Milan Vuitch was a hero among abortion advocates. He had deliberately been arrested performing criminal abortions so that he could challenge the Washington, DC abortion law, and he succeeded to some extent -- he made it so difficult to successfully prosecut that the law lost its teeth.
On June 15, 1974, seventeen-year-old Wilma Harris of West Virginia went to Vuitch's Laurel Clinic for an abortion. Although he had begun a vacuum abortion, Vuitch said that the fetus had been too big to pass through the suction tube. He said he used instruments to remove the remaining fetal parts.
Although the abortion was done at around 2:00 PM, Vuitch didn't trasfer Wilma to a properly equipped hospital until after midnight. Wilma's family sued, claiming that Vuitch and his staff had allowed Wilma to lapse into a coma and lie unattended for 12 hours before transferring her to the hospital. Wilma died of her injuries on May 20.
Vuitch went on to perform a fatal abortion on Georgianna English in 1980. Vuitch is one of two abortionists I know of who managed to keep their noses clean operating "back alley" who went on to kill two legal abortion patients. The other is Jesse Ketchum.
Hey, abortion lobby: How did taking away the threat of prison transform these "back alley butchers" into "caring, professional providers of vital reproductive health services"?