On April 4, 1984, Mary Bradley, a 41-year-old mother of four, died from lingering complications of an a 20-week abortion performed Dr. Wayne Patterson in March. Because of severe bleeding, she had been admitted to a hospital and had a total hysterectomy on March 28. Mary developed blood clotting and respiratory difficulties which ultimately killed her.
According to official documents, another Alabama woman, Janyth Caldwell, died after an abortion performed by a doctor identified as George Wayne Patterson. The Alabama medical board lists no Dr. Wayne Patterson, only Dr. George Wayne Patterson, deceased, which leads me to believe that the same Dr. Patterson responsible for Mary's death had also caused the death of Janyth Caldwell the following year. If anybody can confirm or disprove this theory, please let me know.
Dr. George Wayne Patterson himself also suffered an early death at somebody else's hands. He was gunned down outside a pornography theater in an apparent gangland slaying. (The Feminist Majority Foundation, and Revolutionary Worker refer to the slain doctor as "Wayne Patterson", which is further evidence that he is the same doctor responsible for Mary Bradley's death. The fact that these organizations lament the gangland shooting of an abortionist who had entangled himself in criminal activity, while ignoring the fact that he himself had evidently killed two women, underscores where their priorities are.)
For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:
To email this post to a friend, use the icon below.