The following deaths are listed in alphabetical order by the woman's last name. Women whose names aren't given in source documents are given the surname "Roe" unless another source gives them a different pseudonom.
You will notice that not all of these women's abortions were illegal. This is because some states legalized abortion for various reasons before Roe vs. Wade
On September 29, 1923, 44-year-old Annie Allison of Brooklyn died at the office of chiropractor Henry Lee Mottard, who practiced under the name of Dr. Henry L. Green.
On October 15, 1915, Anna Anderson, a 25-year-old unmarried woman, went to the office of Dr. A. A. Ausplund.
Accompanied by her twin sister, Olivia, Olive went to Dr. William Howard's home to secure an abortion in 1858.
On December 5, 1948, Dr. Cyril B. Babb pleaded guilty to performing a fatal abortion on Doris Becker the previous Wednesday in his office.
Sometime between 1942 and 1949, Iva Rodeffer Davis Coffman performed an abortion on Kerneda C. Bennett, resulting in her death.
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.
Cassandra Bleavins, a 20-year-old clerk, had an abortion performed on her at John Wesley Hospital, owned by Los Angeles County, on September 2, 1971.
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
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.
According to the National Organization for Women web site, Vivian Campbell obtained some sort of illegal abortion, then died of peritonitis on May 6, 1950.
On February 14, 1944, Amelia Cardito, 34-year-old mother of 4, underwent an illegal abortion at the office of Dr. Anthony Renda.
Joyce Chorney, age 25, died Wednesday, November 18, 1953. Fifty-four-year-old Dr. Alfred Joseph was charged with criminal abortion in her death.
Sarah Howe, age 57, had been blind since she was three years old. Howe was charged with abortion and with manslaughter in the death of 23-year-old Helen Clark. Helen died September 16, 1941.
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, and the man responsible made arrarrangements for an abortion to be performed by a doctor.
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.
On November 13, 1972, 21-year-old Twila traveled from her home in Colorado to California for a saline abortion.
Dr. Mandel M. Friedman was charged with homicide in the September 11, 1962 death of Barbara C. Covington, age 35, a Florida socialite.
Katherine was one of two women to die in as many months at the hands of Dr. A.H. Yates in 1917.
On November 3, 1952, Isabell Cuda went to the home of Mary Murawsky in Rockford, Illinois, for an illegal abortion
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.
Margaret Davis was a 33-year-old homemaker who underwent an abortion at Windsor Hills Hospital in Los Angeles County. Christopher Dotson began the abortion at about noon on July 15, 1971.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Gwendolyn Drummer was a student at Harry Ellis High in Richmond, California, when she was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital of Pinole for a legal abortion.
According to the National Organization for Women web site, Clara Bell Duvall was a 32-year-old married mother of five, aged 6 months to 12 years. NOW says that Clara attempted a self-induced abortion with a knitting needle and died March 27, 1929.
On March 21, 1947, Ilene Eagen was brought to Mankato, Minnesota, to the dental office of W. A. Groebner for an abortion.
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.
The total number of deaths attributed to Oklahoma abortion doctors Thacker and Elsiminger was eight. Marie Epperson died in 1930.
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.
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.
In 1945, Beatrice Fern Fisher died after an abortion performed in his office by Dr. Frank C. Hart in Seattle.
Eighteen-year-old Janet Foster underwent an abortion at the hands of Richard Neal at Valley Doctors' Hospital in North Hollywood, California on September 11, 1971.
According to the National Organization for Women web site, Ruth Irene Friedl was a married, 27-year-old mother of two. NOW says that Ruth drank ergot apiol, an herbal abortifacient, on August 21, 1929.
Anna Gosch died on Tuesday, March 20, 1906, after either she or her boyfriend performed an abortion with a catheter.
Doris Grant, age 32, was admitted by W. W. Williams to Doctor's Hospital in Los Angeles for an abortion February 11, 1971.
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.
