Early on the morning of June 15, 1984, 14-year-old Germaine Newman's mother found her dead on the bathroom floor.
Just the day before, Germaine had undergone a second-trimester
abortion performed by Dr. E. Wyman Garrett in Newark, New Jersey. She
was 22 weeks pregnant.
After her abortion, Germaine had begun vomiting and suffered from abdominal pain and a high fever. During the night, the massive infection that was causing her symptoms killed her.
An autopsy found that Germaine's uterus had been punctured, and her abdomen was full of pus and adhesions.
When the New Jersey medical board investigated Dr. Garrett, they noted that he had illegally altered Germaine's medical records. Garrett argued that he was suffering from ''burnout syndrome,'' caused by performing more than 2,600 second-trimester abortions between 1982 and 1986.