The two deaths we commemorate today were of beneficiaries of the legalization of abortion.
Glenna Jean Fox, age 17, underwent a second trimester abortion at the hands of Dr. Morris Wortman in January of 1989. Glenna Jean continued to bleed for two days afterward. She was taken to an emergency room but died from shock several
hours later on January 19.
Like the deaths of Jacqueline Smith and Barbara Lofrumento, the story of Angela Sanchez involves illegal abortion and attempts to hide the body. The difference is that Alicia Hannah's abortion clinic was operating openly and apparently legally.
On January 19, 1993, Angela Ernestina Nieto Sanchez, age 27, went to Clinica Feminina de la Comunidad
with two of her four children: 12-year-old Maria, and 2-year-old
Victor. Angela's family is adamant that Angela wasn't seeking an
abortion. They said that she was excited about the pregnancy and was
hoping it would be a girl so Maria would have a sister. Angela's sister
Celia said that someone from the facility had called Angela, telling her
to come in for a consultation about the pregnancy.
and Victor waited for their mother in the lobby. A clinic staffer
approached Maria and suggested that she take the car and drive Victor
home. Maria protested that she was too young to drive. The children
continued to wait for their mother.
around noon, a staffer took the children to lunch. When they returned
to the clinic, Angela's car was gone, and Maria was told that her mother
had gone to another clinic. The children continued to wait, but when
their mother failed to appear Maria finally called her uncle, Hemiberto
Sanchez, who took them home with him.
10:00, Angela's family was frantic, and Celia took Maria to the clinic
to look for the missing woman. When they arrived, they saw Angela's car.
Maria jumped out of her aunt's pickup truck and ran to the car. There
she saw her mother lying on the ground.
asked two women from the clinic, who were standing nearby, what had
happened to her mother, and they told her, "She's dead."
Maria clung to and kissed her mother while the two women from the
clinic told Celia that a man had shoved Angela from a car and they were
picking her up. One of the women, Alicia Ruiz Hanna, who operated the
facility, told Maria that her mother had just come knocking on the door,
put her sister's stiffened body in the back of her truck and flagged
down a policeman, who led her and Maria to a hospital. There, Celia was
told that her sister had been dead for several hours.
a prolonged investigation, and Hanna's jailhouse conversion to
Christianity, the full story finally emerged. Hanna, who had been
passing herself off as a doctor and performing abortions at the
facility, had given Angela an injection to induce abortion. Angela
stopped breathing, and staffers attempted to revive her. One of them
even tried to call 911, but Hanna told her employee, "No, I'll save her
-- we'll get in trouble" and hung up the phone because she feared that
she would go to jail and lose her children if it was discovered that she
was running the clinic illegally. She and the other woman had planned
to put Angela's stiffening body into the trunk of her own car and
abandon the vehicle in Tijuana.
Hanna's clinic was tied up with abortionist Nicholas George Braemer.
Hanna had opened a business, under the name of C.J. Professional
Management Co., on February 4, 1992, as a limited partnership with
Braemer. Braemer said that he'd run a "family planning practice" for
four or five months, up until May or June, having sublet the space from
Hanna, who was also running Family Health and Weight Control Center at
the location. "When I disassociated with the clinic, I expected my name
would go off the door because the name is registered to me." He made a
formal complaint to the medical board about the lack of a name change
after his departure from the facility. However, the clinic itself was
evidently never licensed.
Hanna had originally used doctors to perform the abortions but eventually started doing them herself as a cost-cutting measure.
In December 1994, Hanna was convicted of second-degree murder for Angela's death. She was sentenced to 16 years to life.