On June 15, 1984, 14-year-old Germaine Newman's mother found her lying dead on the bathroom floor.
Germaine had undergone a safe, legal abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy the day before, at the hands of Dr. E. Wyman Garrett in Newark, New Jersey. After returning home, Germaine had suffered from vomiting, abdominal pain, and a high fever.
An autopsy found that Germaine's abdomen was full of pus and adhesions. The cause of death was abdominal infection and perforation of the uterus.
When the New Jersey medical board investigated Dr. Garrett, they noted that he had illegally altered Germaine's medical records.
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