Dawn is one of the women Life Dynamics names on the "Blackmun Wall" of women killed by safe and legal abortion.
Dawn was 29 years old and 7 weeks pregnant when she underwent a legal abortion in August of 1972.
Local anesthesia was administered and a suction abortion was performed. After the abortion, Dawn went into convulsions.
Doctors at the abortion hospital, and at another hospital, attempted to resuscitate Dawn, to no avail.
Doctors believed that Dawn might have been given an overdose of local anesthetic. Strangely, during the autopsy, the medical examiner found a significant amount of blood in Dawn's abdominal cavity, but no evidence of a uterine perforation.
LDI Sources: "Maternal deaths associated with paracervical block anesthesia," Berger, Tyler, Harrod, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 118:8, April 1974, 1142-43