Abortion Deaths — M

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  • Leona M.,” Octo­ber 9, 1910 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied physician
  • Phyl­lis M.,” April 22, 1910 Age: 46 
    • Uniden­ti­fied physician
  • Dawn Mack, August 3, 1991 Age: 21 
    • One of three deaths at NAF mem­ber East­ern Wom­en’s Cen­ter; fail­ure to prop­er­ly mon­i­tor or resuscitate
  • Louise Maday, March 31, 1926 Age: 24 
    • Mid­wife held; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mil­dred Maddalone, July 26, 1944 Age 32 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • MichelleMaddenSmall.jpgMichelle Mad­den, Novem­ber 24, 1986 Age: 18 
    • Abor­tion sought for pos­si­ble fetal indi­ca­tions; fetal parts left in uterus, death from sepsis
  • Lola Mad­di­son, March 2, 1906 Age: 28 
    • One of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; case dropped due to irreg­u­lar­i­ties in indictment
  • Cather­ine Made­lopo­do, July 16, 1913 Age: 30 
    • Two physi­cians arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Car­o­line Malinken, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1861 Age: 35 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Jen­nie Mal­lard, Jan­u­ary 16, 1901 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed in deathbed state­ment; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mena Mal­let­ti, July 9, 1916 Age: 27 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Grace Mal­lone, July 12, 1918 Age: 18 
    • Two physi­cians charged; charges dis­missed when key wit­ness died dur­ing trial
  • Mrs. M. Marazak, Novem­ber 24, 1916 Age: 24 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Etta Mar­cus, March 29, 1924 Age: 30 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­sons not indi­cat­ed in source
  • Sharon Mar­grove, May 21, 1970 Age: 25 
    • Legal abor­tion; provider, method, and cause of death not noted
  • Dorothy Mar­tin, July 29, 1949 Age: 22 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist convicted
  • Eliz­a­beth Mar­tin, Feb­ru­ary 9, 1911 Age: 47 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; no trial
  • Jen­nie Mar­tin, Jan­u­ary 16, 1906 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian held by coro­ner’s jury; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Nel­lie Mar­tin, August 10, 1889 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­garet Marts, Feb­ru­ary 15, 1920 Age: 26 
    • Self-ini­ti­at­ed, fin­ished by physi­cian; found guilty of unspec­i­fied charge and fined $500
  • Veron­i­ca Maslan­ka, June 19, 1922 Age: 26 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • “Haley Mason”, April 5, 2001 Age: 22 
    • Sui­cide by drug and alco­hol overdose
  • Brid­get Mas­ter­son, Decem­ber 16, 1925 Age: 22 
    • One of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; charges dis­missed by judge
  • Clara Math­ews, Sep­tem­ber 17, 1893 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Ellen Mat­son, Novem­ber 18, 1917 Age: 29 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Lil­lian Hobbs; con­vict­ed of inten­tion­al manslaughter
  • Helen Mat­ta, 1946 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed in deathbed state­ment; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Jessie Mat­te­son, May 9, 1901 Age: 22 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; charges dis­missed because judge ruled abor­tion might have been legal
  • Cather­ine Mau, March 11, 1929 Age: 30 
    • One of two deaths linked to mid­wife Anna Heisler; con­vict­ed of murder
  • Anna Mauch, Sep­tem­ber, 1915 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­cie May­er, Decem­ber 29, 1907 Age: 19 
    • Mid­wife con­vict­ed of unspec­i­fied charge
  • Mary May­er, Feb­ru­ary 25, 1918 Age: 34 
    • Like­ly self-induced by unspec­i­fied method
  • Sheri­ka Mayo, March 21, 2008 Age: 23 
    • Injury to uterus and bow­el, death from hem­or­rhage; physi­cian fined and required to take classes
  • Gail Mazo, July 12, 1978 Age: 27 
    • Abor­tion sought due to health issues; anes­the­sia mishap; fam­i­ly set­tled out-of-court
  • Dora McBride, 1902
    • Prob­a­ble lay abor­tion­ist con­vict­ed of unspec­i­fied charge
