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ABORTION RELATED DEATHS August 12, 2005 4:35 PM

Abortion-Related Deaths

Pro-abortion groups frequently say that before abortion was legalized, thousands of women died every year from "dangerous back-alley abortions". In the 60's, the National Association to Reform Abortion Laws (now the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) routinely claimed that "5,000 to 10,000" women died every year from illegal abortions.

That claim is a little hard to believe. About 50,000 women of child-bearing age die each year -- from all causes combined. To suggest that 10,000 of these deaths were from illegal abortion would make that the cause of one out of every five deaths, or 20%! This would have made illegal abortion the leading cause of death among women in that age group.

The pro-abortionists will then point to government statistics that show very few women dying from abortion after it was legalized -- dozens per year. This is an an argument for "safe, legal abortion". (Safe for the mother, of course; abortion is never safe for the baby.)

But even a casual look at the numbers shows that the same statistics they use to prove that abortion is safe today, also prove that it was just about as safe before legalization. There has been a slight downward trend for decades, and legalization in 1973 barely caused a blip in that trend. (Improved medical tecniques probably account for this steady fall.)

When this is pointed out, the pro-abortionists reply that the statistics are inaccurate, that the number of abortion-related deaths before 1973 was grossly under-reported. But if they doubt the statistics for abortion deaths for years before 1973, how can they then triumphantly embrace the statistics after 1973? They were collected by the same people using essentially the same methods. There is no reason to believe they suddenly became dramatically more accurate in 1973. This theory is especially implausible when you note that the numbers for 1972 and 1973 are extremely close to each other. It defies probability to say that a wildly inaccurate number in 1972 would just happen to differ by only 19 cases from a precisely correct number in 1973.

In fact, they are probably correct when they say that abortion-related deaths were under-reported before 1973. It is just that they were still under-reported after 1973. Abortion deaths may be erroneously reported as being due to some other cause for a variety of reasons. If the abortionist is also the doctor who fills out the death certificate, he has a strong incentive not to blame it on a botched operation performed by himself. As one government statistician put it, "That's like turning yourself in for a tax audit." Or whether it is the abortionist or someone else, he may shade the truth to avoid embarrassing the dead woman's family.

This is just speculation, but there is reason to believe it is true.

In 1977 an Ohio doctor noted that while the official statistics showed no abortion-related deaths in Ohio that year, he personally knew of two. If one doctor knew of two cases, how many were there really?

Abortion was legalized in California in 1967. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times in 1972, official records showed just four abortion-related deaths from 1967 to 1972. Yet a reporter for that paper uncovered three deaths in Los Angeles in just one month in 1972.

A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times uncovered 12 abortion-related deaths in that city in 1978. The government statistics show only 16 deaths for the entire country in that year.

These disjointed incidents can't tell us what the real numbers are, but they do tell us that the "official" numbers are low.

How many women really die from "safe, legal abortions"? No one knows.

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 August 12, 2005 4:49 PM

Abortion: A Deadly Choice
January 5, 2005

by Carrie Gordon Earll

Abortion is often touted as "safe" but is it? Here are the stories of some women who learned the hard way that abortion can be a deadly choice.

Women die from legal abortion. As with any surgical (or chemical) procedure, abortion has its risks, including death. The actual number of women who die from legal abortion each year is difficult to document as not all abortion deaths are attributed to the abortion or reported as such.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following number of U.S. abortion deaths in recent years:1

  • 1994 10 legal abortion deaths
  • 1995 4 legal abortion deaths
  • 1996 9 legal abortion deaths
  • 1997 7 legal abortion deaths
  • 1998 10 legal abortion deaths
  • 1999 4 legal abortion deaths
  • 2000 11 legal abortion deaths

Although abortion is legal, it still carries stigma for those who may be injured or even killed during a procedure, further reducing the likelihood that an abortion death will be reported for what it is. Unfortunately, those closest to the abortion death (i.e., family, abortion clinic and hospital staff) may either not be aware of the abortion or desire to protect the deceased woman who had one.


Women do die from legal abortion. Women should be informed that complications from abortion can be life threatening and fatal.

