Abortion Deaths — L

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 

  • Mary Ann Lafa­vor, August 23, 1870 Age: 15 
    • Unspec­i­fied abor­ti­fa­cient pro­vid­ed by landlord
  • Gise­lene Lafan­tant, Octo­ber 28, 1993 Age: 25 
    • Heart fail­ure after abor­tion by Dr. Sch­er at Gynecare
  • Emma Laisure, July 7, 1941 Age: 27 
    • Dr. Nathaniel Schafn­er con­vict­ed of murder
  • Edna Lamb, Feb­ru­ary 17, 1917 Age: 20 
    • Case against physi­cian dropped due to issues with deathbed statement
  • Mar­i­an Lang, Novem­ber 11, 1909, Age: 29 
    • Physi­cian indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Lareau, Novem­ber 1918 Age: 15 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Har­ri­et Larocque, April 25, 1902, Age 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Asun­ta LaRosa, May 5, 1938 Age: 30 
    • Fatal abor­tion per­pe­trat­ed while sus­pect was await­ing sen­tenc­ing in anoth­er abor­tion case
    • Out­come of LaRosa case unknown to me
  • Min­nie Lath­an, Sep­tem­ber 25, 1978 Age: 41 
    • Unspec­i­fied facility
    • Uter­ine per­fo­ra­tion; fatal infection
  • Mary Law­son, Octo­ber 6, 1904 Age: 33 
    • Dr. Alois Rass­mussen con­vict­ed of mur­der; acquit­ted on appeal
  • Julia Lawynow­icz, Octo­ber, 1915 
    • Physi­cian and mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Beu­lah LeClair, Decem­ber 2, 1945 Age: 18 
    • Dr. James Unowawa admit­ted to abor­tion, suc­cess­ful­ly argued med­ical necessity
    • Anoth­er dead patient nine years later
  • Josephine LeClear, April 19, 1874 Age: 24 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Bet­ty Ledel, Octo­ber 19, 1954 Age: 27 
    • Natur­opath Sylvia Red­man confessed
  • Nan­cy Jo Lee, April 25, 1932 Age: 17 
    • One of at least four deaths linked to Dr. Richard Thacker
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Rose Lefebre, Decem­ber 1, 1901 Age: 33 
    • Unli­censed mid­wife sus­pect­ed and released
    • No oth­er sus­pect identified
  • Mary Ellen Legge, June 1, 1938 Age: 24 
    • Otto Lucy, pos­ing as physi­cian, confessed
    • Anoth­er woman died while dis­po­si­tion of case was pending
  • Maria Leho, June 11, 1999 Age: 26 
    • 12th of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
    • Mul­ti­ple fail­ures in anes­the­sia care, mon­i­tor­ing, resuscitation
  • Ruth Lemaire, April 30, 1917 Age: 24 
    • Sec­ond of three deaths linked to Dr. Lil­lian Hobbs
    • No pros­e­cu­tion, like­ly due to mur­der con­vic­tions in the oth­er two deaths
  • Eliz­a­beth Lem­backer, Jan­u­ary 20, 1910 Age: 27 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Bar­bara Lern­er, April 18, 1981 Age: 30 
    • Unspec­i­fied facil­i­ty; infec­tion death
  • Susan Levy, May 19, 1992 Age: 30 
    • 8th of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
    • Home­less woman, found dead in friend’s car from infec­tion due to retained fetal parts
  • Annabel­la Lewis, Jan­u­ary 28, 1918 Age: 27 
    • Self-induced with slip­pery elm bark
  • Cora Lewis, Decem­ber 3, 1983 Age: 23 
    • 4th of 6 deaths at Ingle­wood Wom­en’s Hospital
    • Uter­ine infec­tion pro­gress­ing to pneumonia
  • Mrs. George Lib­by, Novem­ber 28, 1888 Age: 18 
    • Abor­ti­fa­cient bought from trav­el­ing med­i­cine salesman
  • Stel­la Licher­man, Feb­ru­ary, 1928 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Har­ri­et Licht­en­berg, Octo­ber 18, 1942 Age: 23 
    • Dr. Hen­ry Katz plead­ed guilty
  • Rose Lieber­man, April 16, 1920 Age: 24 
    • First of two deaths linked to Dr. Her­man J. Webber
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mrs. Lin­coln, 1837
    • Abor­ti­fa­cient pro­vid­ed by physician
  • Anna Lindquist, August 19, 1917 Age: 31 
    • Mid­wife acquit­ted for rea­sons not specified
  • Flo­rence Lindquist, April 26, 1914 Age: 18 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed in deathbed statement
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­garet Lin­strom, Novem­ber 12, 1917 Age: 22 
    • Sec­ond of three deaths linked to Dr. Anna Sorenson
    • Soren­son died in jail await­ing tri­al for third death
  • Sara Lint, August 12, 1970 Age: 22 
    • First of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
    • Hys­tero­to­my abor­tion (sim­i­lar to C‑section) failed to remove fetus
  • Rose Lip­n­er, Jan­u­ary 29, 1936 Age: 32 
    • Dr. Maxwell C. Katz admit­ted to abor­tion; claimed med­ical necessity
  • Maria Lira, Octo­ber 16, 1974 Age: 19 
    • Dead fetus left in uterus dur­ing abor­tion at Rive­ria Hospital
    • Death from infection
  • Martha Lock­doy, Sep­tem­ber 1857 Age: 18 
    • Abor­ti­fa­cient sold by “Indi­an doctress”
  • Bar­bara Lofrumento
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    • June 3, 1962, Age: 19
    • Dis­mem­bered and flushed down toilet
    • Dr. Har­vey Lothringer extra­dit­ed from Europe; plead­ed guilty to manslaughter
  • Suzanne Logan, Decem­ber 1, 1992 Age: 34 
    • Fail­ures in anes­the­sia, mon­i­tor­ing, resuscitation
    • Lan­guished, mute and par­a­lyzed, 3 years until death
    • Sec­ond of two sim­i­lar deaths of Dr. Gideon Kioko, Hillview Wom­en’s Med­ical Sur­gi­cal Center
  • Helen Long, Feb­ru­ary 23, 1916 Age: 25 
    • Physician/husband impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Diana Lopez
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    • Feb­ru­ary 28, 2002 Age: 25
    • Inter­nal lac­er­a­tions dur­ing rushed abor­tion at Planned Par­ent­hood; bled to death
  • Lin­da Lovelace, July 16, 1980 Age: 21 
    • Unspec­i­fied facility
    • Uter­ine per­fo­ra­tion, sepsis
  • Leona Love­less, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1905 Age: 17 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Lot­tie Lowy, July 26, 1925 Age: 27 
    • 15th of 18th death linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Elva Loza­da, April 9, 1964 Age 27 
    • Unspec­i­fied pro­ce­dure and cause of death
    • Abor­tion in unspec­i­fied Cal­i­for­nia hospital
  • Deb­o­rah Lozin­s­ki, June 21, 1985 Age: 17 
    • Mis­han­dled anes­the­sia; two month coma before death
    • Dr. Scheininger, Med­ical Care Center
  • Mar­jorie Luensman, May 22, 1929 Age 27 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Cather­ine Lurandows­ki, Feb­ru­ary 28, 1918 Age: 27 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me

* The Colo­nial Era