Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Illegal abortions kill: Part 2

Illegal abortions kill people. That's why we need contraception, sex education, and legal abortions done early in a hospital with antibiotics and all emergency equipment at hand. Nevertheless, anti-choice groups have lovingly collected tales of the Danger of Abortions, in an attempt to confuse oranges with apples.

These stories are about abortions done by doctors. The deaths occurred between 1839 and 1968---yes, they had to go back to the 1800s to amass this impressive list--but most were in the first half of the 20th Century--before antibiotics. Because abortion was illegal, doctors were not trained in how to do them safely. Other abortions were done by self-taught practitioners such as nurses. See Illegal abortion kills, Part 1.)

These stories are reminders of what it is like today in countries with little medical care for pregnant women.

The reason that deaths from illegal abortions taper off is because of better medical care, increased access to contraception, and, of course, the fact that illegal abortions are dangerous led to the legalization of abortion.

Illegal Abortions Done by Doctors

The bulk of illegal abortions were done by physicians. Here are some of the fatal results of their good intentions.

1800s
  1. Eliza Sowers. A Philadelphia boarding house owner reported that in early October of 1839, a Dr. Henry Chauncey appeared at breakfast time and had her make some special tea. The tea was given to 21-year-old Eliza Sowers, a paper mill worker.
  2. Mary Ackerly. Mary's seducer kept her in a brothel while he arranged for the abortion that took her life in 1846.
  3. Jemima Beneway. In February of 1858, Jemima's parents and friends thought they were sending her off to be married, not for a fatal abortion at the hands of Dr. Milton Gray. 
  4. Mary Visscher. This young factory worker died in the home of midwife/physicians Elizabeth Byrnes and Mary E. Smith in 1859.
  5. Amelia Weber. On May 19, 1858, Mrs. Amelia Weber died at the home of Dr. Cobel in Brooklyn. Suspicions were raised and she was exhumed for an investigation.
  6. Susan A. Webster. Susan's uncle and her abortionist were arrested for her death in 1858.
  7. Olive Ash. Accompanied by her twin sister, Olivia, Olive went to Dr. William Howard's home to secure an abortion in 1858.
  8. Louisa Hullsberger. At the 1863 sentencing of Dr. A. L. Alstead, the judge had some harsh words for him.  
  9. Emma Wolfer. Pregnant by a doctor, working for a doctor, this young woman still died of her abortion in 1865.
  10. Magdalena Philippi. On March 16, 1869, Magdalena Philippi died of complications of an abortion performed on her, evidently by a Dr. Gabriel Wolff.
  11.  Belle Wertz. A spontaneous coroner's inquest broke out during the 1874 funeral of abortion victim Belle Wertz.  
  12. Mary Foorman. Mary disappeared without a trace in November of 1875. It wasn't until the following May that her brother confessed to helping bury her in a swamp after she died in an abortion he helped to arrange.
  13. Jennie P. Clar. Jennie's body was found stuffed into a trunk tossed into the Saugus River in 1879. 
  14. Mary McCarty. In 1880, Dr. Banks was arrested for the abortion death of Mary McCarty.
  15. Gussie Ellergood. On Saturday, July 1, 1882, Gussie Ellergood of Carlisle, Illinois, died in a St. Louis hospital. She named Dr. McWilliams as her abortionist. 
  16. Mrs. O'Connor. Dr. Arichibald Lawson fled to avoid arrest in Mrs. O'Connors 1883 death.
  17. Lizzie Cook. Twenty-five-year-old Lizzie Cook, a farmer's daughter, died suddenly on July 27, 1884, in Lockport, New York. Suspicions surrounding this woman's death led to an exhumation which uncovered the abortion.
  18. Hughretta Binkley. At lunchtime on April 1, 1898, Hughretta "Etta" Binkley went to the residence/office of Dr. Belle Howard, aka Belle Shotwell, for an illegal abortion.
  19. Cora Burke. Cora A. Burke was a 20-year-old who had been widowed about five months. In May of 1899, Cora told Mrs. Martha Johnson that she was about six weeks pregnant and wanted to find a good doctor to perform an abortion. Mrs. Johnson introduced Cora to Dr. R. J. Alcorn.
  20. Marie Hicht. Marie, who died in 1899, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz. Other deaths attributed to Dr. Hagenow include Bridget Masterson, Mary Moorehead, Nina Pierce, Elizabeth Welter, Lottie Lowy, and Jean Cohen.