Another wrinkle in the reporting structure is that the death certificate may report the cause of death (what the woman died of) without reporting that the underlying cause of her death was an abortion.

Common themes among reported abortion deaths are that the death occurs immediately or shortly after the abortion—or that the woman had such serious complications that she was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. The woman’s death is often made public when family members take legal action against the abortion clinic.

Women do die from legal abortion. Women should be informed that complications from abortion can be life threatening and fatal. Whether women experience complications caused by the procedure itself or by the negligence of the doctor performing it, abortion can be much riskier than many women realize.


In remembrance of the women who have died from legal abortion since 1973, here are a few of their stories.

While it would be impossible to identify the women and circumstances of every legal abortion death since 1973, newspaper reports reveal many stories. It is doubtful that any of the women who died from legal abortion realized that this procedure would result in their death. In remembrance of the women who have died from legal abortion since 1973, here are a few of their stories:

Partial List of Known Abortion Deaths

Tamiia Russell, 15, died January 8, 2004 in Detroit, MI
Russell was six months pregnant when she died after complications from a second-trimester abortion. Following the abortion, "Russell developed heavy vaginal bleeding and died," according to a Wayne County autopsy. The abortionist at the Woman Care Clinic in Lathrup Village did not seek the consent of Russell’s parents as state laws requires for those under 18 years of age. Russell’s family hired an attorney to consider legal action against the abortion clinic.2

Holly Patterson, 18, died September 17, 2003 in Pleasanton, CA
Patterson died at a local hospital one week after receiving the chemical abortion drug, mifepristone (also known as RU-486), from a Planned Parenthood affiliate. She was seven weeks pregnant. The Alameda, California coroner’s office reports that Patterson died from septic shock, caused by a “therapeutic, drug-induced abortion.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating her death.3

Diana Lopez, 25, died February 28, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA
Lopez was 18 weeks pregnant when she went to the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood for an abortion by Dr. Mark Maltzer. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, “she bled to death after her cervix was punctured during her abortion.” She died at a nearby hospital after an emergency hysterectomy. Lopez’ family is suing Planned Parenthood and Maltzer on behalf of her two living children.4 

Nicey Washington, 26, died June 6, 2000 in Brooklyn, NY
Washington went to the Ambulatory Surgery center in Sunset Park for an abortion and died shortly afterwards. She was rushed to the hospital and declared dead about an hour later, after suffering heart failure. 5 

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 August 12, 2005 4:50 PM

Abortion: A Deadly Choice
January 5, 2005 continued:

Kimberly K. Neil, age unknown, died May 22, 2000 in Fresno, CA
Abortionist Kenneth Wright and the Family Planning Associates Medical Group face a malpractice lawsuit filed by Neil’s family—which claims Neil was not properly treated after she went into respiratory arrest during the May 5, 2000 abortion. Neil slipped into a coma and died May 22.6 

Tamika Dowdy, 22, died December 2, 1998 in Brooklyn, NY
Paramedics were called to the Brooklyn Women’s Medical Pavilion and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Dowdy when her heart stopped after having an abortion. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. 7

Lou Anne Herron, 33, died April 14, 1998 in Phoenix, AZ
Abortion clinic employees told police Herron suffered in a recovery room for three hours after an abortion, bleeding heavily and complaining of numbness. Employees say abortionist John Biskind left the clinic while Herron was in distress. An employee called for emergency assistance, but by the time help arrived, Herron had bled to death due to a perforated uterus. In May 2001, Biskind was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison in connection with Herron’s death.8

For more on Herron's death, see the June 2001 Citizen magazine article,
"She Didn't Have to Die," accessible on-line.

