On June 16, 1910, Mrs. Paulina Sproc, a 35-year-old immigrant from Bohemia, died in a Chicago home from an abortion that had been performed on June 5. Dr. W. L. Orainger was held by the coroner's jury. The source document doesn't indicate that the case ever went to trial.
Twenty-five-year-old Margaret Smith traveled from Michigan to New York for a safe and legal abortion because she had been exposed to rubella. Her abortionist, Jesse Ketchum, had run a criminal abortion practice in Michigan, before carpetbagging to Buffalo when New York legalized abortion on demand. Ketchum performed a vaginal hysterotomy
on Margaret at 10:30 the morning of June 16, 1971. Margaret was then
left virtually unattended until her boyfriend returned at 2:00. He found
Margaret unresponsive, and begged Ketchum and his staff to do something. Paramedics were summoned, but they were unable to revive Margaret. She
was taken to a hospital across the street from Ketchum's office, where
she was pronounced dead on arrival. Margaret's vagina had been sutured, but a laceration in her uterus and cervix had not been repaired. She had bled to death.
Ketchum was charged with criminally negligent homicide in Margaret's
death. Before his case went to trial, he performed a similar abortion on
Carole Schaner of Ohio. Carol suffered similar injuries had bled to death in her motel room after Ketchum discharged her. Ketchum was convicted on October 26, 1973, despite the fact that
renowned abortionist Milan Vuitch testified on his behalf. Vuitch himself, like Ketchum, had kept his nose clean as a criminal
abortionist, then gone on to kill two legal abortion patients, Wilma Harris and Georgianna English. Benjamin Munson,
likewise, had a clean record in his criminal abortionist then went on
to kill two women in his supposedly safer legal practice -- Linda Padfield and Yvonne Mesteth.
Margaret Clodfelter was 19 years old when she had a safe and legal abortion at Richmond Medical Center For Women on June 2, 1989, performed by William Fitzhugh. After she was discharged from the clinic, Margaret had pain and
bleeding. She called the facility to consult with them, but they did not
tell her that she needed any further care.On June 4, she sought treatment at a hospital, where she was diagnosed
with retained fetal tissue and a perforated uterus. She underwent a
D&C. She developed infection, so doctors performed a hysterectomy. Their efforts were in vain. Margaret died on June 16, 1989, leaving behind a husband and a one-year-old son.
A 20-year-old Newark college student, identified in prolife sources as "Jane Doe of Newark," underwent a safe and legal abortion by Dr. Steven Berkman at Metropolitan Medical Associates on June 16, 1993. Jane reportedly felt dizzy in recovery. Berkman examined her, noted that
she had a perforated uterus, and had her taken to a hospital by
ambulance. She died in surgery, leaving her four-year-old son