1900-1909
  1. Ida Henry. In 1900, Ida died at the home she shared with Dr. Paulina Bechtel, from complications of an abortion Bechtel had performed on her there that day. Bechtel was also implicated in the death of Barbara Shelgren.
  2. Barbara Shelgren. In 1900, Barbara died at Augustana Hospital in Chicago of an abortion performed there that day. Paulina Bechtel, identified elsewhere as a doctor, was implicated in the death. She was also implicated in the death of Ida Henry.
  3. Julia K. Pettinger. On January 7, 1901, Mrs. Julia K. Pettinger died in her home from an abortion performed there that day, attributed to Dr. Maggie Becker.
  4. Mrs. G.H. Matteson. On May 9, 1901, Mrs. Matteson, a homemaker, died from an illegal abortion in Chicago. Mrs. Matteson's husband was arrested, as was Dr. J.B. Butts.
  5. Mrs. George W. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson, age 28, died at her Chicago home on August 18, 1901, from an abortion performed there that day. Dr. Muenster was arrested for the death.
  6. Rose Lefebre. On December 2, 1901, the body of Rose Lefebre was found in the office of Dr. Volbending. It appeared that Rose had died from an abortion.
  7. Irma Brown. On November 15, 1901, 22-year-old Irma Brown of Garden City, Kansas, died at County Hospital from complications of an abortion performed there that day. Dr. Robert E. Gray was arrested. 
  8. Irene Wengel. In June of 1902, Irene Wengel travelled to Tampa, Florida, where she was met by her cousin, J. Carl Christian. Christian had arranged for her to stay at the home of Dr. Frederick N. Weightnovel for an abortion.
  9. Florence Gaiewski. On September 3, 1903, Mrs. Florence Gaiewski died in St. Mary's Hospital in Chicago from an abortion performed there that day. Dr. Ladislaw Slominski was arrested.
  10. Alice Bloom. Some time in early 1905, 28-year-old Alice Bloom died suddenly in Chicago from an apparent criminal abortion. Dr. Julius N. Goltz as arrested as a principal.
  11. May Putnam. May, who died in 1905, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz.
  12. Lola Madison. 1906. Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz, was arrested in the abortion death of this 28-year-old woman from Salt Lake City.
  13. Annie Horvatich. Annie, who died in 1907, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz.
  14. Mrs. Gies. Shortly after the 1908 abortion death of Mrs. Gies, her abortionist was poisoned.