Edith's boyfriend admitted to police that he had arranged for an abortion to be performed on Edith by Dr. Thomas E. Walsh in 1926.
On March 3, 1962, Dr. J. Bryan Henrie, an osteopath, performed an abortion on Jolene Joyce Griffith, at his clinic in Grove, Oklahoma.
On April 15, 1932, Ruth Hall died of suspected abortion complications. Oklahoma City abortion doctors Elsiminger and Thacker were suspects.
On October 13, 1939, the body of Barbara Hanson, age 21, was found in a Houston, Texas, motel room. James Carter and George F. Norton pleaded guilty to performing the abortion that killed Barbara.
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.
John O. Edmonson was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree after an abortion he arranged resulted in the death of his paramour, 20-year-old Ada Hawk. Ada died some time before 1895.
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.
Betty Hines was 21 years old when she was checked into Doctors Hospital in California for an abortion to be performed by Dr. A. Mitchell on July 19, 1971.
Denise Holmes, a 24-year-old Australian woman living in Texas, decided to undergo an abortion at Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on her way home for Christmas of 1970.
On 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.
On April 6, 1955, Karman met Joyce Johnson in a motel room and, using a speculum, inserted a nutcracker into Joyce in order to perform an abortion.
On May 26, 1950, Annis Whitlow Brown performed an abortion on Joy M. Joy, the unmarried mother of a six-year-old daughter.
On February 10, 1957, veterinarian Ira Ledbetter performed an abortion on Alice Kimberly.
Mary Kirkpatrick was a 16-year-old mill worker in New Jersey in 1859. She and her boss became sexually involved, and Mary became pregnant. Mary's boss obtained an abortifacient, which he gave to Mary.
Sylvia Redman, who had a license to practice naturopathy, signed a written confession on October 20, 1954 regarding the death of Betty Ladel.
Abraham Conheim had promised marriage to 19-year-old Harriet Larocque. In April of 1902, Harriet discovered that she was pregnant. Conheim reneged on his promise of marriage, and instead arranged a criminal abortion for her.
Asunta La Rosa
On May 5, 1938, Mrs. Genevieve Horton, a practical nurse, was released on bail pending trial in an abortion case. After being released, Horton performed an abortion on 29-year-old Mrs. Asunta La Rosa, a mother of three.
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.
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.
Sara Franki Lint, a 22-year-old coed, submitted to an abortion at San Vicente Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on August 11, 1970.
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. Authorities had Rose's body exhumed, and an autopsy showed that Rose had died from an illegal abortion.
Barbara, a 19-year-old college student, informed her parents that she was pregnant in 1962. Mr. and Mrs. Lofrumento arranged for an abortion by Dr. Harvey Lothringer.
Elva Lozada is listed on the Life Dynamics "Tombstone Project" poster as having died in California from a legal abortion in 1964.
Little is known about Sharon, but on May 21, 1970, she died following a legal abortion in Los Angeles County, California. She was 25 years old.
On July 29, 1949, on the basis of a third-party referral, Dorothy Martin went to the home of P.D. Beigun for an abortion.
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."
In 1926, Dr. James P. A. Nolan was arrested for the criminal abortion death of 18-year-old Lillian McCullough.
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.
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.
After California legalized abortion on demand in 1970, a Texas company began selling abortion referrals and air fare. Twenty-year-old Katherine Morse was one customer. Katherine was admitted to Bel Air Memorial Hospital in LA County on September 1, 1972.
Emma Bickel, a 59-year-old midwife, was charged with second-degree manslaugher in the death of 19-year-old Emily Nohavec of St. Louis in 1913.
Twenty-three-year-old Maria Hernandez Ortega traveled from her home in Massahusetts for a legal abortion my Dr. Armida Zepeta in her New York office on October 10, 1970.
On February 20, 1919, W. G. Waters and M. T. Summerlin performed an abortion on Viola Parr with instruments of some sort, causing her death.
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.
Erika Peterson, age 28, died July 23, 1961 during an abortion at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California.
