Abortion Deaths — B

Each wom­an’s sto­ry includes what­ev­er doc­u­men­ta­tion I can find to sub­stan­ti­ate her death. Wom­en’s Sto­ries
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  • “Kel­ly” B., August 10, 1988 Age: 19 
    • Slop­py anes­the­sia, fail­ure to resuscitate
  • Mary Bailek, Sep­tem­ber 15, 1926 Age: 23 
    • Mid­wife indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Jacque­line Bai­ley, Decem­ber 3, 1977 Age: 29 
    • Uter­ine rup­ture dur­ing risky saline abortion
  • Helen Bain, Novem­ber 20, 1925 Age: 23 
    • Sec­ond of three deaths linked to Dr. George Slater; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­garet Balch, Jan­u­ary 8, 1918 Age: 20 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Bal­czn­s­ka, June 5, 1915 Age: 25 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • May Bam­brick, Octo­ber 5, 1911 Age: 38 
    • First of two deaths linked to mid­wife Emma Schultz; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Bren­da Banks, Octo­ber 1, 1989 Age: 35 
    • Major inter­nal lac­er­a­tions; bled to death
  • Myrtha Bap­tiste, Decem­ber 18, 1982 Age: 26 
    • Third of four deaths at Wom­en’s Care Clin­ic; count­ed by CDC as ille­gal because doc­tor’s license was sus­pend­ed at the time
  • Lisa Bard­s­ley, Feb­ru­ary 17, 1995 Age: 26 
    • First of two women to bleed to death after abor­tion by Dr. John Biskind at A‑Z Wom­en’s Clinic
  • Matil­da Baringer, May 17, 1876 Age 34 
    • Mid­wife confessed
  • Cather­ine Barnard, April 6, 1969 Age: 35 
    • Physi­cian convicted
  • Ber­nice Barnes, Jan­u­ary 24, 1929 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Junette Barnes, July 8, 1988 Age: 27 
    • Mul­ti­ple inter­nal lac­er­a­tions; bled to death
  • Mar­garet Barnts, May 8, 1928 Age: 27 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Ida Bates, 1899 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist con­vict­ed of murder
  • Alber­ta Beard, March 14, 1930 Age: 29 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sarah Jane Beaver, Octo­ber 28, 1876 Age: 15 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Nor­ma Beck, April 4, 1907 Age: 32 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Ragna Beck, July 18, 1911 Age: 24 
    • Nurse or mid­wife arrest­ed; case strick­en off
  • Doris Beck­er, Decem­ber 2, 1948 Age: 21 
    • Physi­cian plead­ed guilty to manslaughter
  • Olivia Beck­er, March 19, 1915 Age 34 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Dean­na Bell, Sep­tem­ber 5, 1992 Age: 13 
    • 9th of 16 dead patients of NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Asso­ciates; mas­sive anes­the­sia overdose
  • Delia Mae Bell, March 26, 1889 Age: 14 
    • Self-induced; uniden­ti­fied abortifacient
  • Mary Bel­lville, March 8, 1889 Age: 22 
    • Pos­si­ble self-induced or ama­teur abor­tion; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Lena Benes, May 30, 1919 Age: 43 
    • First of two deaths by mid­wife Anna Heisler; con­vict­ed but released on odd technicality
  • Jemi­ma Beneway, Feb­ru­ary 13, 1858 Age: 21 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Kerne­da Ben­nett, Jan­u­ary 28, 1947 Age: c. 30 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist convicted
  • Bren­da Ben­ton, April 20, 1987 Age: 35 
    • Sec­ond of three deaths at Bio­genet­ics; sepsis
  • Marie Ben­z­ing, Feb­ru­ary 15, 1917 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; no trial
  • Mis­sao Bep­pu, Jan­u­ary 16, 1939 Age: 33 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Mar­garet Bereis, Jan­u­ary 31, 1915 Age: 20 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Sophia Berghusen, April 28, 1880 Age: 33 
    • Two mid­wives acquit­ted for rea­sons not indicated
  • Anna Berman, Feb­ru­ary 1, 1916 Age: 35 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Rosario Bermeo, June 14, 1983 Age: 30 
    • Anes­the­sia mishap dur­ing hos­pi­tal abortion
  • Mer­cedes Berriogobel
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    • Feb­ru­ary 5, 1906 Age: 15
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Lucile Ber­sworth, May 16, 1916 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian sus­pect­ed; no trial
  • “Agatha” Bertram, June, 1875 
    • Unspec­i­fied abor­ti­fa­cient pro­vid­ed by uniden­ti­fied person
  • Hughret­ta Binkley
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    • April 19, 1898 Age: 27
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Emi­ly Bin­ney, April 7, 1896 Age: 20 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Janet Blaum, March 11, 1974 Age: 37 
    • Only known death linked to for­mer crim­i­nal abor­tion­ist Dr. Sid­ney Knight; brain hemorrhage
  • Cas­san­dra Bleav­ins, Sep­tem­ber 19, 1971 Age: 20 
    • Sent home from hos­pi­tal abor­tion with inter­nal lac­er­a­tions; bled to death
  • Mil­dred Bleschke, Novem­ber 21, 1924 Age: 24 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Ida Alice Bloom, March 24, 1905 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Augus­ta Bloom, March 3, 1916 Age: 43
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to Dr. James Struble.