1910-1919
  1. Anna L. Mueller. On June 25, 1911, 20-year-old Mrs. Anna L. Mueller died from a criminal abortion performed by Dr. George Lotz. 
  2. Emma Chandler. Dr. J. A. Richmond was arrested for the 1913 abortion death of Emma Chandler.
  3. Lillie Giovenco. On October 1, 1914, 18-year-old Lillie Giovenco died in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion blamed on Drs. Eva Shaver, Leopold Pijan, and John Fernow. Shaver was also responsible for the death of Anna Johnson
  4. Florence S. Lindquist. On April 26, 1914, eighteen-year-old Florence S. Lindquist died in the Chicago home of Dr. Arthur Schulz.
  5. Anna Anderson. On October 15, 1915, Anna, a 25-year-old unmarried woman, went to the office of Dr. A. A. Ausplund seeking an abortion.
  6. Anna Johnson. In May 26, 1915, Anna Johnson died from an abortion performed by Dr. Eva Shaver, who then shot the dead woman in the head to disguise the death as a suicide. Shaver was one of the doctors implicated in the death of Lillie Giovenco.
  7. Alda Christopherson. Dr. Lillian Hobbs was convicted in the 1916 abortion death of this 21-year-old unmarried Chicago woman.
  8. Katherine Cross. Katherine was one of two women to die in as many months at the hands of Dr. A.H. Yates in 1917.
  9. Eva Swan. In September of 1910, Eva died after a "Dr. Grant" performed an abortion on her. "Dr. Grant," it turned out, was actually a Dr. Robert Thompson, a graduate of Dartmouth and Baltimore Medical College.
  10. Elise Stone. Elise was one of two women to die in as many months at the hands of Dr. A.H. Yates in 1917.
  11. Ada Williams. Dr. Noble O. Hamilton was blamed for the 1917 death of Ada Williams in Colorado.
  12. Mary Park. Two doctors were implicated in Mary's 1917 death. One was sentenced to prison, the other sent to a mental hospital.

