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Kenyan-born doctor performed 67 abortions in one night at Texas clinic

In Summary

  • The controversial Texas Abortion Law came into effect on September 1.
  • Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia was born in Kenya. His family moved to Uganda where they were expelled by Idi Amin.

A Kenyan-born doctor working in Texas, USA, has recounted how he conducted 67 abortions on the night before the State’s ban on termination of pregnancies.

Dr. Jasbir Ahluwalia, 83, is an obstetrician-gynaecologist at Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in Forth Worth.

On the night of August 31, he performed the abortions as women rushed to deadline to the roll-out of the controversial new law. The law outlaws abortion at the sign of a heartbeat, (or around six weeks into a pregnancy). It makes no exceptions to victims of rape and incest.

Known as “Senate Bill 8”, the Texas Abortion Law also empowers private citizens to report women who get abortions and anyone who helps them to do so, even Taxi drivers.

Reason Close To Heart

Dr. Ahluwalia was born in Kenya in 1938. While he was a child, his family moved to Uganda. In 1972, murderous dictator Idi Amin took over power by overthrowing President Milton Obote. In August the same year, he launched an “economic war”- as he called it- and expelled Asians from the country. Among the victims of this decree was the Ahluwalia family who fled to London and later the U.S.

In the wake of Senate Bill 8, Dr. Ahluwalia has been vocal against it. He supports freedom of choice. And for another reason closer to his heart.

“One young couple, I think this young woman’s about 25 years old, had a husband and two little children—one about six, and a three-year-old. She’s pregnant, about eight weeks. They didn’t have any idea where they’re going to end up, maybe even separated or in different countries. Everybody was trying to find a country to go to. 

“And so she had a back-alley abortion and ended up septic. She’s admitted to the hospital, very ill. And my old professor and I—we tried our best, but we could not save her. So her two children, her husband, watched her die. So this young, beautiful woman passed away because that country had [made abortion illegal],” he say.

The Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in Forth Worth, Texas, where Dr. Ahluwalia conducted 67 abortions on the night before the new law came into force. PHOTO/COURTESY

Dr. Ahluwalia resolved to dedicate his career to becoming an obstetrician-gynaecologist and performing safe abortions.

Doctor is Pro-Abortion

After Uganda, he went to London and earned a board certification at the Royal College of obstetrician-gynaecologists. He moved to Texas in 1977.

“If this was Myanmar, Rwanda, or one of those countries, I’d understand. I’ll just leave those countries, like I did Uganda,” he told VICE of the controversial law. “But the United States? Countries are supposed to look at us, look at this country, as a leader, as an example to be copied. Is this what’s going on here? That’s what makes me sad.”

Last Tuesday, the U.S Department of Justice sought an emergency order to block the Texas law. It argues that this law was enacted “to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights.”

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