Harvey Karman, whose invention led to safer, less painful abortions, died this month of a stroke in Santa Barbara, California. He was 84 years old. In the 1970's, Karman developed the soft, flexible cannula, still widely used in early abortions, that made the procedure faster, safer, and more accessible for women.
Karmen also performed abortions before the procedure was legalized, serving two and a half years in prison as a result, reports UPI.
"Harvey Karman did more for safe abortion around the world than practically any other person in the world. Karman's name is not known, yet his ingenuity and to some extent his courage has made safe abortion available to literally millions of women around the world," said Dr. Malcolm Potts, who accompanied Karman on a humanitarian mission to Bangladesh 35 years ago to aid rape victims, according to the LA Times.
Karman is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.
Media Resources: LA Times 5/18/08; UPI 5/18/08; Indian Express 5/19/08
7/23/2014 Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches - Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot.
The No on 67 campaign opposes Amendment 67, otherwise known as the Brady Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death act to include "unborn human beings." A similar initiative was on the ballot in 2008 and 2010, but it was defeated both times by a wide margin.
If passed, the amendment would have extreme repercussions, banning abortion in all cases, emergency contraception and birth control, and possibly in-vitro fertilization. . . .