Abortion Deaths — D

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 

  • Sadie D.,” Decem­ber 22 or 23, 1909 Age: 39 
    • Sus­pect­ed abor­tion, unknown perpetrator
  • Bet­ty Dam­a­to, Feb­ru­ary 25, 1980 Age: 26 
    • Know­ing­ly sent home with retained fetus; infection
  • Mary Ann Dancy
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    • July 27, 1990 Age: 32
    • Sent home with lac­er­at­ed cervix; bled to death
  • Rober­ta Danks
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    • Feb­ru­ary 17, 1949 Age: 28
    • Impli­cat­ed physi­cian died dur­ing inves­ti­ga­tion; acces­so­ry plead­ed guilty
  • Min­nie Darage, Octo­ber 17, 1882 Age: 20 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Angel Dard­ie, August 3, 1982 Age: 22 
    • Clot­ting prob­lems trig­gered by risky saline abortion
  • Mary Davies, Decem­ber 9, 1956 Age: 26 
    • Dr. Robert Spencer acquit­ted on grounds fetus may have died before abor­tion was initiated
  • Bar­bar­alee Davis, June 14, 1977 Age: 18 
    • Sent home from NAF clin­ic with uter­ine lac­er­a­tion; bled to death
  • Del­la Davis, May 18, 1925 Age: 25 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Glen­da Davis, March 14, 1989 Age: 31 
    • Inter­nal injuries; trans­ferred to hos­pi­tal in car; bled to death
  • Kathy Davis, Feb­ru­ary 6, 1987 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied facil­i­ty, unspec­i­fied abor­tion method; heart failure
  • Mar­garet Davis, July 15, 1972 Age: 33 
    • Sick­le cell cri­sis trig­gered by abortion
  • Sharon Davis, Jan­u­ary 9, 1983 Age: 17 
    • Uter­ine per­fo­ra­tion dur­ing abor­tion at hospital
  • Nan­cy Daw­son, March 21, 1927 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian and mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of cas­es unknown to me
  • Mar­garet Ruth Day, Jan­u­ary 12, 1928 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Catharine DeBreux­al, Feb­ru­ary 20, 1856 Age: 17 
    • First of four deaths linked to Dr. Charles Cobel; acquit­ted on tech­ni­cal­i­ty regard­ing deathbed statement
  • Min­nie Deer­ing, Jan­u­ary 25, 1891 Age 23 
    • 4th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; attor­ney got judge to strike off case
  • Annie DeG­roote, Sep­tem­ber 29, 1917 Age: 27 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed, no trial
  • Arlin del­la Cruz, Octo­ber 15, 1992 Age: 19 
    • Sui­cide by hang­ing after abortion
  • Eve­lyn Del­lor­to, July 26, 1930 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­son not indi­cat­ed in source
  • Anna Den­nin, August 27, 1909 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case not known to me
  • Syn­thia Den­nard, Sep­tem­ber 7, 1989 Age: 24 
    • Last of three known deaths at Bio­genet­ics; uter­ine artery sev­ered; bled to death
  • Emma Dep, August 24, 1888 
    • 4th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; no evi­dence of seri­ous inves­ti­ga­tion made
  • Louise Der­chow, August 21, 1887 Age: 23 
    • First of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; 2 hung juries, one acquit­tal after death of pri­ma­ry wit­ness; Hagenow relo­cat­ed to Chicago
  • Alerte Desanges, Sep­tem­ber 16, 1994 Age: 36 
    • Sud­den embolism dur­ing abor­tion by Dr. David Gluck at Choic­es Wom­en’s Med­ical Cen­ter in Queens.
  • Mari­na Deschapell, August 17, 1978 Age: 34 
    • Unex­plained death imme­di­ate­ly after abortion
  • Rosa Device, May 5, 1878 Age: c. 26 
    • Unspec­i­fied abortifacient
  • Helen Devo­ra, Novem­ber 22, 1917 Age: 20 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Vio­let Dian­calana, Feb­ru­ary 17, 1929 Age: 25 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Patri­cia Dick­in­son, August 11, 1946 Age: 18 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist Theo Kilmer plead­ed guilty
  • Kather­ine DiDo­na­to, Octo­ber 23, 1936 Age: 26 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to Dr. Aloy­sius Mul­hol­land; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Cecelia Dieber, July 31, 1918 Age: 20 
    • Dr. Her­man Span­gler plead­ed guilty
  • Annie Dier, 1885
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Bar­bara Dil­lon, May 11, 1981 Age: 22 
    • Fail­ure to detect ectopic preg­nan­cy by Dr. Mark Sil­ver at Long Island Gyne­co­log­i­cal Group
  • Eleanor Dil­lon, Decem­ber 14, 1916 Age: 19 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­son not specified
  • Anna Marie Dim­ford, Sep­tem­ber 29, 1915 Age: 21 
    • Physi­cian and mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of cas­es unknown to me
  • Mary Dix, Novem­ber 30, 1874 Age: 25 
    • Appar­ent self-induced by unspec­i­fied method
  • Rosi­na Doerr, Sep­tem­ber 5, 1887 Age: 34 
    • Mid­wife acquit­ted for rea­sons not specified
  • Agnes Dohrer, July 3, 1918 Age: 17 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Bertha Dom­brows­ki, Feb­ru­ary 23, 1917 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Donigan, Feb­ru­ary 6, 1870 Age: 22 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Annie Doran, July 12, 1889 Age 24 
    • Sources unclear; pos­si­bly self-induced with abortifacient
  • Annie Dories, June 26, 1888 Age: 16 
    • Third of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; 3 hung juries, simul­ta­ne­ous pros­e­cu­tion for anoth­er case; Hagenow relo­cat­ed to Chicago
  • Laniece DorseyFeb­ru­ary 6, 1986 Age: 17 
    • 5th of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Asso­ciates; anes­the­sia mishap
  • Mary Jane Douds, May 21, 1900 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Tami­ka Dowdy
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    • Decem­ber 2, 1998 Age: 22
    • Unclear chain of events at NAF mem­ber Brook­lyn Wom­en’s Med­ical Pavilion
  • Mary Doyle, Octo­ber 2, 1867 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Gwen­dolyn Drum­mer, Jan­u­ary 31, 1972 Age: 15 
    • Saline got into blood­stream dur­ing hos­pi­tal abortion
  • Anjel­i­ca Duarte, Novem­ber 1, 1991 Age: 21 
    • Abor­tion rec­om­mend­ed for health rea­sons; delayed care for hemorrhage
  • Eve­lyn Dud­ley, March 16, 1973 Age: 38 
    • First of three deaths at Friend­ship Med­ical Cen­ter; rup­tured cervix and vagina
  • Mar­garet Dwyer, May 24, 1912 Age: 24 
    • Prob­a­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Clara Duvall
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    • March 27, 1929 Age: 32
    • Uncon­firmed self-induced with knit­ting needle

* The Colo­nial Era