the Senate). I have a two cousins who are parents of Down syndrome kids. They are hard to work with as parents, but they are so full of life and make you see what’s really important in life and what isn’t. I’ve volunteered for the Special Olympics several times and I’ve had a blast every single time. I will do so in the future as well and enjoy every single moment of it too. And if prochoicers had their way, those people are the kind that women have every right to abort and get rid of. If I had to choose who I would rather spend time with (special olympians or prochoice activists) that’s no contest, the special olympicans of course. Why spend time with people who are total jerks and can only think about things in ways that make things better for them or the way they want them to be? People who are totally selfish and only think about what’s best for them. Who needs them? Not me, that’s for sure. Why not spend time with loving and compassionate people? And that is more like SO then prochoice activists. People who work in abortion clinics couldn’t care less about people like Christin who need love and compassion, not abortion providers.


  • People with Down Syndrome are considered defective to the proAborts anyway. To them they probably consider it a good thing that this girl died.

    I hate speaking for them in this way, but they have been proponents of Eugenics since Margaret Sanger, and probably even before her. This woman, the founder of Planned Parenthood, sought to rid of the world of the “feeble minded” and other undesirables.

    I wonder how many millions of human beings have been killed because of her American Eugenics plan?

    I believe even Kelly Hollowell was encouraged to kill her child when it was discovered by the doctors that Victoria would not be completely healthy.


  • A girl who needed help

    i have said this before and i will say it again.when i had my abortion at tillers clinic, he made everyone in my group (myself included) sign a paper saying that if we had any complications at all, we were under no circumstance to go to the hospital.we were to call only him.i had my abortion at about 28 weeks and he gave me no anesthesia, but loaded me up on antibiotics.i wonder why he gave christen no antibiotics.

  • Carol

    When I was in high school, I worked at a camp which for 2 weeks every summer was dedicated only to physically and mentally disadvantaged children. Each child had his/her own counselor. It was an amazing place to work – probably the most important learning experience of my entire life!
    Many of the campers had DS. And they are, without a doubt, the most loving, sweetest people on this earth. I did strike up a friendship with one of these girls which extended far beyond that camping period. An outsider observing a meeting between she and I would have thought that I was a long-lost mother by the way I was hugged and loved by her! She was so excited and happy just for a short visit. All of the DS campers were that way, though. It wasn’t just the one.
    It’s hard to believe (though I surely do!) that America is killing off these children before they are born. Have we come that far down this road? If we don’t turn around and return to the Judao-Christian values upon which we were founded – we will surely Fall! When the base/foundation beneath a building crumbles, that building cannot stand.
    God help us all! Those of us believe that Life is Sacred have to work and pray harder to overrule those eugenicists who are destroying our foundation!

  • I have posted this here before, and will post it again…here’s an account to put Tiller and his atrocities in general and towards Christin in particular in yet more accurate historical perspective. . .

    “…Do you treat, care for, and help a sick or disabled person, or do you kill him? Do you measure the value of a person’s life in money? Or in utilitarian usefulness? THE COST TO SOCIETY TO CARE FOR ALL THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AMONG US IS BUT A TINY FRACTION OF THE COST TO SOCIETY FOR THE MORALLY DEFORMED AMONG US. Professor Jerome Lejeune, discoverer of the chromosomal pattern of Down’s syndrome once related to us a story he had heard from a geneticist colleague which illustrates this well:

    “Many years ago, my father was a Jewish physician in Braunau, Austria. On one particular day, two babies had been delivered by one of his colleagues. One was a fine, healthy boy with a strong cry. His parents were extremely proud and happy. The other was a little girl, but her parents were extremely sad, for she was a Mongoloid baby. I followed them both for almost fifty years. The girl grew up, living at home, and was finally destined to be the one who nursed her mother through a very long and lingering illness after a stroke. I do not remember her name. I do, however, remember the boy’s name. He died in a bunker in Berlin. His name was Adolf Hitler.”…

    — Dr. & Mrs. J.C. Willke, “Why Can’t We Love Them Both” (an excellent book of abortion-related information which can be read online at abortionfacts.com)

    We bless God for Senator Brownbeck’s stand for life, and pray that Judge Roberts, and all those on his court, will heed them…and all those who are engaged in committing or advocating Tiller’s bloody idiology and practices.

    Oh, and speaking of books and Nazis, there are four which we have read recently, and highly recommend to all who have not read them.

    1. The Ten Commandments, by Thomas Watson, available from Banner of Truth Publications. Watson was a puritan preacher, so the particular phenomenon of Nazism was unknown to him; however, the brilliance of God’s law, the Glory of God, and the power of God’s word to save were not…

    2. Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives, by William Brennan, PhD.

    3. The Nazi Doctors: Medicalized Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, by Robert Jay Lifton. Perseus Publishers. This powerful study, the result of ten years of painstaking research and extensive interviews, casts new light not only on the origins of the Holocaust, but explains how physicians, sworn by oath and conviction to ease suffering and preserve life, were transformed from healers to barbaric, systematic killers.

    4.) Auschwitz, by Dr. Miklos Nyizsli. The true story of Dr. Nyizsli, a Hungarian Jew selected by Josef Mengele to act as Mengele’s personal pathologist.

    All these are well worth reading by any concerned citizen of any country, esp. the U.S. at present…

  • Crystal

    I must say something here. This so-called doctor performed an abortion on a so-called handicapped young woman because she was supposedly a high risk as I understand it. My Mom was told after dying and being brought back following my brothers birth that she would die if she had another. Despite her efforts to not get pregnant she did. She was going to follow the doctors advice and get an abortion but our house burned down the night before she was suppose to get the abortion. She went back to the doctor the next day and said God had given her a sign and no thanks to the abortion. My baby sister was as my Mom said her easiest delivery of all 7 kids and 6 miscarriages. Doctors do not always know they are only making a best scientific guess at best. Doctors should always be questioned by a “God’s advocate” when they reccomend killing a human being.