Saturday, October 23, 2010

Today's Anniversaries

  • Emilie Nohavec: Emilie was 19 years old when she died on October 23, 1913, from complications of an abortion eventually attributed to midwife Emma Bickel.

    You can visit Emilie's memorial at Find-a-Grave.

  • Katherine DiDonato: On October 16, 1936, 26-year-old Katherine was admitted to Roosevelt Hospital to be treated for complications of a criminal abortion. Katherine's husband reported that three days earlier, Katherine had bought pills from drug clerk Hyman Kantor, who had then recommended Dr. Aloysius Mulholland to perform an abortion. Katherine died at 2:00 a.m. on October 23. Both Mulholland and Kantor were arrested and charged with homicide.

  • Diane Boyd: Diane, age 19, was pregnant after being raped at the institution where she lived due to her mental retardation. An abortion was arranged for her at National Abortion Federation member Reproductive Health Services. There, on October 22, 1981, high-profile NAF member Robert Crist administered medications that reacted with Diane's usual medication, thorazine, causing her to stop breathing. Diane's mother said that the clinic lacked heart monitoring equipment or resuscitation equipment. Diane was pronounced dead the next day.

    Diane was not the last woman to die after abortion by Crist. Seventeen-year-old Latatchie Veal bled to death after an abortion by Crist in 1991. Twenty-two-year-old Nichole Williams died of DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy) after an abortion by Crist in 1997.

    As for RHS, they performed an abortion on fourteen-year-old Sandra Kaiser in 1984 without her mother's knowledge or consent. Sandra's already fragile mental health deteriorated further, and she committed suicide shortly thereafter by throwing herself into traffic.

    For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:

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