On December 10, 1914, 13-year-old schoolgirl Ida Kaufman died in a Chicago home after an abortion performed by an unknown perpetrator.
Note, please, that with overall public health issues such as doctors not
using proper aseptic techniques, lack of access to blood transfusions
and antibiotics, and overall poor health to begin with, there was likely
little difference between the performance of a legal abortion and
illegal practice, and the aftercare for either type of abortion was
probably equally unlikely to do the woman much, if any, good.
In fact, due to improvements in addressing these problems, maternal
mortality in general (and abortion mortality with it) fell dramatically
in the 20th Century, decades before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion
For more information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, see Abortion Deaths 1910-1919.
Jumping from the beginning of the century to the end, we observe the death of another Chicago teen.
On December 10, 1998, Nakia Jorden, who would have graduated from
Hyde Park High School in 2000, died of anesthesia complications during
an abortion at the Albany Medical Surgical Center in Chicago. According to an expert in anesthesia who reviewed Nakia's records, Nakia had a pulse ox reading of only 94% when she was sedated
for her abortion. Nakia was not given oxygen, and
was not monitored by EKG as appropriate when administering this degree
of anesthesia. The greatest fault that the anesthesia expert found was that Albany staff, upon
noting a pulse ox reading of only 74%, he did nothing to ensure that she
was in fact getting enough oxygen into her lungs. Instead, he
administered atropine to increase her heart rate, "which likely delayed
the critical intervention of ventilating the patient with oxygen."
Albany also perpetrated the fatal abortions on , Maria Leho,and Maria Rodriguez. Other abortion patients who have lost their lives after entrusting them to FPA's California affiliates include , Patricia Chacon, Mary Pena, , Lanice Dorsey, Joyce Ortenzio, Tami Suematsu, , Christina Mora, Kimberly Neil, and Chanelle Bryant. You can contact Albany here to tell them what you think of the job they're doing.