There is very little information available about the women whose deaths we commemorate today. They died in Chicago, 3 years apart. On April 22, 1920, 28-year-old homemaker Sophie Krawczyk died in her Chicago home from an abortion perpetrated on February 27 by Mary Simkus, whose profession is listed only as "abortion provider." Simka was indicted for Sophie's death, but the case never went to trial. On April 22, 1923, 30-year-old Daisy Singerland died at Chicago's Robert Burns Hospital from complications of a criminal abortion performed earlier that day. On June 1, Dr. J.W. Lipscomb was indicted for felony murder in Daisy's death.
Nakia Jorden in 1998, Maria Leho in 1999, Maria Rodriguez in 2000, Tonya Reaves in 2012. Nakia and both Marias died after abortions at Albany Medical Surgical Center, a National Abortion Federation member whose premier physician, Steve Lichtenberg, had been chewed out at a NAF seminar for "playing Russian roulette with patients' lives." Tonya died after an abortion at Planned Parenthood.
As for the claims that prior to legalization, Chicago's hospitals had entire wards of women suffering from botched criminal abortions, in one point also claiming that half of those women died:
gynecology & obstetrics, Volume 26 By Franklin H. Martin Memorial
Foundation, American College of Surgeons, 1918 will give us a contemporary
account.Dr. Julius E. Lackner: I reported 500 cases occurring in the service
of Drs. Banga and Fninkenthal at the Michael Reese
Hospital in the years 1900 to 1914. Of these 500 cases 4 died. Five hundred cases in 15 years. That's about 34 a year or one admission every 11
days. That hardly an entire ward full of septic abortion cases. And the mortality
rate was less than 1%. And consider that this record predates blood transfusions
and antibiotics. And, keep in mind, this case load is comprised of all
women whose pregnancies ended before about six months, both naturally and due to
Looking over my own records, which are rich in Chicago deaths due to the extensive historical Chicago and Cook County records available online, I am can see that there simply were not enough investigations of
abortion deaths at hospitals in all of Chicago, much less at the one hospital,
to support the claim of entire septic abortion wards, even if you go back early in the 20th Century when, due to
the state of health and medicine, abortion deaths were far more common than they
would have been in the 1960s.
In fact, the entire Homicide in Chicago
Interactive Database indicates only at most three abortion deaths at Cook County
Hospital were investigated every year for the entire period (1870-1930) covered
by the Database. Most years there were no deaths, or one death. Though of course
the Database or its search spider may have missed some, surely they did not miss
scores of cases annually, which would have to be the case if as many women were
dying at Cook County Hospital as abortion proponents claim.