Abortion Deaths — C

Each wom­an’s sto­ry includes what­ev­er doc­u­men­ta­tion I can find to sub­stan­ti­ate her death. Wom­en’s Sto­ries
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All Deaths by Name 

  • Audrey C.,” June 3, 1910 Age: 31 
    • Self-induced with catheter
  • Ruby C.,” March 2, 1908 Age: 24 
    • Unspec­i­fied mid­wife; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Janyth Cald­well, Feb­ru­ary 4, 1986 Age: 36 
    • One of two deaths for Dr. Wayne Pat­ter­son; fail­ure to detect ectopic pregnancy
  • Han­nah Cal­houn, May 7, 1905 
    • Unknown per­pe­tra­tor
  • Cordelia Calkins, Feb­ru­ary 26, 1860 Age: 18 
    • Oil of tansy
  • Vel­ma Calla­han, Jan­u­ary 7, 1951 Age: 23 
    • Mas­sive abor­tion ring; lay abor­tion­ists arrested
  • Gene­va Cal­ton, July 18, 1979 Age: 21 
    • Sent home with per­fo­rat­ed uterus, bled to death; one of two dead patients for North­side Fam­i­ly Planning
  • Stel­la Cams, August 2, 1915 Age: 30 
    • Actu­al abor­tion­ist unknown, but Dr. Max­i­m­il­ian Mein­hard, involved after the fact, linked to two oth­er abor­tion deaths
  • Annette Camorat­to, May 1934 Age: 19 
    • Physi­cian charged with homi­cide, released due to lack of evidence
  • Joan Camp, May 19, 1985 Age: 22 
    • Clots in lungs; not count­ed as legal abor­tion death by CDC because they could not deter­mine if a doc­tor had done the abortion
  • Ruth Camp, Feb­ru­ary 2, 1916 
    • One of two deaths in same month linked to Dr. Ben­nett Graff; con­vict­ed but won new tri­al; Graff claimed med­ical necessity
  • Delia Camp­bell, August 10, 1922 Age: 38 
    • One of three deaths attrib­uted to Dr. George F. Slater; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Irene Camp­bell, August 9, 1927 Age: 33 
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Her­man Web­ber; indict­ed, out­come of case unknown to me
  • VivianCampbellTN.jpgVivian Camp­bell, July 7, 1950 Age: 27 
    • Per­pe­tra­tor nev­er identified
  • marla_headshot1.jpgMar­la Car­da­mone, August 16, 1989 Age: 18 
    • Bul­lied by Magee Wom­en’s Hos­pi­tal social work­er into unwant­ed abor­tion; abor­tion botched, after­care inad­e­quate; sealed set­tle­ment for survivors
  • Amelia Cardi­to, Feb­ru­ary 23, 1943 Age: 34 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed him­self by report­ing wid­ow­er shak­ing him down for funer­al expenses
  • Bertha Carl­son, Feb­ru­ary 20, 1916 Age: 19 
    • Impli­cat­ed physi­cian in deathbed state­ment; lack of pros­e­cu­tion prob­a­bly due to his ill health
  • Han­nah Carl­son, July 1, 1896 Age: 20 
    • One of over a dozen deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; acquit­tal due to lack of evi­dence Han­nah had not self-induced as Hagenow claimed
  • Hazel Carr, March 16, 1915 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Eli­no­ra Cas­sidy, March 15, 1915 Age: 22 
    • Impli­cat­ed physi­cian in deathbed state­ment; case nev­er went to trial
  • Tere­sa Causey, Decem­ber 3, 1988 Age: 17 
    • Bled to death from mul­ti­ple uter­ine lac­er­a­tions in unli­censed clin­ic; doc­tor tried to revive her with smelling salts and slap­ping her face; no legal action taken
  • Clau­dia Caven­tou, May 8, 1986 Age: 33 
    • Boyfriend heard her scream­ing while doc­tor tried to remove fetus from emp­ty uterus; doc had failed to diag­nose ectopic preg­nan­cy, which rup­tured dur­ing procedure
  • Patri­cia Cha­con, March 3, 1984 Age: 16 
    • One of 16 patients dead after abor­tions at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Asso­ciates; inter­nal injuries and hemorrhage
  • Colleen Cham­bers, May 12, 1991 Age: 34 
