On December 29, 1907, 19-year-old Marcie Mayer died in St. Elizabeth's hospital in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion. Mary Bing, a midwife, was arrested, tried, and sentenced to Joliet. A man named John Mansfield was also held by the coroner's jury, but acquitted by the judge. Marcie's abortion was atypical in that it was not performed by a physician.
"Beth" was 23 years old when she traveled from Massachusetts to take advantage of New York's liberalized abortion law in 1971. Beth's doctor
chose saline abortion, which is performed by injecting a strong salt
solution into the amniotic fluid. The fetus inhales and swallows the
fluid, which causes massive internal bleeding and death. The woman then
goes into labor. The abortion was initiated by injecting saline
into Beth's uterus. But instead of the amniotic sac, the saline went
into Beth's bloodstream. Beth immediately began to have seizures and
went into a coma. She was pronounced dead on December 29, 1971.
Mary Ann Page is one of the women Life Dynamics identifies on their "Blackmun Wall" as having been killed by a safe and legal abortion. She was 36 years
old when she went into cardiac arrest during an abortion/tubal ligation
performed under general anesthesia on December 28, 1977. Both procedures were completed, then Mary Ann was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke's Hospital. Mary Ann suffered several more cardiac arrests while she was in the ICU. She was pronounced dead on December 29, 1977.
On December 29, 1987, 31-year-old Sheila Watley had a safe, legal abortion at Concerned Women's Center in Houston, Texas. She was 17 weeks pregnant, and had one child. The abortion was performed byDr. Richard Cunningham.
About four minutes into the procedure, Sheila went into cardio-respiratory arrest. She was pronounced dead later that day.
The cause of death was listed as an amniotic fluid embolism, which is when fluid from the uterus gets into the woman's blood stream.
From a search on information about Cunningham's license, a lawsuit was
filed against him that might have pertained to Sheila's death; the case
in question was dismissed, according to information Cunningham gave the
Texas medical board.
Hoa Thuy "Vivian" Tran, like Holly Patterson,
got abortion drugs at a Planned Parenthood. Vivian was 22 years old,
and died December 29, 2003, six days into the abortion process. She‘d
been given the drugs on December 23 at the Costa Mesa Planned Parenthood
facility. The autopsy showed that she died of sepsis. Vivian‘s husband is suing the drug company, Planned Parenthood of Orange
and San Bernadino Counties, and The Population Council Inc., in Orange
County Superior Court.
Planned Parenthood spokesperson Kimberlee Ward said that PP has
"absolute confidence in this method of abortion," which is hardly
surprising. After all, Vivian‘s fetus died, leaving PP with nothing to
Other women identified as having died of infection deaths after RU-486 deaths in the Los Angeles area: Chanelle Bryant, and Oriane Shevin. Chanelle got her abortion drugs at a Planned Parenthood, and Oriane and Vivian got theirs from National Abortion Federation members.