In Chapter 4 of Lime 5, Mona summarized the death of a 32-year-old California woman I'll call "Daisy." We learned of Daisy's death by ordering a database run of all deaths in California that met the ICD codes for abortion. Daisy was not a poor, ignorant woman. To the contrary, she was a systems analyst for a defense contractor. Daisy knew that abortion was legal and readily available. She had an appointment to abort her second-trimester pregnancy scheduled for April 30, 1990, at a local abortion clinic. However, for some reason, Daisy didn't wait for her appointment. On April 28, she allowed her boyfriend to insert a plastic tube into her uterus in a home-abortion attempt. Daisy died of complications of that abortion.
safe and legal abortion by Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard (pictured) at Friendship Medical Center in Chicago on April 21, 1973. Julia's death
certificate states that her death April 28 at Tabernacle Hospital was
due to "bronchopneumonia and generalized peritonitis complicating
extensive necrotizing endometritis and myometritis with sealed
perforation." In other words, she developed pneumonia on top of peritonitis. A hole had been poked in her uterus, causing an infection that made the muscle tissue of her uterus start to rot inside her. Evelyn Dudley and Dorothy Brown also died after abortions at Friendship Medical Center.
Sophia Berghusen of Brooklyn died on April 28, 1880, under the care
of the mother-and-daughter midwife team of Mrs. Mary Kaufmann and Miss
Margaret Kaufmann. The coroner concluded that Sophia had died of
abortion complications. Both the Kaufmann women were arrested and tried
but acquitted, though the sources do not say what was lacking in the
case against them.