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The next to die was Cora Mae Lewis, age 23, following abortion under general anesthesia at "Inglewood Women's Hospital." Although the autopsy report describes necrotic endometrium and yellowish fibrinous exudate, indicates that Cora had thick vaginal discharge and gonorrhea at the time of the abortion, and notes possible therapeutic misadventure, no mention of these are made in the cause of death, nor is the fact that Cora had been placed under general anesthesia when the abortion was performed one month earlier. After the abortion, Cora developed fever and chills, and was admitted to a hospital on November 11. She was aggressively treated for pneumonia, but died December 3. The death was attributed to pneumonia and lung abscesses contributed to by the uterine and cervical inflammation, and was classified as both "Natural" and "Accident." (LA County Coroner Report No. 83-15079)

Yvonne Tanner died next. The 22-year-old mother of one had an abortion performed by Stephen Pine and/or Morton Barke on July 10, 1984 at Inglewood; Yvonne went into a coma immediately after the abortion, and died August 14, 1984. Her death certificate indicates coma, hypertension, and urinary tract infection. (death certificate, LA Superior Court Case No. C555261)

The last known death at Inglewood was Belinda Ann Byrd, a 37-year-old mother of three. She underwent an abortion by Steven (Stephen?) Pine at Inglewood on January 24, 1987, when she was 19 weeks pregnant. According to the lawsuit, she was left unattended for three hours after her abortion, then detained another two hours prior to transfer to a better-equipped hospital. She went into a coma and died three days later due to bleeding from a punctured uterus. (Los Angeles Times 12-3-87, 8-12-89; Complaint No. 8-0001; Associated Press 7-15-89)

The defense claimed that Belinda's death was due to uterine tissue lodged in lung -- amniotic fluid embolism. (Amniotic fluid embolism, or AFE, is the abortionists' version of "The dog ate my homework;" you'll find it blamed for a variety of deaths in which there was no sign of AFE. Because AFE is difficult to diagnose and treat, and is an accepted risk of mid- and late-trimester abortions, it's difficult to sue over.)

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