1920-1929
  1. Alice Johnson. In 1923, Alice died at Chicago's West End Hospital from a criminal abortion performed there that day. The coroner identified Dr. Lorenz Lapsky as being responsible.
  2. Emma Herod. In 1923, Emma died of an abortion performed in her Chicago home.
  3. Madelyn Anderson. In 1924, Madelyn died at Chicago's Washington Park Hospital from back alley abortion complications. Dr. Louise Achtenberg was arrested for Madelyn's death.
  4. Helen Bain. On November 20, 1925, 23-year-old Helen died in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion performed that day. Dr. George Slater was arrested.
  5. Jean Cohen. Jean, who died in 1925, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz. Other deaths attributed to Dr. Hagenow include Bridget Masterson, Mary Moorehead, Nina Pierce, Elizabeth Welter, Lottie Lowy, and Marie Hicht.
  6. Betty Fisher. On June 13, 1925, 24-year-old Betty died in the Chicago office of doctors August Goetz and Henry Gautsen from an abortion performed that day.
  7. Edith Green. Edith's boyfriend admitted to police that he had arranged for an abortion by Dr. Thomas E. Walsh in 1926.
  8. Ethel Horner. On October 15, 1926, 23-year-old Ethel died at Chicago's Jackson park Hospital from an abortion performed earlier that day. Dr. Albert Peacock was arrested the following day.
  9. Jeanette Jarrett. On October 11, 1926, Jeanette, a 28-year-old Black woman, died from complications of a criminal abortion performed on her that day. A Black doctor, Roy Shell, was held by the coroner.
  10.  Alice Annalora. On March 20, 1926, 19-year-old Alice died at the County Hospital in Chicago from complications of an abortion performed that day. Dr. Wilford Vine was booked for Alice's death.
  11. Auna Arola. In 1927, 31-year-old Auna died from a criminal abortion in Chicago. Dr. Vincent Tonavena was arrested.
  12. Shellane Franklin. In 1927, 27-year-old Shellane, a Black woman, died at the scene of an abortion performed on her that day. Dr. Gordon Jackson, a white man, was held by the coroner.
  13. Irene Campbell. On August 9, 1927, Irene died in the Chicago office of Dr. Herman Webber from an abortion performed there that day. 
  14. Nancy Dawson. On March 21, 1927, Nancy died on-site from a criminal abortion performed that day. Dr. J.F. Peck and midwife Christine Sedwig were booked for murder
  15. Julia Agoston. In 1928, 24-year-old Julia died from a criminal abortion in Chicago. Dr. Anton Feher and Dr. Helen Moskowitz were held in the death.
  16. Anna Borndal. On November 4, 1928, 22-year-old Anna died at the office of Dr. Lou E. Davis of Chicago, from complications of an abortion performed there that day.
  17. Dr. Davis was implicated in the deaths of Esther Wahlstrom and Mary Whitney.
  18. Loretta Enders. Dr. Amenti Rongetti's death sentence was handed down by a Chicago jury March 1, 1928. Rongetti had been convicted of murder in the abortion death of 19-year-old Loretta Enders. A year later, he was implicated in the death of Elizabeth Palumbo.
  19. Rose Hannover. On June 22, 1928, 31-year-old Rose died at the office of Dr. Lester I. Ofner from complications of an abortion performed there that day.
  20. Arretta Hardesty. In 1928, Roy E. Hardesty won an award of $5,000 for the death of his wife, Arretta. Arretta had paid a physician, John T. Martin, $10 for the abortion, which was performed surgically.
  21. Emmy Anderson. In 1929, Dr. Sven Windrow performed a fatal abortion on 19-year-old Emmy at a Chicago location. 
  22. Virginia Clark. On February 21, 1929, Virginia Clark died of complications of a botched, illegal abortion. Virginia was treated prior to her death by a Dr. McArthur, who said that Virginia told him that when she learned that she was pregnant, the man responsible arranged for an abortion by a doctor.
  23. Winifred Garver. On June 24, 1929, 19-year-old Winifred Garver underwent an abortion at the office of Dr. Anna Schultz, aka Rollins.
  24. Agnes Johnson. On October 12, 1929, 33-year-old Agnes underwent a criminal abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. Joseph Stern.
  25. Margaret Marts. Mrs. Marts went to a Dr. Anderson, who she'd previously never seen. He did not examine her, but made arrangements to go to her home around noon the following day, January 20, 1920, to perform "an operation."
  26. Etta Marcus. In 1924, 30-year-old Etta died from complications of a criminal abortion performed that day. The coroner concluded that Dr. William J. Wick had performed the fatal abortion at his office
  27. Lottie Lowy. Lottie, who died in 1925, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz. 
