Two Typical Chicago Abortions
On August 14, 1908, 23-year-old homemaker Bertha Isserstadt died at Chicago's Evangelical Deconesses'
Hospital from complications of an abortion perpetrated on August 5. A woman named Margaret Wiedman,
age 39, was held by the coroner, but eventually acquitted for reasons
not given in the source document. Wiedman's profession was given as
"abortion provider". Given the plethra of abortionist-midwives in Chicago at the time, it's likely that Wiedman was one. Weidman insisted that she had been summoned to Bertha's home on June 13
and asked to perform an abortion but she had refused. Bertha's death,
she said, was caused by eating green apples.
On August 19, 1917, 31-year-old seamstress Anna Lindquist died at Chicago's County Hospital from a criminal abortion perpetrated that day, reportedly by nurse/midwife Katherine Schmidt. Schmidt was tried in Anna's death but acquitted on February 28, 1918 for reasons not indicated on the source document.
Self-Induced in Oklahoma, 1937
Ruth Haught, a 30-year-old widow, died at University Hospital in
Hobart, Oklahoma, on August 19, 1937, of blood poisoning from an
apparent self-induced abortion.
One of At Least 16, California, 1988
Documents regarding Tami Suematsu, age 19, alleged that she underwent a safe and legal abortion by Vern Wagner at Riverside Family Planning Center in Los Angeles on August 19, 1988. Tami went into
bronchial spasm and asthma-related respiratory failure then cardiac
arrest. She was transported to a hospital, but died shortly after
Riverside Family Planning was a Family Practice Associates Medical Group facility and thus a member of the prestigious National Abortion Federation. Other patients known to have died after abortion at FPA facilities include Denise Holmes, Patricia Chacon, Mary Pena, Josefina Garcia, Lanice Dorsey, Joyce Ortenzio, Deanna Bell, Susan Levy, Christina Mora, Ta Tanisha Wesson, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, Kimberly Neil, Maria Rodriguez, and Chanelle Bryant.