Today there are three anniversaries from the Cemetery of Choice. All three fatal abortions were performed by doctors. One was illegal; the other two were safe and legal.
On January 9, 1918, 39-year-old Mary Cusack, a widowed homemaker, died at Chicago's West Side Hospital from septicemia caused by an abortion perpetrated that day by Dr. William A. McFarlane. He was indicted on January 15, 1918, but the case never went to trial.
Life Dynamics lists 17-year-old Sharon Davis on their "Blackmun Wall" of women killed by safe and legal abortions.
Life Dynamics says that Sharon was a high school student, 14 weeks
pregnant, when she submitted to an abortion at a hospital in Tucumcari,
New Mexico on September 20, 1982. Her uterus and bowel were perforated,
and she developed an infection.
For over three months, she was treated for her infection before she died on January 9, 1983.
Twenty-five-year-old Rita Goncalves took ill after her safe and legal abortion in late 1983.
At some point after her abortion, she was taken to Roger Williams General Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
There, she died on January 9, 1984, from abortion complications.