On March 16, 1869, Magdalena Philippi died of complications of an abortion performed on her, evidently by a Dr. Gabriel Wolff.
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 Pinsky, age 35, dead from septic poisoning from an illegal abortion. Police arrested Florence Cavalluzzo, a resident of the home, and Hugo Francese, an unlicensed physician.
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.
An aspiring actress, 25-year-old Virginia Rappe, took ill under strange circumstances at a weekend party Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was holding at a San Francisco hotel on September 5, 1921. Four days later, she was dead.
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.
Alice was 31 years old when she underwent a 14-week saline abortion in New York City.
Amanda was 19 years old when she traveled from Indiana to New York for a legal abortion in 1970.
Amy was 35 years old when she had a legal abortion December 24, 1970.
Andrea was 26 years old when she underwent a legal abortion at a New York City abortion facility on January 12, 1971.
Anita was a 23-year-old mother of two when she chose safe and legal abortion in 1971.
Annie traveled from New Jersey to New York for a first-trimester abortion on June 24, 1971.
April was 17 years old when she underwent a saline abortion in New York City on August 20, 1971.
Audrey was 44 years old when she underwent a first-trimester abortion in New York on July 1, 1971.
Barbara was 35 years old when she traveled from Michigan to New York for a safe and legal abortion in 1971.
Becky was 18 years old when she traveled from Arkansas to New York for a safe and legal abortion. She was 14 weeks pregnant.
Beth was 23 years old when she traveled from Massachusetts to New York for an abortion in 1971.
Cindy was 25 years old when she submitted to an abortion in 1972. She was nine weeks pregnant and the abortion was performed by vacuum aspiration
In early March of 1972, Colleen traveled from Michigan to New York for a safe and legal abortion. She was 21 years old and 20 weeks pregnant.
Connie was 31 years old when she underwent a safe and legal abortion in New York on March 3, 1972.
Danielle, age 18, had traveled from Massachusetts to New York for a safe and legal abortion. On May 17, 1972, the abortion was performed. Minutes after the abortion was completed, Danielle was dead.
Dawn was 29 years old and 7 weeks pregnant when she underwent a legal abortion in August of 1972.
Some time prior to 1951, Annas Witlow Brown was convicted of manslaughter in the abortion death of a woman whose name I've been unable to determine. I'll refer to her as "Helen" Roe.
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.
Jane Roe of Long Beach
On April 17, 1940, Mrs. Josephine Williams and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Adele H. Sassen, were sentenced to prison for an illegal abortion resulting in the death of a Long Beach woman.
Jane Roe of Newark
Dr. Charles I. Gordon pleaded guilty in the 1937 abortion death of a Newark woman.
Judy was a 42-year-old mother of four from upstate New York when she chose safe and legal abortion in 1970.
Julie was only 14 years old when she underwent an abortion in New York on March 26, 1972.
Kimberly was 25 years old and 18 weeks pregnant when she underwent an abortion in New York City on December 23, 1970.
Lori was 17 years old and 16 weeks pregnnat when she was admitted to a Maryland hospital for a saline abortion between July and December of 1970.
Mary was 19 years old when she checked into a Los Angeles hospital for a first-trimester abortion some time before 1973.
Monica was a 31-year-old mother of five. She requested an abortion when she was 8 weeks pregnant in 1971.
Nancy was 16 years old, and 16 weeks pregnant, when she underwent a saline abortion in 1972.
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.
On February 6, 1924, Ida Cantor performed an abortion on a woman not named in Westlaw summaries. I'll refer to her as "Patsy" Roe.
In February of 1972, 21-year-old Robin traveled from Massachusetts to New York for a first trimester abortion.
Roseanne was in the second trimester of pregnancy when she chose safe and legal abortion in 1971. She was 37 years old, had had four children.
Roxanne was 17 years old when she traveled to New York from Michigan to have a first-trimester abortion in a doctor's office. The doctor gave her sedatives and local anesthesia to begin the abortion on May 13, 1972.
