Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today's anniversaries - Three different scenarios, all equally dead

1908: Abortionist acquitted: Bertha Isserstadt, age 23, died in Chicago from compliations of an abortion performed August 5. A woman named Margaret Wiedman was held by the coroner, but eventually acquitted for reasons not given in the source document. Wiedman's profession was given as "abortion provider".

1937: Fatal self-induced abortion: Mrs. Ruth Haught, a 30-year-old widow, died at University Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma, on August 19, 1937, of blood poisoning from an apparent self-induced abortion.

1988: Safe, legal abortion kills asthmatic teen: Tami Suematsu, age 19, underwent a safe and legal abortion performed by Vern Wagner at Riverside Family Planning Center August 19, 1988. Tami went into bronchial spasm and asthma-related respiratory failure then cardiac arrest. She was transported to a hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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OperationCounterstrike said...

I'm glad to see you acknowledged a fatal self-induced abortion.

How about a post specifically on self-induced abortions? Including estimates of how many there would be if abortion were illegal.

GrannyGrump said...

I've posted numerous times about self-induced abortions.

Here are summaries of some interesting sites about self-induced abortions. Here is my page of self-induced abortion deaths. You can also look at 19th Century Abortion Cases and Other Self-Injury, Self-induced abortions: 'Self-help' vs. self-harm, Coathanger abortions. They did happen. And they still happen, and Coathanger Abortion: Powerful image, but how true to life?