On August 6, 1975, 29-year-old Cheryl Tubbs underwent a saline abortion at Pacific Glen Hospital in Los Angeles County. A saline abortion involved using a large syringe to remove amniotic fluid from the womb and replace it with a strong salt solution that would kill the unborn baby.
Cheryl experienced heavy vaginal bleeding after this safe, legal abortion, so she was transferred to White Hospital on the evening of August 7. She continued
to bleed profusely, and twice went into cardiac arrest. Staff performed a
paracentesis on her to remove blood and fluids from her abdomen. About
an hour after midnight, staff could no longer detect any blood pressure.
For an hour they tried heart massage, to no avail. Cheryl was
pronounced dead at 2:30AM on August 8.
An autopsy revealed that Cheryl's uterus had ruptured during the abortion, spilling blood and uterine material into her abdomen. She had bled to death.
Two years later, Jackie Bailey also bled to death from a ruptured uterus caused by a saline abortion at Pacific Glen.