September 6, 2005
From the Broward Women's Emergency Fund:
A 12-y-o child was violently raped in March. Her pregnancy was not
discovered until her mother took her to see a doctor for an
unrelated problem. At the time (sometime last week, I believe), she
was estimated to be 19-20 weeks pregnant and referred to Dr..
Benjamin. The childâs mother also filed a police report and a
detective was summoned to Dr. Benjaminâs office on Friday to take
evidence for the prosecution. Turns out the girl was 24 weeks
pregnant at the time and needed to be started that day or it would
be too late. However, the detective, opposed to abortion, was
abusive to the mother and to personnel in the Drâs office.
Complaints to supervisors fell on deaf ears. Dr. B. was so
intimidated by the Broward police that he refused to take care of
the girl. It is now 4 days later. She can have her procedure at the
Atlanta Surgery Center. They will charge $2678 for the procedure.
But the mother needs money for travel and lodging as well. We have
no other clinic in Florida that will do this late procedure.
How much can you pledge? Time is very much of the essence here.
Clarice Pollack is the Founder and President of Broware Women's
Emergency Fund. Please let us know how we can count on you as soon
as possible. Checks can be made out to BWEF and mailed to 1965 S
Ocean Drive, Apt 17S, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. BWEF is a 501(c)3
Thanks so much.