    • Found dead in her room after fam­i­ly request­ed land­lord do wel­fare check; blood clots after legal abortion
  • Emma Chan­dler, July 20, 1913 Age: 20 
    • Named abor­tion­ist in deathbed state­ment; legal dis­po­si­tion unknown to me
  • Euge­nie Chau­vet, Novem­ber 10, 1870 Age: 22 
    • Case thrown out because it could not be proved that Euge­nie real­ly knew she was dying when she named physi­cian in deathbed statement
  • Ying Chen, August 3, 2009 Age: 30 
    • No emer­gency equip­ment, doc­tor with his­to­ry of seri­ous prob­lems, over­dosed on lido­caine; no dis­ci­pli­nary action oth­er than ban on doing more abortions
  • “Susan­na Chisolm”, June 3, 1975 Age: 35 
    • Bled to death from punc­tured uterus; one of three deaths from abor­tions at now-defunct Biogenetics
  • Vic­to­ria Chmileus­ki, Decem­ber 31, 1917 Age: 40 
    • One of three deaths linked to mid­wife Wil­hem­i­na Benn; acquit­tal for rea­sons unknown to me
  • Joyce Chor­ney, Novem­ber 18, 1953 Age: 25 
    • Doc­tor charged; out­come of charges unknown to me
  • Alda Christo­pher­son, Feb­ru­ary 25, 1916 Age: 21 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Lil­lian Hobbs; mur­der conviction
  • Mary Eliz­a­beth Christy, Jan­u­ary 23, 1926 Age: 19 
    • Named physi­cian in deathbed state­ment; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Jen­nie Chubb, Jan­u­ary 4, 1921 Age: 21 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Car­o­line Clark, June 11, 1843 Age: 18 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Edith Clark, June 24, 1971 Age: 29 
    • Car­diac arrest after anes­thet­ic inject­ed for legal abor­tion in doc­tor’s office
  • Helen Clark, Sep­tem­ber 16, 1941 Age: 23 
    • Blind lay abor­tion­ist found guilty of abor­tion but not of manslaughter
  • Jen­nie Clark, Feb­ru­ary 25, 1879 
    • Body dumped in trunk, linked back to local doctor
  • Vir­ginia Clark, Feb­ru­ary 21, 1929 Age: 26 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of invol­un­tary manslaughter
  • Anna Clemens, April 6, 1880 Age: 26 
    • Body dumped off bridge; Dr. William G. Cox acquit­ted only to be arrest­ed lat­er for anoth­er abor­tion death
  • Gwel­dolyn Cli­ett, March 5, 1980 Age: 29 
    • Reac­tion to anes­the­sia dur­ing abor­tion per­formed in hospital
  • Mar­garet Clod­fel­ter, June 16, 1989 Age: 19 
    • Retained tis­sue and uter­ine per­fo­ra­tion; died of infec­tion; no known dis­ci­pli­nary action against doctor
  • Ida Coak­ley, Novem­ber 22, 1897 Age: 24 
    • Funer­al pro­ces­sion halt­ed for autop­sy and inquest; physi­cian pros­e­cut­ed; hung jury on first tri­al, sec­ond tri­al acquit­tal after key wit­ness fled the state
  • Flo­rence Cobb, March 6, 1921 Age: 23 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Charles Mil­liken; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Kit­ty Cody, Jan­u­ary 16, 1889 Age: 22 
    • Self-induced with abor­ti­fa­cient and unnamed instrument
  • “Glen­da Coe”, Sep­tem­ber 18, 1958 Age: 31 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Jean Cohen, Jan­u­ary 22, 1925 Age: 17 
    • One of eigh­teen deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; she was cleared for rea­son I have yet to determine
  • Mary Col­bert, March 25, 1933 Age: 21 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Emil Gleits­man; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Frances Collins, May 6, 1920 Age: 34 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed, Frances had under­gone mul­ti­ple ille­gal abor­tion pre­vi­ous­ly, but this time it was an ectopic pregnancy
  • Kather­ine Collins, July 25, 1911 Age: 23 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Nathe­lyn Collins, August 13, 1954 Age 17 
