My dear friend Erin made this quilt square for The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project and dropped it off at my house yesterday morning. On that cool, blue, first day of fall, the juxtaposition of these colors and prints touched me immediately and I felt like I missed someone I had never known. This is all the information I could find on Rosario Bermeo:
Rosario Bermeo, age 30, died following an abortion at Prospect Hospital in New York on June 14, 1983. Dr. Joseph B. Shapse contended he had no responsibility for actions of the certified nurse anesthetist, and no responsibility to monitor and evaluate Rosario's condition during and immediately after the abortion. Therefore, he said, he was not to blame for her death from respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Thank you, Erin, for creating this beautiful tribute. Erin also has a new etsy site called Willoughby Jade where her handmade knits, gorgeous henna work and appliqued clothing are available.