On May 8, 1928, 27-year-old Margaret Barnts died from a criminal abortion perpetrated by Pauline Zickerman or Nickelman. (The name is given two different ways in the source, perhaps due to illegible handwriting on their original source documents.) The defendant was indicted for felony murder on May 15, 1928. Her profession is not mentioned.
Twenty-four-year-old Maura Morales was eight weeks pregnant when she went to Woman's Care Center for a safe and legal abortion on May 8, 1981. When she was in the
recovery room, her heart went into spontaneous ventricular fibrillation -- irregular heartbeats not capable of effectively pumping blood. Maura was taken to a hospital, but died that day.Maura was the fourth woman to die from abortions perpetrated at that facility. The others were Shirley Payne, Myrta Baptiste, and Ruth Montero.
Claudia Caventou, age 33, underwent a safe, legal first-trimester abortion at Mercy Medical Clinic in Los Angeles on May 8, 1986, performed by H. N. Fahmy. Claudia's
boyfriend was in the waiting room during the procedure. Staff told him
that everything was okay, and suggested that he leave and get something
to eat. Since he'd heard Claudia screaming earlier, he decided to stay. Several
hours later, he heard the doctor come out and tell his staff to call
911. Claudia was taken to a hospital where she underwent emergency
surgery for what doctors thought was a perforated uterus. It turned out
that Claudia's pregnancy had been in her fallopian tube, which had
ruptured during the abortion. Efforts to save Claudia were futile, and
she died later that day. Even
though, in theory, women who choose abortion should be less likely to
die of ectopic pregnancy complications, experiences shows that they're
actually more likely to die, due to sloppy practices by abortion practitioners.
On May 2, 2009, 18-year-old Antonesha L. Ross went to Women's Aid Clinic
of Lincolnwood, Illinois. She had an ultrasound performed that showed
that she was 13 weeks pregnant. Her abortion was scheduled for May 8. Dr. Josephine Kamper performed the abortion,
while CRNA Lawrence Hill administered anesthesia. During the abortion,
Antonesha's blood oxygen saturation fell to between 80% and 90%, and she
began to cough up blood through her mouth and nose. An employee gave
her a bag to breathe into.
Needless to say, this wasn't any help, and Antonesha went into
cardio-respiratory arrest. She was not provided with proper
resuscitation, and she died, leaving behind two small children. Dorothy Muzorewa and Kathleen Gilbert also died after abortion perpetrated at Women's Aid Clinic.