  28. Bridget Masterson. Bridget, who died in 1925, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz.
  29. Viola Koepping. On June 7, 1929, 20-year-old Viola died at the office of Dr. Albert West of Chicago, from an abortion evidently performed that day.
  30. Ellen Matson. Dr. Lillian Hobbs was sentenced to 14 years in Joliet Prison for the 1917 abortion death of 29-year-old Ellen.
  31. Lillian McCullough. In 1926, Dr. James P. A. Nolan was arrested for the criminal abortion death of 18-year-old Lillian McCullough.
  32. Eunice McElroy. On November 14, 1928, 21-year-old Eunice died in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion. Dr. Thomas J. Ney was indicted.
  33. Faye McGinnis. On September 25, 1925, Faye, age 23, died at her home in Chicago from complications of an abortion performed that day. The coroner identified two physicians, Walter Penningdorf and Walter Voight, as being responsible.
  34. Irene Michaelson. Dr. William H. Bricker Jr. was convicted for this Philadelphia woman's death in 1922.
  35. Mary Moorehead. Mary, who died in 1926, was one of many victims of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz.
  36. Lydia Nelson. In 1923, Lydia died at Chicago's Englewood Hospital from an abortion blamed on Dr. Charles Klinetop.
  37. Elizabeth Palumbo. In 1929, 24-year-old Elizabeth died from a back alley abortion, evidently performed by Dr. Amante (or Amenti) Rongetti. A year later, he was implicated in the death of Loretta Enders.
  38. Sophie Peterson. In 1926, 34-year-old Sophie Peterson died from an illegal abortion performed in the Chicago office of Dr. Frederick Springe.
  39. Beulah Pickerill. On August 13, 1922, 21-year-old Beulah died at Chicago's Mid West Hospital from complications of a criminal abortion performed there that day. Two physicians, Vincent Filletti and Michale Galgano, were blamed for her death.
  40. Nina Pierce. Nina, who died in 1925, was one of many women who died at the hands of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz, in Chicago.
  41. Daisy Singerland. In 1923, Daisy died at Chicago's Robert Burns Hospital from complications of a back alley abortion performed earlier that day.
  42. Dorothy Schultz. Dorothy Schultz, 19 years of age, became pregnant in June of 1929. On June 15 or 16, Dorothy's mother brought her to Dr. W. B. Parke in Camp Douglas to arrange an abortion. He examined her and agreed to do an abortion for $150.
  43. Arhne Reynolds. On the morning of April 5, 1927, Arhne died at the office of Dr. Louis Ginsburg from an abortion performed on her there that day.
  44. Anna Mae Smith. In 1928, 20-year-old Anna Mae Smith underwent a fatal abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. George F. Slater. Slater, upon learning of Anna Mae's death, committed suicide at his home by taking poison.
  45. Catherine Stange. Denver city councilman Dr. Daniel R. Lucy was charged with murder in the 1922 abortion death of Catherine Stange.
  46. Mary Strugnall. Mary Strugnall, age 17, died January 2, 1929 from an abortion performed that day by Dr. Joseph A. Harter.
  47. Iva Triplett. On March 1, 1921, Dr. C.W. Milliken performed an abortion on Iva J. Triplett.
  48. Lucille van Iderstine. On November 30, 1927, 22-year-old Lucille died in the Chicago office of Dr. Emil Gleitsman, from an abortion that had been performed on her that day.
  49. Esther V. Wahlstrom. On December 1, 1928, 23-year-old Esther died in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion. Dr. Lou E. Davis was held by the coroner for murder.
  50. Dr. Davis was implicated in the deaths of Anna Borndal and Mary Whitney.
  51. Willie Pearl Walker. In, 1926, Willie, an 18-year-old Black girl, died at her Chicago home from complications of a criminal abortion performed that day. A white doctor, Thomas J. New, was identified as responsible.
  52.  Ruth Weir. On February 16, 1929, Mrs. Ruth Weir, of East Orange, New Jersey, died at Orange Memorial Hospital of sepsis contracted through a criminal abortion. Dr. Maurice Sturm was arrested when Ruth implicated him in a deathbed statement.
  53. Elizabeth Welter. Elizabeth, who died in 1925, was one of many women who died at the hands of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida von Schultz, in Chicago. .
  54. Agnes Wendt. In 1923, Agnes died in a Chicago hospital from an abortion performed there that day.
  55. Mary Whitney. On May 18, 1924, 26-year-old Mary Whitney died at St. Mary's Hospital of complications of an abortion performed at the Chicago office of Dr. Lou E. Davis in April. Dr. Davis was implicated in the death of Anna Borndal and Esther Wahlstrom a few years later.