Sandra was 18 years old when she underwent a first-trimester abortion procedure in New York. Three days later, on April 18, 1971, Sandra killed herself.
Sara underwent a second trimester abortion in New York City in May of 1972
Sheryl was 23 years old when she chose abortion. She had a history of sickle cell anemia and three live births. She was in her first trimester of pregnancy when she underwent the abortion on July 11, 1970.
Tammy traveled from Ohio to New York to undergo an abortion, which was performed on September 25, 1971. She was 33 years old.
Vicki was 23 years old when she underwent an abortion in New York state. Saline was injected into her uterus to begin the abortion. The next day, she began to show signs of infection. On August 17, she died of sepsis
Wendy was 23 years old and 16 weeks pregnant when she sought an abortion in 1972.
Twenty-year-old LaSandra Russ, from Berkley, California, went to Los Angeles to have an abortion on December 13, 1971.
A 16-year-old girl underwent a second-trimester salilne abortion on August 26, 1969
Stella Saenz, age 42, had arranged for a legal abortion in the spring of 1968.
Gerri Santoro died of an illegal abortion performed by her boyfriend in 1964.
On December 10, 1885, Sylvia Sawdy went to Grand Rapids by train. There, she let her boyfriend perform an abortion on her.
Carole Schaner was 37 years old when she traveled from Ohio to Buffalo, New York, for a safe and legal abortion. Dr. Jesse Ketchum performed a vaginal hysterotomy abortion on October 20, 1971.
On February 14, 1942, Florence Nimick Schnoor, age 24, died at St. Joseph's Hospital in New York of what the coroner called a "brutal and inept" illegal abortion. I'm classifying this as amateur rather than "unknown" because no doctor was charged in the case.
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.
Queens patrolman Howard Bailey, morgue attendant Victor Genz, and a Texas medical student, Benjamin Lockhart, were arrested in the December 4, 1965 abortion death of Rita Shea, a 33-year-old Long Island woman.
According to the National Organization for Women web site, Pauline Roberson Shirley was a 29-year-old married mother of six. NOW gives no details of the illegal abortion that Pauline underwent, but says that she bled to death on August 22, 1940.
In December of 1955, Jackie told her boyfriend that she was pregnant. He did not want to marry Jackie and instead arranged for a scrub nurse, Leobaldo Pejuan, to perform an abortion on Christmas Eve.
Margaret Louise Smith
Twenty-five-year-old Margaret Smith traveled from Michigan to New York for an abortion because she had been exposed to rubella. Her abortionist, Jesse Ketchum, performed a vaginal hysterotomy on Margaret on June 16, 1971.
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.
Elise was one of two women to die in as many months at the hands of Dr. A.H. Yates in 1917.
On January 21, 1972, 26-year-old Kathryn Strong went to Civic Center Hospital in Oakland, California for a legal abortion that was to be performed by Dr. Harold Van Maren.
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.
Robbie Lou Thompson
In 1932, Richard E. Thacker, a surgeon, was charged with murder in the abortion death of Robbie Lou Thompson
On March 1, 1921, Dr. C.W. Milliken performed an abortion on Iva J. Triplett.
Cheryl Vosseler was 17 years old when she was admitted to Fresno General Hospital on July 31, 1969, to undergo a legal abortion.
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.
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.
Virginia was 32 years old and pursuing a Hollywood career when she became pregnant in 1954. Deciding that a baby would hurt her career, Virginia arranged to have an abortion on November 18.
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.
In June of 1902, Irene Wengel traveled 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.
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.
Grace Wolf, a young married woman, traveled from her home in Lansing to the office of Dr. C. Allen Snyder in Dubuque, Iowa, on November 19, 1917.
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.
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.
Gertrude died on July 19, 1925, of a criminal abortion. Mrs. Margaret Shott Higgens, age 23, was indicted for manslaughter in Gertrude's death.
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