    • Rev. Clarence Loveaux, who ran abor­tion clin­ic behind his store­front church, arrest­ed; legal out­come of case unknown to me
  • Pamela Col­son, June 26, 1994 Age: 31 
    • Mul­ti­ple inter­nal lac­er­a­tion; bled to death as friends drove her home; doc­tor fired from anoth­er clin­ic but kept on at one where he per­formed Pame­la’s abortion
  • Chloe Colts, Jan­u­ary 19, 2008 Age: 26 
    • Mul­ti­ple inter­nal lac­er­a­tions; doc­tor had his­to­ry of mal­prac­tice; no dis­ci­pli­nary action that I’m aware of
  • Cor­rine Com­stock, Octo­ber 16, 1922 Age: 18 
    • Self-induced by unspec­i­fied method
  • Nao­mi Con­g­don, August 28, 1943 Age: 21 
    • Mater­ni­ty nurse con­vict­ed of first-degree manslaughter
  • Mary Con­ners, March 23, 1917 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Lizzie Cook, July 27, 1884 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of first-degree manslaughter
  • Alice Cor­bett, Octo­ber 18, 1939 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian sen­tenced to Sing-Sing
  • Andrea Corey, Feb­ru­ary 28, 1993 Age: 31 
    • Referred to clin­ic by Planned Par­ent­hood; died of gas gangrene
  • Lil­iana Cortez, Sep­tem­ber 25, 1986 Age: 22 
    • Delay in trans­port after car­diac arrest; one of three deaths at Her Med­ical Clinic
  • Edith Cote, Decem­ber 14, 1991 Age: 38 
    • Amni­ot­ic flu­id in lungs
  • Sheryl Cot­tone, July 1, 1981 Age: 23 
    • Abor­tion rec­om­mend­ed due to clot­ting disorder
  • Twila Coul­ter, Novem­ber 14, 1972 Age: 21 
    • Cere­bral hem­or­rhage — known com­pli­ca­tion of risky saline abor­tion US doc­tors con­tin­ued to use after it was aban­doned in oth­er countries
  • BarbaraCovington.pngBar­bara Cov­ing­ton, Sep­tem­ber 11, 1962 Age: 35 
    • Dr. Man­del M. Fried­man, on bail for anoth­er abor­tion death, entered plea bargain
  • Kather­ine Cross, Octo­ber 10, 1917 Age: 18 
    • One of two deaths in only nine months attrib­uted to Dr. Abra­ham H. Yates; legal out­come unclear in documents
  • Goldie Crow, July 17, 1940 Age: 28 
    • Psy­chol­o­gist Otto C. Lucy, adver­tised as doc­tor, was out on bail for anoth­er abor­tion death
  • Agnes Crowe, Feb­ru­ary 16, 1925 Age: 28 
    • Unspec­i­fied female mid­wife implicated
  • Denise Crowe, Feb­ru­ary 3, 2006 Age: 21 
    • NAF mem­ber pass­ing off his office as clin­ic, mas­sive anes­the­sia over­dose, inad­e­quate mon­i­tor­ing and resus­ci­ta­tion; med­ical license suspended
  • Mar­garet Crowe, Jan­u­ary 2, 1918 Age: 25 
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Anna Soren­son, who died while await­ing trial
  • Ethel Crow­ell, April 14, 1930 Age: 20 
    • Dr. Hans Paul­son impli­cat­ed, charges dropped, judi­cial cor­rup­tion suspected
  • Isabell Cuda, Novem­ber 12, 1952 Age: 22 
    • Unli­censed mid­wife Mary Muraws­ki con­vict­ed; pre­vi­ous­ly impli­cat­ed in anoth­er abor­tion death
  • Car­ol Cun­ning­ham, August 22, 1986 Age: 21 
    • Sui­cide by car­bon monoxide
  • Edna Cur­ran, Decem­ber, 1921 
    • Physi­cian tried; out­come of case as yet unknown to me
  • Annie Cur­tis, March 16, 1875 Age: 28 
    • On deathbed, impli­cat­ed mid­wife pos­ing as physi­cian; out­come of case as yet unknown to me
  • Mary Cusack, Jan­u­ary 9, 1918 Age: 39 
    • Physi­cian indict­ed, no trial
  • Sarah Cush­ing, Jan­u­ary 15, 1907 Age: 24 
    • Sec­ond abor­tion death linked to mid­wife Gertrude Plenz; Plenz arrest­ed but out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Cybul­s­ki, Sep­tem­ber 26, 1922 Age: 35 
    • Pro­fes­sion of per­son arrest­ed not pro­vid­ed; out­come of case unknown to me

* The Colo­nial Era