1930-1939
  1. Alberta Beard. On March 14, 1930, Alberta, age 29, died at the office of Dr. Davis Lucas from an abortion performed there that day.
  2. Marie Epperson. The total number of deaths attributed to Oklahoma abortion doctors Thacker and Elsiminger was eight. Marie Epperson died in 1930. Other victims included Isobel Ferguson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Lee Wyckoff, Mrs. F.S. Roach, Mrs. Frank Lee, and Robbie Lou Thompson.
  3. Ethel Crowell. Ethel, age 20, died on April 14, 1930, in the office of Dr. Hans Paulsen, from an abortion performed on her that day.
  4. Matilda Kleinschmidt. In 1930, 20-year-old Matilda died from a criminal abortion, which might have been performed in the office of Dr. J. Murney Nicholson. 
  5. Evelyn Dellorto. In 1930, Evelyn, age 20, died from an illegal abortion believed to have been performed at the office of Dr. Frank Psota.
  6. Isobel Ferguson. On April 14, 1932, Mrs. Isobel F. Ferguson died of suspected abortion complications. Two physicians in the University of Oklahoma area, J. W. Elsiminger and Richard E. Thacker, were suspected in the case. Other victims included Marie Epperson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Lee Wyckoff, Mrs. F.S. Roach, Mrs. Frank Lee, and Robbie Lou Thompson.  
  7. Virginia Wyckoff. J.W. Elsiminger was an osteopath in Oklahoma City. He alone was the suspect in the abortion death of Virginia Lee Wyckoff, a 21-year-old student at the University of Oklahmoa. Virginia died April 24, 1932.
  8. Mrs. Frank Lee. On April 25, 1932, a young woman died of abortion complications -- 17-year-old Mrs. Frank Lee, a University of Oklahoma co-ed. Richard E. Thacker, a surgeon, was charged with the death.
  9. Ruth Hall. April 15, 1932, Ruth Hall died of suspected abortion complications. Oklahoma City abortion doctors Elsiminger and Thacker were suspects.
  10. Annette Camorato. In May of 1934, 19-year-old actress Annette Camorato, stage name Toni Morgan, died of abortion complications. Dr. Harry A. Felice was charged with homicide in Annette's death.
  11. Loretta Wilson. On Christmas day of 1934, the nude body of a young woman was found in a thicket near a highway south of New York City. She was identified as 19-year-old Loretta Wilson. Dr. John H. Becker Jr., who admitted to having examined Loretta on December 17, was charged with homicide in the death.
  12. Edith Eschrich. On December 31, 1935, criminal abortion charges were dropped against Dr. Tobias Ginsberg, and his nurse, because of insufficient evidence. The two were suspects in the death of 24-year-old Mrs. Edith Eschrich.
  13. Doris Jones. Small-town doctor and philanthropist Guy Brewer was fingered in the 1935 abortion death of this 30-year old wife of a grocery clerk.
  14. Rose Lipner. Rose died at Riverdale (maternity) Hospital on January 29, 1936. Dr. Maxwell C. Katz, who both operated and lived at Riverdale, signed a death certificate. After the funeral, an anonymous caller notified the police that Rose's death was suspicious.
  15. Katherine DiDonato. On October 16, 1936, 26-year-old Katherine DiDonato, mother of two, was admitted to Roosevelt Hospital to be treated for complications of a criminal abortion. Detectives were told that Katherine had bought pills from drug clerk Hyman Kantor, who had then recommended Dr. Aloysius Mulholland to perform an abortion.
  16. Eleanor Haynes. Eleanor Haynes, age 22, died at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey on October 6, 1937, after indicating that Dr. P. Ralph McFeely had performed an abortion on her.
  17. Doris Alexander. In 1938, 30-year-old Doris died from a criminal abortion in Oklahoma. John Dillinger's doctor was charged in her death.
  18. Alice Corbett. On October 18, 1939, Miss Alice Corbett, age 28, of Brooklyn, New York, died from complications of an illegal abortion. Dr. Allen F. Murphy was sentenced to 2-10 years in Sing-Sing for Alice's death. 
  19. Jeanette Reder. On December 1, 1930, 22-year-old Jeanette underwent a criminal abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. Emil Gleitsman. 
  20. "Eudora" Roe. This 17-year-old girl lingered for nearly two months before finally dying of complications of an abortion performed in Wichita, Kansas in 1930.
  21. Mrs. F.S. Roach. On April 24, 1932, Mrs. F. S. Roach died of suspected abortion complications. Oklahoma abortion doctors Elsiminger and Thacker were suspected in the case. Other victims included Isobel Ferguson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Lee Wyckoff, Marie Epperson, Mrs. Frank Lee, and Robbie Lou Thompson.
  22. Jane Roe of '37. On December 23, 1941, Dr. Samuel Roth was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the illegal abortion death of a woman. Roth, whose license was suspended at the time, performed the abortion in his office on January 16, 1937.
  23. Jane Roe of Newark. Dr. Charles I. Gordon pleaded guilty in the 1937 abortion death of a Newark woman.
  24. "Nina" Roe. In February of 1933, a 22-year-old unmarried store clerk discovered that she was pregnant. On April 8, Nina went to a nursing home operated by a nurse to ask about an abortion. The nurse informed the woman and her lover that Dr. E. T. Martin or another doctor would be able to perform an abortion.
  25. Robbie Lou Thompson. In 1932, Richard E. Thacker, a surgeon, was charged with murder in the abortion death of Robbie Lou Thompson. Other deaths attributed to Thacker included Isobel Ferguson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Lee Wyckoff, Mrs. F.S. Roach, Mrs. Frank Lee, and Marie Epperson. [Let's have a little hearsay!]