  • Mary Balogh, Jan­u­ary 28, 1912 Age: 28 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Kate Blust, March 12, 1909 Age: 22 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­i­an Blyth
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    • April 25, 1948 Age: 25
    • Physi­cian convicted
  • Sarah Bon­da, July 2, 1900 Age: 20 
    • Mid­wife poi­soned her­self short­ly after being arrested
  • Lin­da Boom, Sep­tem­ber 23, 1995 Age: 35 
    • Saline acci­den­tal­ly inject­ed into blood­stream dur­ing hos­pi­tal abortion
  • Mary Bor­glun, August 4, 1900 Age: 20 
    • Nurse or mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Anna Born­dal, Novem­ber 4, 1928 Age: 22 
    • Third of six deaths linked to Dr. Lou E. Davis; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Augus­ta Boschen, July 26, 1877 
    • Physi­cian fled to avoid pros­e­cu­tion; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Ida Bosen, March 22, 1926 Age: 35 
    • Self-induced with unspec­i­fied abortifacient
  • Alice Bowls­by
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    • August 26, 1871 Age: 25
    • Body dis­cov­ered in a trunk; physi­cian con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Madge Bow­man, Sep­tem­ber 8, 1923 Age: 16 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed, cleared, then arrest­ed again; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Diane Boyd, Octo­ber 24, 1981 Age: 19 
    • First of three dead patients of Dr. Robert Crist; drug interaction
  • Marie Boyens, Sep­tem­ber 11, 1881 Age: 26 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Pauline Braasch, Novem­ber 13, 1910 Age: 32 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Bradley, April 4, 1985 Age: 41 
    • First of two dead patients of Dr. George Wayne Pat­ter­son; severe bleed­ing and clot­ting problems
  • Christi­na Brecht, Feb­ru­ary 21, 1876 Age: 26 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Alma Bromps, April 15, 1931 Age: 20 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to Dr. Thomas Ney; conviction
  • Dorothy Bryant, May 31, 1986 Age: 22 
    • Anes­the­sia issues
  • Bessie Braun, April 6, 1906 Age: 22 
    • Sec­ond death linked to mid­wife Julia Gib­son, who confessed
  • Mabel Brock, Sep­tem­ber 23, 1907 Age: 27 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Min­nie Brod­er­ick, April 7, 1889 Age: 25 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Alline Brown, March 10, 1929 Age: 18 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Dorothy Brown, August 16, 1974 Age: 37 
    • Last of three known abor­tion deaths at Friend­ship Med­ical Cen­ter; uter­ine injuries
  • Irma Brown
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    • Novem­ber 15, 1901 Age: 22
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted due to pos­si­bil­i­ty that the abor­tion had been legal
  • Mabel Brown, May 15, 1915 Age 29 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Brubak­er, March 18, 1913 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; no trial
  • Ella Brunswick, March 5, 1907 Age: 24 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Chanelle Bryant, Jan­u­ary 14, 2004 Age: 22 
    • Last of 16 known deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Asso­ciates; mas­sive infec­tion after med­ical abortion
  • Mar­garet Buetel­man Octo­ber 22, 1914 
    • Dr. F. Wal­do Whit­ney con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Cora Burke, June 23, 1899 Age: 20 
    • Dr. J. J. Alcorn con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Mary Burns, July 1862 Age: c. 40 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Belin­da Byrd
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    • Jan­u­ary 27, 1987 Age: 37
    • Last of five women to die at Ingle­wood Wom­en’s Hos­pi­tal; unat­tend­ed after inter­nal injuries; bled to death
  • Martha Byzyn­s­ki, August 11, 1923 Age: 26 
    • Nurse or mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me

* The Colo­nial Era