Gracealynn T. Harris, 19, died September 16, 1997 in Stanton, DE
Harris had an abortion at the Delaware Women’s Health Organization in the morning, and by 10 p.m. was declared dead at a local hospital. According to medical reports, Harris bled to death from a perforation in her uterus caused by the abortion. Harris’ family filed a civil lawsuit against the abortion clinic and Mohammad Imran, the doctor who performed the abortion. In January 2002, a jury found both the clinic and Imran responsible and awarded $2 million to Harris’ 5-year-old son.9

Nichole Williams, 22, died April 25, 1997 in St. Louis, MO
Williams went to Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis for a first-trimester abortion. According to news reports, her vital signs began to deteriorate during the abortion procedure and she was announced dead at Barnes-Jewish Hospital a short time later. Kansas City area abortionist Robert Crist performed Williams’ abortion. Williams was Crist’s third patient to die during or after an abortion-related procedure, including 19-year old Diane Boyd, who died in 1981 after reacting to the painkiller she received after an abortion.10

Tanya Williamson, 35, died September 7, 1996 in the Bronx, NY Williamson was 13 weeks pregnant when she had an abortion at Gynecological Surgical Services. She received a general anesthetic, went into cardiac arrest, and stopped breathing. Although a hospital was across the street, an ambulance was not called for at least 25 minutes. Williamson died, leaving behind a husband and four children.11

Sharon Hamptlon, 27, died December 13, 1996 in Moreno Valley, CA
Abortionist Bruce Steir pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Hamptlon’s death. Hamptlon bled to death on the way home from the abortion clinic. According to the Sacramento Bee, “the California Medical Board already knew of five other similar surgeries mishandled by Steir that had resulted in serious complications.” 12

(This page was originally posted on September 1, 2004.)

Carrie Gordon Earll is the Senior Policy Analyst for Bioethics at Focus on the Family and a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

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 August 12, 2005 4:58 PM

The Blackmun Wall

The Blackmun Wall is a listing of the women killed by legal abortions, along with information regarding the circumstances of their death. We named this project after Harry Blackmun. Justice Blackmun was the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion and launched America's Holocaust.

The abortion picture painted by pro-choice advocates is that the US Supreme Court and Justice Harry Blackmun's Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions turned abortionists into doctors. Abortion clinic operators like Planned Parenthood like to pretend that the decision written by Justice Blackmun made abortions safe and legal, but the truth is that making abortion legal never made abortion safe. Abortionists are the bottom-feeders of the medical profession and abortion procedures jeopardize the health of the mother in order to terminate pregnancy. 'Safe legal abortions' killed every one of the women on this site.

As you review this list, please remember that the hundreds of pro-choice women listed here represents only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Click here to visit The Blackmun Wall

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     August 12, 2005 7:05 PM


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     August 12, 2005 7:26 PM

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    The Number War


    Are CDC Reports Accurate?  Discussion and reasoning.

    How Many Abortions Are There?  Complete discussion of the numbers "war" and what is believable and what is not.

    Did Abortion Cure Many Social Ills?  Chart showing social problems and their occurrence in 1970 and 1990.

    Didn't 5,000 to 10,000 People Die a Year from Illegal Abortions?  A look at the numbers and quotes from those who publicize them.

    Were Illegal Abortion Deaths Reported Accurately?  A look at the reason behind the reporting of illegal abortion deaths.

    Isn't Abortion Safer Than Childbirth?  A look at the numbers and the real facts.

    What about Coat Hanger Abortions?  Finding a woman who has had a coat hanger abortion.

    How Many Women Died From Illegal Abortions?  A look at the numbers with documented evidence in graph form.

    Didn't Legalizing Abortion Reduce Maternal Deaths?  A documented look at the number of death right before and after the legalization of abortion.

    Are the Old and New Scientific Studies Useful:  A discussion of the use of old and new scientific studies and their relevance to the issue of abortion.

    Do Abortion Mills Report to Anyone?  A listing of the regulations that abortion mills must follow in reporting number of abortion and maternal complications.

    Are Abortions Misreported Innocently or Purposefully?  A look at  the misreporting of statistics both on accident and on purpose.

    Is Child-Birth More Dangerous for Teenagers?  A look at the medical facts and history of younger mothers and the facts of their pregnancies.

    Won't Children Cost More Since They Will Be on Welfare?  Cost analysis comparison between taxes and welfare.

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     August 12, 2005 7:28 PM

    Who Does Abortions?  Statistics of the percentage of abortions in hospitals and clinics and the amount of change in the past 20 years.

    How Many Abortions Are There in Canada?  References and statistics.

