On the third anniversary of the death of Laura Hope Smith, her killer pled guilty to manslaughter. His
actions stagger the mind. He deliberately acted in defiance of the law, sedating Laura without an
anesthesiologist or basic medical equipment, such as a blood pressure cuff or cardiac monitoring.
When Laura’s heart stopped, he did’t even do what you and I would have been expected to do and
would have done – immediately call 911 and administer CPR.
Laura’s death was not a tragic accident. The district attorney called  his actions "willful, wanton, and
reckless." The medical board that revoked Osathanondh’s license found that he “failed to adhere to
basic cardiac life support protocol.”
He knew what he was doing. He was a visiting scholar and a research associate at the Harvard School
of Public Health. He had taught “Sedation of OB/GYN patients” to medical students.
He faced a maximum sentence of 20 years but will only serve three months in jail, followed by home
confinement.
Our hearts, love, and prayers go out to Laura's family.



Father denounces doctor for killing daughter while performing abortion
Tom Smith ignored a judge's order today and spoke directly to the doctor who has admitted killing
his daughter by failing to properly perform an abortion on the 22-year-old Sandwich woman in
2007.
Smith spoke this afternoon during the sentencing of Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, a former research
associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, who pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of
involuntary manslaughter for the death of Laura Hope Smith.
"You sir, destroyed a precious flower that grew in our lives,'' Smith told the doctor, who was
sentenced to spend six months in the Barnstable County House of Correction. The doctor did not
speaking during the hearing
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Mass. doc gets 6 months in abortion patient death
A Massachusetts doctor was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail after pleading guilty to
involuntary manslaughter in the case of a woman who died after he performed an abortion on her.
Dr. Rapin Osathanondh was sentenced in the 2007 death of Laura Hope Smith, 22, of Sandwich.
He pleaded guilty Monday, just as his trial was about to begin.
Under a sentencing recommendation that prosecutors and Osathanondh's attorneys agreed to,
he was sentenced to six months, but will be eligible for parole after serving three months. His jail
term will be followed by nine months of home confinement with electronic monitoring. He had
faced a maximum of 20 years. He is also banned from working as a doctor or teaching medicine
ever again.
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Practitioner heads to jail for manslaughter; killed woman in failed abortion
Hyannis, MA (LifeNews.com) -- Massachusetts-based abortion practitioner Rapin Osathanondh
was sentenced to six months in prison today after pleading guilty yesterday to the charge of
manslaughter in relation to his killing 22-year-old Laura Smith in a failed abortion.
The plea in court from Osathanondh came on the third anniversary of Smith's death.
Smith died in September 2007 at his Women's Health Center abortion business after
Osathanondh failed to provide proper medical care after the abortion went awry.
Court Judge Gary Nickerson sentenced Osathanondh to two years in prison but the plea bargain
took that down to six months and the abortion practitioner will be eligible for parole after three
months. He must then serve nine months of home confinement with electronic monitoring,
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Mass. doc gets 6 months in abortion patient death
BARNSTABLE – The doctor who performed an abortion on Laura Hope Smith and admitted that his
actions led to her death while she was under his care was lead out of Barnstable Superior Court
in handcuffs this afternoon.
In addition to receiving a jail sentence for pleading guilty to the criminal charge of involuntary
manslaughter,   Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, 67, settled a civil suit and will pay $2 million to Smith’s
parents, Tom and Eileen Smith of Sandwich.
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Doctor sentenced to jail in abortion death case
The doctor who performed an abortion on Laura Hope Smith of Sandwich three years ago and
admitted that his actions led to her death was escorted out of Barnstable Superior Court in
handcuffs yesterday.
Rapin Osathanondh, 67, will serve at least three months in jail as a result of a plea negotiated
Monday between his attorneys and Cape and Islands First Assistant District Attorney Brian
Glenny. Osathanondh will serve that time in the Dukes County Jail in Edgartown, according to the
plea agreement. He was sentenced to a 2½-year jail term with six months to serve. However, the
plea agreement allows him out on parole after serving three months.
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Eileen Smith remembers Laura
When Laura Hope Smith requested extra spending money, her mother Eileen had no idea she
planned to use it for an abortion –- nor that it would be their last conversation.
Laura, 22, died from complications that arose during her abortion in Hyannis, Mass., last Sept. 13.
Eileen, an evangelical who reared Laura in a Christian home, never even knew her daughter was
pregnant and was devastated by the news that her daughter died on an abortion table.
Laura had been born into extreme poverty in Honduras in 1985. When Eileen and her husband
Tom adopted her, Laura was 5 years old. The Smiths reared her in Sandwich, Mass., near Cape
Cod, with their three other children. Laura made a profession of faith in Christ and was baptized
at 12 years of age.  
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"I have been consumed
by a passion for LIFE
since my daughter
Laura Hope Smith's
death on the abortion
table. I have laid down
my life to see abortion
end in my life time if
only the Church of
Jesus Christ would rise
to its highest calling
and join me."
             
 Eileen Smith
              Mother of Laura


"When Laura's heart
stopped, he didn't even
do what you and I
would have been
expected to do and
would have done --
immediately call 911
and administer CPR."  
        
 Anne Newman

“This conviction is an
object lesson to
prosecutors across the
nation that abortionists
can and should be held
criminally accountable
to the law for the sake
of justice and public
safety. There are
abortionists out there
right now who are
endangering the lives
of women who should
be joining Osathanondh
in jail.”
                 Troy Newman
          Operation Rescue
Abortionist only serves 3
months in death of Laura
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