Saturday, July 03, 2010

Three days of July abortion deaths

I've had problems with the internet so I didn't blog deaths daily the past few days. So here's catching up for July:

July 1 anniversaries:

  • Doc implicated in deathbed statement: On Saturday, July 1, 1882, Gussie Ellergood of Carlisle, Illinois, died in a St. Louis hospital. She made a deathbed statement naming Dr. R. McWilliams as her abortionist, though McWilliams denied any knowledge of her.

  • Man sentenced for arranging fatal abortion: On July 1, 1936, Madell Williams died in a Rocky Mount, North Carolina hospital, from peritonitis caused by a criminal abortion. Melton Baker, a man Madell had been associating with for about 18 months, was found guilty of arranging the fatal abortion, and was sentenced to 3 - 5 years in prison. His conviction was upheld on appeal.

  • Three children left motherless by safe, legal abortion: "Audrey" was 44 years old when she underwent a safe and legal first-trimester abortion in New York on July 1, 1971.

  • Fatal embolism after abortion: Sheryl Cottone was 23 years old when she died from a safe and legal first trimester abortion in 1981.

    July 2:

  • One abortion, two women dead: On July 2, 1900, Mrs. Sarah Bonda, age 20, died at her home as a result of a criminal abortion performed on her there that day. When police went to arrest Mrs. Martha Heisig, a midwife, in connection with the death, she committed suicide.

    July 3:

  • House calls for aftercare prove futile for teen: Dorothy Schultz, 19 years of age, died in 1929 from an abortion her mother had arranged for a doctor to perform.
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