    How Many Illegal Abortions Were There?  A look at the numbers of both the pro-abortion and pro-life claims.

    Are Abortion Deaths Reported Accurately Today?  A look at the reasoning and numbers of the abortion industry's reporting of maternal deaths.

    What Percentages of Rape Pregnancies are Aborted?  A look at the numbers as reported from a study of 37 rape pregnancies.

    Are Assault Rape Pregnancies Common?  A look at the real number of pregnancies that occur from assault rape including medical facts and studies.

    Is Pregnancy Common in Incest?  A look at a  study of incest pregnancy occurrences.

    How Many Babies Are Adopted?  Documented statistics.

    How Many Couples are Waiting to Adopt?  Documented statistics with graphs.

    How are Abortions Done?  A complete description of the types of abortions, when they are performed and how often.

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     August 12, 2005 7:34 PM

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    Friday, April 9, 2004

    Abortion death of teen girl spurs call for investigation

    Pro-life activists say parents were unaware of pregnancy

    In one of the state’s rare abortion-related deaths since the procedure was legalized 31 years ago, a 15-year-old Detroit girl died following a second-trimester abortion, and local pro-life activists are calling for a criminal investigation of the physician and the 24-year-old man they say got her pregnant.

    “It’s a tragedy,” said Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, which is holding a press conference today outside of Womancare, the Lathrup Village clinic where Tamiia Russell got the abortion. “We have two deaths here: her death and the death of her child. This is a serious issue. Everyone says we got to have legal abortion and make it safe. Well, how safe was it for her?”

    News of the Cody High School girl’s Jan. 8 death comes as Right to Life of Michigan is poised to submit more than 400,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to resurrect a controversial bill aimed at banning late-term abortions. It was passed by the state Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

    Abortion rights activists hope the other side doesn’t turn Russell’s tragedy into a rallying cry for the late-term abortion debate because death from an abortion is rare.

    Between 2000-02, a yearly average of about 28,000 abortions were performed in the state but none was fatal, according to the state health department.

    “Certain groups use tragedy to make their case on a regular basis, so it wouldn’t be surprising if it occurred,” said Sue Wagner, executive director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan. “It’s a tragedy, and my hope is that people will be concerned about the family.”

    Russell’s family declined to speak about the issue on the advice of their attorney. Only the girl’s mother, Frances Russell, made a comment, to say she is coping with the death of her only daughter.

    “I’m still hurting,” she said. “I just get to crying and can’t stop. She is with the Lord now.”

    Russell apparently got pregnant by her 24-year-old boyfriend but didn’t seek an abortion until her 24th week of pregnancy in January, according to Citizens for a Pro-Life Society’s Miller, who has spoken with the girl’s family.

    Russell received the abortion at Womancare in Lathrup Village, Miller said. The physician who performed the procedure did not seek the consent of Russell’s mother or guardian, she said.

    State law requires parental consent for those younger than 18.

    Phone calls to the clinic were not returned.

    Following the abortion, Russell developed heavy vaginal bleeding and died Jan. 8, a Wayne County autopsy report showed.

    Oakland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney James Halushka said the matter has been referred back for further investigation by Lathrup Village Police, who could not be reached.

    Detroit News staff writer Mike Martindale contributed to this report. You can reach Kim Kozlowski at (313) 222-2024 or kkozlowski@detnews.com.

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     August 12, 2005 7:30 PM

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    Abortion Surveillance -- United States, 1999

    Laurie D. Elam-Evans, Ph.D.
    Lilo T. Strauss, M.A.
    Joy Herndon, M.S.
    Wilda Y. Parker
    Sara Whitehead, M.D.
    Cynthia J. Berg, M.D.
    Division of Reproductive Health
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

    From the National Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, CDC identified 22 maternal deaths with some indication of abortion on the death certificate for 1998. Investigation of these cases indicated that nine of these 22 deaths were known to be related to legal induced abortion and none to illegal induced abortion (Table 19). Eleven deaths were due to spontaneous abortion, and one death was due to abortion of unknown type. One death was determined not to be abortion related. Numbers of deaths due to legal induced abortion were highest before the 1980s, with very few deaths occurring in 1998 (Table 19). Possible abortion-related deaths that occurred during 1999 are currently being investigated.

