Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Three Years Off to Tragic Starts: 1918, 1971, & 1978

Margaret Crowe, age 25, died from Dr. Anna Sorenson's dubious care at Chicago's Norwegian Deaconess Hospital, supposedly on January 2, 1918. Sorenson had already managed to kill Emelia Gorman on August 10, 1917, and Mrs. M. Linstrom on November 12 of that year. Sorenson's fatal spree was put to an end with her death in prison while awaiting her trials. I'm unable to determine if Margaret languished so long that she outlived her abortionist, or if the Homicide in Chicago Database has the wrong dates.

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"Amy" was 35 years old when she had a legal abortion somewhere in the state of New York on December 24, 1970. She was 14 weeks pregnant. During the abortion, Amy suffered from a massive pulmonary embolism. Efforts to save her life finally failed, and she died on January 2, 1971, leaving behind two children.

Sherry Emry
On January 2, 1978, 26-year-old Sherry Emry's friends went to check on her. She had been ill since she'd had an abortion performed on December 28, 1977 at Water Tower Reproductive Center in Chicago. They found her dead in her bed. The coroner blamed Sherry's death on the fact that Water Tower owner Arnold Bickham threw fetal remains away without a pathology analysis. However, the police found that Sherry had a receipt from Water Tower indicating a $50 discount. They hypothesized that staff might have noted the lack of a fetus in the aspirator, concluded that Sherry hadn't been pregnant, and given her a partial refund.Either way, Bickham should have been alert to the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy had should have provided his patient with proper life-saving diagnostics and care. Sherry wasn't the only woman to die after abortion in a Bickham facility. Sylvia Moore, age 18, died after Bickham shoved her out the door of his clinic New Years Eve of 1986.

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