Friday, December 02, 2011

All Three Equally Dead

On December 2, 1901, the body of Rose Lefebre was found in the office of Dr. Volbending. It appeared that Rose had died from an abortion. Dr. Volbending was arrested, but she was later exonerated by a Coroner's Jury. I've been unable to determine who actually perpetrated the fatal abortion or why Rose was in Dr. Volbending's office.

On December 5, 1948, Dr. Cyril B. Babb pleaded guilty to performing a fatal abortion on 21-year-old Doris Becker the previous Wednesday in his office. Doris died 20 hours later at the apartment of a friend, Anne Martin. Anne and a bartender, George Kutrones, were held as material witnesses. Babb also admitted to performing 30 other abortions. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 to 12 years in prison for manslaughter and abortion.

During an abortion at Brooklyn Women's Medical Pavilion on December 1, 1998, 22-year-old Tamika Dowdy stopped breathing. Her fiance, sitting in the waiting room, noticed that a doctor kept walking in and out, "sweating real fierce and pacing. He did that several times, and then he finally came up to me and said that her heart had stopped." The fiance rode with Tamika to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead the following day. According to the NAF web site, Brooklyn Women's Medical Pavilion was a member facility.

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