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     August 12, 2005 7:33 PM

    The Myth of Mass Back-Alley Abortion Deaths

    One of the most common arguments abortion advocates make in defense of legal abortion is that making abortion illegal will cause women to go to the "back alleys" and obtain unsafe abortions. They cite how thousands of women died as a result of unsafe abortions before abortion was legalized through the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

    We already know legal abortions are not safe - they can and do cause women to lose their lives and harm women physically and emotionally. So let's address some other issues.

    Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, admits his group lied about the number of women who died from legal abortions when testifying before the Supreme Court in 1972. "We spoke of 5,000 - 10,000 deaths a year.... I confess that I knew the figures were totally false ... it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?"

    That claim of thousands of maternal deaths due to illegal abortion doesn't measure up when compared with other statistics. About 50,000 women of child-bearing age die each year -- from all causes combined. To suggest that 10,000 of these deaths were from illegal abortion would make that the cause of one out of every five deaths, or twenty percent. This would have made illegal abortion the leading cause of death among women in that age group.

    What, then, did cause abortion-related deaths due to illegal abortions? According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the legalization of abortion was not responsible for reducing abortion-related deaths. This discovery of antibiotics in the 1940's did that by providing effective treatment for infections.

    The National Center for Heath Statistics reveals that before 1941, there were over 1,400 abortion-related deaths. Yet after Penicillin became available to control infections, the number of deaths was reduced in the 1950's to approximately 250 per year. By 1966, with abortion still illegal in all states, the number of deaths had dropped steadily to 120. The reason? New and better antibiotics, better surgery and the establishment of intensive care units in hospitals. This was in the face of a rising population.

    Between 1967 and 1970 sixteen states legalized abortion. In most it was limited, only for rape, incest and severe fetal handicaps or deformities, and when the pregnancy jeopardized the life of the mother (all of which constitute only 5% of the abortion cases today). There were two notable exceptions - California in 1967 and New York in 1970 legalized abortion on demand.

    Legalizing abortion should have eliminated some deaths related to illegal abortions. That is not the case. In the years from 1963-1969, there were an average of approximately 55 deaths per year due to illegal abortions. In 1970, after this initial wave of laws legalizing abortions, there were 109. Deaths from illegal abortions increased.

    By the year before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing legal abortion on demand in all fifty states, the death rate for illegal abortions had fallen to 24 in 1972 (with 25 additional deaths as a result of legal abortions). Now abortion was legal in all fifty states and back alley abortions eliminated with their alleged total of maternal deaths. In 1973 there should have been a sharp drop in abortion-related deaths if abortion advocates were right that legalizing abortion would make abortion safe.

    Yet abortion-related deaths increased again with 25 deaths resulting from legal abortion in 1973, 26 in 1974 and 29 in 1975.

    Some have claimed that the number of illegal abortion-related deaths were not reported accurately or underreported. Yet, when a woman was seriously injured by an abortion, she went to another doctor for care. The abortion practitioner was rarely involved at that point. The new doctor in many cases had to attempt to save the mother's life. In cases of maternal death, this new doctor was required to report, and falsification of the death certificate was a felony. Therefore, prior to legalization of abortion, it's safe to say deaths from illegal abortions were rarely covered up.

    Yet, even if the case can be made that deaths resulting from illegal abortions were underreported, it is equally safe to say that deaths resulting from legal abortions are underreported. In Maryland in 1991, there were four women who died from legal abortions that year. None of the four were reported to the Federal Centers for Disease Control for its statistics. Whereas prior to the legalization of abortion a second doctor, with little or no reason to cover up a death for which he or she was not responsible, was involved in an attempt to save the mother's life; with legalized abortion the abortion practitioner is usually the one attempting to save the mother's life when the abortion threatens her life.

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     August 12, 2005 7:34 PM

    Other specific instances help us see how reporting for the number of deaths related to illegal abortions may be low: In 1977 an Ohio doctor noted that while the official statistics showed no abortion-related deaths in Ohio that year, he personally knew of two. If one doctor knew of two cases, how many were there really?

