Harvey Karman, a psychologist and inventor of the "Karman cannula", a soft tube that revolutionized surgical abortions, died of a stroke on May 6 in Santa Barbara. He was 84 years old. Karman has been cited as a key figure in the field of women's reproductive health with the invention of the cannula, which made abortions less expensive, less painful, and safer. He was also a champion for women's reproductive rights and helped with underground abortion referral networks when abortion was illegal in the United States. Perhaps his contributions to reproductive rights are the reason that his obit on UPI sits under a huge ad for "vote pro-life" stickers? (The screengrabs are after the jump) [LA Times & UPI]