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Yvonne Mesteth, Abortion Death
Second patient to die after abortion by Benjamin Munson
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Eighteen-year-old Yvonne Corrie Mesteth was the second of two patients to die of infection after safe and legal abortions by South Dakota abortionist Benjamin Munson. (The other was Linda Padfield.)

Life Dynamics lists Yvonne on their "Blackmun Wall" of women killed by legal abortions.

LDI notes the following:

  • Yvonne was in the second trimester of her pregnancy.
  • The abortion ws performed in Munson's office in Rapid City.
  • Yvonne developed an infection, kidney failure, and adult respiratory distress syndrome.
  • She died on July 27, 1985.

    Munson is the third former criminal abortionist I've learned of who had a clean record -- no patient deaths -- as a criminal abortionist, only to go on to kill two patients in his legal practice. The others are Milan Vuitch (Georgianna English and Wilma Harris) and Jesse Ketchum (Margaret Smith and Carole Schaner).

    Despite having already killed Linda Padfield, Munson was welcomed into the National Abortion Federation.

    National Abortion Federation Promises
    Screen capture of assurance of safe, quality care on National
    Abortion Federation web site. It reads:
    "What is a NAF Clinic? NAF is the professional association of
    abortion providers in North America. .... In order to become a member,
    a clinic must complete a rigorous application process. Member clinics
    have agreed to comply with our standards for quality and care....
    NAF periodically conducts site visits to confirm that our clinics
    are in compliance with our guidelines.


    LDI Source: South Dakota Death Certificate No. 140 85-003853

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