    Abortion was legalized in California in 1967. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times in 1972, official records showed four legal abortion-related deaths in the entire country from 1967 to 1972. Yet a reporter for that paper uncovered three deaths only in Los Angeles in just one month in 1972.

    A reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times uncovered 12 legal abortion-related deaths in that city in 1978. The government statistics show only 16 deaths for the entire country in that year.

    Another important point is that many of the abortion practitioners performing abortions after Roe v. Wade were the same people perfuming illegal abortions. In the July 1960 edition of the American Journal of Public Health, an article by Dr. Mary Calderon, then medical director of Planned Parenthood, which stated:

     

    "90% of illegal abortions are being done by physicians. Call them what you will, abortionists, or anything else, they are still physicians, trained as such; ... They must do a pretty good job if the death rate is as low as it is... Abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians."

    Here is a candid admission that not only are illegal abortions not being done by quack doctors but that the death rate from illegal abortions was "low." This flies in the face of claims of several thousand women losing their lives to illegal abortions and the claim that illegal abortions were performed by quack doctors and not by physicians.

    As we can see, "Never again" never was. There were not several thousand women losing their lives due to illegal abortions performed by quack doctors. Effective medical treatments helped reduce abortion related deaths and the legalization of abortion never played a significant role (and never will) in affecting the numbers of women who died from legal or illegal abortion-related deaths. That women continue to die from so-called "safe, legal" abortions (perhaps in greater numbers than we know) is a clear indication that abortion is unsafe and hurts women - legal or otherwise.

    Sources: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 1994. Hyattsville, Maryland: Public Health Service, 1995.

    Abortion Surveillance 1985, Center for Disease Control, Table #18.

    Induced Abortion: World Review 1983, by Christopher Tietze, The Population Council, p 103

    Maternal Mortality Surveillance 1979-1986, Centers for Disease Control, M&M Weekly report July 1991, Vol. 40, No. SS-1.

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     August 12, 2005 7:41 PM

    Women Killed by Abortion

    DEAD: Michelle Madden (Age: 18)

    Michelle Madden, 18, was a college freshman when she became pregnant. Michelle decided to have an abortion after a doctor told her that the drugs she was taking for epilepsy would cause her baby to be deformed. O.B. Evans performed the abortion at the Family Planning Medical Center of Mobile, Ala. Three days after the abortion, Michelle collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital. At the hospital, doctors found a leg bone, two pieces of the baby's skull and some of the placenta inside Michelle's uterus.

    Michelle died of a blood infection resulting from the abortion three days after admission to the hospital.

    Michelle's parents sued Evans for malpractice. A jury awarded the Maddens $10 million for the loss of their daughter.

    The Mobile Press Register, 6/6/91 & 6/19/91

    DEAD: Mary Pena (Age: 43)

    Mary Pena, a 43 year-old mother of five, died after she underwent a second-trimester abortion at San Vicente Hospital in Los Angeles in December, 1984. When Mary started to bleed severely from the abortion, the surgeon decided to perform a hysterectomy on her. While in recovery from the operations, Mary started to bleed again and went into shock. The surgeon was unable to stop the bleeding, and Mary died on the operating table.

    According to the autopsy report, Mary bled to death as a result of a cervical laceration, which she suffered during the abortion. The medical examiner noted that Mary's cervix was cut extensively and that the uterus lining had hemorrhaged. According to the medical examiner, the surgeon had cut out almost a pound of Mary's flesh. The body of Mary's 22-week old baby girl, whose head had been cut off, was also found in Mary's uterus.

    Los Angeles County coroner report 84-16016 (Source: Feminists for Life)

    Women are injured and killed by abortion more often than you may be aware. Many women who have been injured by abortion -- as well as the families of women who have been killed by abortion -- have won lawsuits and substantial settlements against abortionists. If you or someone you know has been injured (or killed) by abortion, you should get legal help ASAP! Don't let the statute of limitations run out before taking action!

    For information about legal help, click here, or call 1-800-U-CAN-SUE.

