Susan Levy was 30 years old when she underwent a safe and legal abortion at the Family Planning Associates in Mission Hills, California on April 9, 1992. FPA is a member of the National Abortion Federation. Susan, originally from Florida, was homeless and was living in a car owned by a friend. On May 19, 1992, she was found dead in that car. The cause of death was determined to be from an infection that developed from fetal tissue that was not removed during her abortion. Other women known to have died after abortion at Allred's facilities include Denise Holmes, Patricia Chacon, Mary Pena, Josefina Garcia, Lanice Dorsey, Joyce Ortenzio, Tami Suematsu, Deanna Bell, Christina Mora, Ta Tanisha Wesson, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, Kimberly Neil, Maria Rodriguez, and Chanelle Bryant.
The autopsy report for 22-year-old Joan Camp attributed her death
to "complications apparently as a result of a recent termination of
pregnancy." Joan had been found unconscious in the morning on May 18, 1985. She was
rushed to Memorial Hospital in San Leandro, California, where doctors
tried to save her life.
Their efforts were futile. Joan died the next morning, May 19, from clots in her lungs. The CDC classified Joan's death as "unknown" abortion, because they
could not find out where the abortion was done. The CDC does not count
an abortion death as a legal abortion death unless they can verify that
the person who performed the abortion was a licensed physician, or
another legally qualified medical professional in states that allow
Our final anniversary today takes us all the way back to 1958. On May 19, 28-year-old Amelia Weber died at the home of 58-year-old Dr. Charles Cobel in Brooklyn and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery. "[F]rom the privacy
of the burial and other mysterious circumstances surrounding the case,
the body, six days after interment, was ordered by the Coroner to be
exhumed for medical examination." An inquest concluded:
received an application from Mrs. Weber, who had left home for that
purpose with her husband's consent, on the 8th instant, to produce an
abortion upon her person, he did so, and violent inflammation
supervened, which baffled his skill. He then called Dr. Kertachmann,
pretending that the lungs were the seat of disease, but it was to no
revealed noting at all wrong with Amelia other than an abdominal
infection caused by the abortion and bringing about her death.
Cobel, a known abortionist, was also implicated in the deaths of Antoinette Fennor and Emma Wolfer. However, considering the state of medicine at the time, Cobel seems to have a better track record of patient safety than FPA's Steve Lichtenberg.