1940-1949: some antibiotics
  1. Mary Ann Page. Dr. C. E. Trovillion was blamed for the 1940 death of 20-year-old Mary Ann Page of Alton, Illinois.
  2. Harriet Lichtenberg. On October 18, 1942, 23-year-old Harriet Lichtenberg of Brooklyn died in Royal Hospital, the Bronx, from suspected criminal abortion complications. Dr. Henry Katz was indicted for first degree manslaughter in Harriet's death.
  3. Cleo Moore. On March 28, 1942, 19-year-old Cleo Florence Moore died at New Rochelle Hospital in New York from peritonitis from an illegal abortion. Upon admission, Cleo told authorities that she had taken some pills to induce the abortion, but before her death she changed her story and said that Dr. Frank F. Marino had performed the fatal abortion.
  4. Amelia Cardito. On February 14, 1944, Amelia Cardito, 34-year-old mother of 4, underwent an illegal abortion at the office of Dr. Anthony Renda.
  5. Beatrice Fisher. In 1945, Beatrice died after an abortion performed in his office by Dr. Frank C. Hart in Seattle.
  6. Jane Ward. On October 17, 1947, Dr. Paul Singer reported that he had taken 22-year-old Jane Ward, heir to the Drake Bakeries fortune, to Park East Hospital, to complete an illegal abortion somebody else had done. Jane died on October 28. Singer was convicted of manslaughter in Jane's death. [This only makes it harder for women to get treatment for complications of illegal abortions. Something like this is happening in Nicaragua, now.]
  7. Madeline McGeehan. On November 18, 1942, 26-year-old Madeline McGeehan died at Prospect Hospital in New York after an illegal abortion. Arrested were Dr. Joseph Nisonoff; his nurse, Camille Ewald; his receptionist, Pearl Tense; and Dr. Max J. Weinstein, who was thought to have referred Madeline to Nisonoff.
  8. Agnes Pearson. In late July of 1941, Mrs. Agnes Pearson of White Plains, New York died at Grasslands Hospital in New York of suspected complications from an abortion. Dr. Nathan Schwartz and Dr. Samuel Schwartz (not related) were charged with manslaughter in Agnes' death.
  9. Doris Becker. On December 5, 1948, Dr. Cyril B. Babb pleaded guilty to performing a fatal abortion on Doris Becker the previous Wednesday in his office.
  10. Roberta Danks. February 17, 1949. Roberta's abortionist battered and dumped her body to try to make it seem she'd been a hit-and-run victim.