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     August 12, 2005 7:41 PM

    "Margaret's" Death - Page 25 of "Lime 5":

    On June 2, 1989, Margaret went . . . to have an abortion performed by [abortionist John Roe 295]. After she was dismissed, she started experiencing pain and bleeding, and called the facility about her symptoms. They did not advise her to seek medical care. Two days later, she sought medical treatment on her own and was told that she had a perforated uterus and retained fetal tissue. A D&C was performed to complete the abortion and, due to infection, a hysterectomy was also necessary. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to save her life, Margaret died of the complications of her abortion, leaving behind her husband and a one-year-old son.

    (Source: Richmond City (VA) Circuit Court Case No. LU441; Virginia Death Certificate No. 89-020384)

    "Shary's" Death - Page 28 of "Lime 5"

    On January 15, 1982, 34-year-old Shary had an abortion performed by [abortionist John Roe 368] . . . in Dallas. During the procedure, she sustained a one-inch tear of her cervix and began to hemorrhage. She died the next day. The clinic where she had her abortion was a member of the National Abortion Federation.

    (Source: Texas Autopsy Report No. 0120-82-0057; Texas Death Certificate No. 01316)

    "Magdalena's" Death - Page 34 of "Lime 5"

    Magdalena, age 23, had an abortion on December 8, 1994, by [abortionist John Roe 209]. During the procedure, Roe 209 said that he knew he had "screwed up" when he had difficulty removing fetal parts, and noticed that he had perforated Magdalena's uterus and removed parts of her bowel.

    Because she was bleeding profusely, Roe 209 called a hospital and asked for directions to send Magdalena there by car. He called an ambulance only when instructed to do so by the hospital staff. However, there was a half-hour delay between when the hospital was called and when an ambulance was called, during which Roe 209 performed abortions on other patients.

    Upon reaching the abortion clinic, paramedics found Magdalena lying in a pool of blood on the floor in ventricular fibrillation, with no pulse. She had no vital signs upon arrival at the hospital, was unresponsive, and had fixed and dilated pupils. A massive amount of blood was found when she was opened for surgery . . . During surgery, a female fetus, estimated by the surgeons to be of approximately 30 weeks gestation, was removed.

    Magdalena did not survive the surgery, and her death was attributed to "complications of the acute pelvic injuries which consisted of lacerations of the lower uterus, vagina, bladder, and colon."

    (Sources: San Diego Reader 12/13/94; San Diego Union-Tribune 12/13/94, 12/17/94; Orange County Register 12/15/94; Santa Monica Outlook 12/94; Los Angeles Times 3/21/95 plus several court case numbers referenced in "Lime 5's" endnotes)

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     August 12, 2005 7:42 PM

    "Cheryl's" Abortion Injuries-Page 36 of "Lime 5":

    During her abortion, Cheryl, age 22, suffered a three-and-a-half-inch laceration of her uterus and a one-inch laceration of her colon. The next day she was hospitalized with symptoms of these complications and doctors discovered that the head of her fetus had been pushed through the uterine laceration into her abdominal cavity. She required a hysterectomy, a colostomy, and six units of blood.

    (Source: New Orleans (LA) civil District Court Case No. 83-3049-A)


    "Lime 5" was compiled through records of lawsuits, police records, newspapers articles, death certificates, autopsies, medical examiners' reports, state licensing board documents, articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as insider information, infiltration, and surveillance. This shocking and uncensored expose shows what's really going on inside the abortion industry in America.

    When you read "Lime 5," you'll also read evidence showing that an agency within the United States Government is helping to carrying out a massive cover-up of abortion industry disasters. This book shows how it's done, why it's done and who's doing it.

    "Lime 5" also shows how "pro-choice" organizations advance their profit-driven political agenda by harboring abortion providers even after they know they are dangerous to women.

    And what happens when abortion-injured women seek justice from the civil courts? Most encounter a system that protects the people who injured them. Until you read "Lime 5," it's hard to believe how difficult it is for woman to get justice after they've been injured by abortion.


    Partial List of Women Killed by Legal Abortion

    Obtain a listing of such names on a large poster that can be used on pro-life demonstrations!

    Call Life Dynamics, 800-401-6494

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