Very little is on record about the death of 17-year-old Gertrude Wynants. According to the New York Times, Gertrude died on July 22, 1925, of a criminal abortion. Mrs. Margaret Shott Higgens, age 25, was indicted for manslaughter in Gertrude's death.
On July 22, 1974, twenty-two-year-old Carole Wingo died of a Demerol over dose during a safe and legal abortion at Mercy General Hospital in Detroit. Despite the name, Mercy was not a general hospital. It was an abortion
hospital. It was also a hospital in big trouble even before Carole's
death. The Michigan Public Department of Health had cited Mercy for 43
violations of nursing standards and 12 violations of physical plant
standards in October of 1973, and had withheld their license. Among the
violations were that the operating room lacked a cardiac monitor, a
resuscitator, and a defibrillator. Carole's mother filed suit against the facility and doctors David Northcross, Chuk Nwokedi, and Robert Wolf.
I find it very telling that Gertrude's abortionist was indicted for manslaughter, whereas in spite of appalling conditions, Carole's abortionist only faced a lawsuit. Clearly it wasn't Carole or her family that benefited from legalization.