1950-1959: after antibiotics
  1. Joyce Chorney. Joyce Chorney, age 25, died Wednesday, November 18, 1953. Fifty-four-year-old Dr. Alfred Joseph was charged with criminal abortion in her death.
  2. Gertrude Pinsky. Operating on a tip, police, accompanied by an ambulance, broke into a private home in the Bronx, on April 4, 1954. There they found Gertrude dead from septic poisoning from an illegal abortion. Police arrested Florence Cavalluzzo, a resident of the home, and Hugo Francese, an unlicensed physician.
  3. Mary Davies. On Saturday, December 8, 1956, 26-year-old Mary Davies of New York City arrived in the Ashland, Pennsylvania office of abortionist Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer. She was seeking an abortion.

1960-1969 
  1. Vivian Grant. On January 21, 1961, Dr. Mandel M. Friedman contacted a Queens undertaker, asking him to arrange burial for 23-year-old Vivian Grant of New York. Nearly a year later, Friedman was implicated in the death of Barbara Covington.
  2. Jolene Griffith. On March 3, 1962, Dr. J. Bryan Henrie, an osteopath, performed an abortion on Jolene Joyce Griffith at his clinic in Grove, Oklahoma.
  3. Barbara Covington. Dr. Mandel M. Friedman was charged with homicide in the September 11, 1962 death of Barbara C. Covington, age 35, a Florida socialite. Nearly a year earlier, he had been implicated in the death of Vivian Grant.
  4. Barbara Lofrumento. Barbara, a 19-year-old college student, told her parents that she was pregnant in 1962. Mr. and Mrs. Lofrumento arranged for an abortion by Dr. Harvey Lothringer. 
  5. "Sophia" Roe. Patricia G. Miller's book, The Worst of Times: Illegal Abortion: Survivors, Practitioners, Coroners, Cops and Children of Women Who Died Talk About Its Horrors, tells of an unnamed young woman I call "Sophia", who went to Pennsylvania to have a back alley abortion performed by Dr. Benjamin King in 1967. 
  6. Nancy Ward. In February of 1968, Nancy Ward flew from Oklahoma to Kansas city with her boyfriend for an abortion Nancy's father had arranged. Nancy and her boyfriend visited Dr. Richard Mucie.
  7. Catherine Barnard. Dr. Virgil Jobe of Oklahoma was charged in the 1969 abortion death of Catherine Barnard of Arvada, Colorado.
Look what happens when modern medicine improves and abortion becomes legal! The abortions trickle off in the 50s and 60s.

No year
  1. Emma Post. Emma's seducer kept her in brothels while arranging the abortion that took her life.
  2. Ruth Lemaire. Ruth implicated Dr. Lillian Hobbs in a deathbed statement.
  3. Bessie Kouns. Bessie implicated Dr. H.C. Dorroh in her deathbed statement.
  4. Elvira Woodward. Dr. Charles P. Wood admitted that Elvira Woodward had come to his house in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 1 and remained there until her death on April 27. Wood was convicted of performing her fatal abortion.
  5. Caroline Malinken. Caroline died of an abortion done in her home by a Dr. Joecken. 
  6. Mary Sudik. On February 12, Mrs. Mary Sudik died of infection from an abortion performed two days earlier by Dr. A.B.C. Davis of Oklahoma City.
  7. Georgia Marie McGill. . Dr. W. R. Mitchell, already a reputed abortionist, was fingered by Marie's father. [CHECK]
  8. Gene Raligh. Sometime in the early part of the 20th century, physician and surgeon H. W. Coulter performed an abortion upon Gene Raligh, leading to her death from septicemia.
  9. Mrs. George Swope. Dr. Smith was arrested, but insisted that Dr. Bottorf had performed the fatal abortion on this coal miner's wife.
  10. Harriet Reece. Hattie hadn't wanted a baby to hinder her teaching career, so she sought an abortion from Dr. John Aiken over the protests of her husband.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Christina Dunigan said...

You do realize that legal abortions are still killing women? Tonya Reaves bled to death recently after an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.

Why do you pick and choose? Why doesn't Tonya's death matter? Why are only the illegal deaths -- mostly at the hands of doctors who would have been plying their trade had abortion been legal! -- the only ones you consider worth your notice?

7:08 PM  
Blogger Everywoman said...

For every woman that dies having a legal abortion, fourteen would have died giving birth. Therefore, the number of abortions that resulted in the death of Tonya Reaves saved the lives of approximately thirteen women.

In the US, the risk of maternal death from abortion is 6 per million procedures, whereas the death rate for childbirth is 88 maternal deaths per million live births. And that doesn't count the times when something goes wrong with the fetus, which is bound to be more dangerous for the mother as well.

You can see this effect in England, where there's a death rate of 86 per million outside of London, and a death rate of 200 per million within, partly because more complex cases are handled.

I hope this answers your question.

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