  • Mar­garet McCarthy, May 18, 1904 Age: 18 
    • Mid­wife Gertrude Plenz arrest­ed; out­come of case unclear, sec­ond woman died three years later
  • Mary McCar­ty, Jan­u­ary, 1880 Age: 30 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Aman­da McCoy, Decem­ber 22, 1871 
    • Doc­tor sus­pect­ed but cleared
  • Sophie McCoy, Sep­tem­ber 26, 1990 Age: 17 
    • Extreme­ly unsa­vory NAF mem­ber Abu Hay­at sent her home with inter­nal injuries, infec­tion; no action tak­en until live birth of injured baby the fol­low­ing year
  • Vio­let McCormick, April 23, 1921 Age: 30 
    • Third death linked to Dr. Louise Acht­en­berg; acquit­ted, linked to fourth death
  • Mar­garet McCreary, August 21, 1915 
    • Mid­wife Marie Treylt arrest­ed; unclear legal out­come; sub­se­quent­ly linked to sec­ond death
  • Lil­lian McCul­lough, July, 1926 Age: 18 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Car­rie McDon­ald, August 1, 1922 Age: 27 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Rita McDow­ell, March 8, 1975 Age: 16 
    • Delib­er­ate­ly sent home with retained fetus by extreme­ly unsa­vory doc­tor; died of sep­sis; plea-bar­gained down from mur­der to per­jury charge by lever­ag­ing health prob­lems; moved to prac­tice in anoth­er state
  • EuniceMcElroy.pngEunice McEl­roy, Novem­ber 14, 1928 Age: 21 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Thomas Ney; out­come of case unclear
  • Myr­ia McFad­den, Decem­ber 8, 1987 Age: 28 
    • Unspec­i­fied abor­tion method; heart and lung failure
  • Kather­ine McFar­land, April 7, 1919 Age: 25 
    • No details pro­vid­ed in source
  • Mad­ly­on McGee­han, Novem­ber 18, 1942 Age: 26 
    • Physi­cian charged with homi­cide; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Geor­gia Marie McGill, Novem­ber 17, 1935 Age: 21 
    • Physi­cian tried; hung jury
  • Faye McGin­nis, Sep­tem­ber 25, 1925 Age: 23 
    • Two physi­cians indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sal­lie McGrann, 1918
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Inez McGraw, June 25, 1942 Age: 18 
    • For­mer mid­wife plead­ed guilty
  • Edith McIn­tyre, April 1, 1904 Age: 24 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • LauraMcKeeTN.jpgLau­ra McK­ee, Jan­u­ary 22, 1966 Age: 19 
    • Boyfriend, a sur­gi­cal tech­ni­cian, charged with cap­i­tal mur­der; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Evan­ge­line McKen­na, Jan­u­ary 28, 1974 Age: 38 
    • Car­diac arrest after abor­tion in hospital
  • JenniferMorbelli.pngJen­nifer McKen­na-Mor­bel­li, Feb­ru­ary 7, 2013 Age: 29 
    • Sec­ond dead patient of Dr. Leroy Carhart; delay in reach­ing doc­tor caused delay in emer­gency care; mas­sive inter­nal bleed­ing from clot­ting problems
  • KathyMcKnightTN.pngKathy McK­night, Sep­tem­ber 18, 1993 Age: 36 
    • Unspec­i­fied provider and method; pul­monary embolism
  • Kendra McLeod, June 30, 1998 Age: 22 
    • Dis­charged with inter­nal injuries from unspec­i­fied facil­i­ty; bled to death
  • Lynn McNair, March 23, 1979 Age: 24 
    • First of two dead patients of Dr. Edward Rubin; risky saline injec­tion got into blood stream caus­ing mas­sive organ damage
  • Mary McNeil, April 20, 1933 Age: 22 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Jeanette Mebzarek, Jan­u­ary 30, 1912 Age: 21 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; no trial
  • Emma Melvin, June 9, 1917 Age: 26 
    • Third death linked to Dr. Max­imil­lian Mein­hard; charged with manslaugh­ter; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Dawn Men­doza, June 29, 1988 Age: 28 
    • Sec­ond of two dead patients of Dr. Edward Rubin; delay in trans­port after amni­ot­ic flu­id embolism
  • Jane Mer­rill, Sep­tem­ber 26, 1931 
    • First of two abor­tion deaths linked to Dr. Aloy­sius Mul­hol­land; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Annie Mer­ri­man, Novem­ber 6, 1919 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sarah Messinger, April 25, 1899 Age: 30 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Yvonne Mesteth, July 27, 1985 Age: 18 
    • Sec­ond of two dead patients of Dr. Ben­jamin Mun­son; mas­sive infection
  • Natal­ie Mey­ers, Octo­ber 27, 1972 Age: 16 
    • Sec­ond of 16 abor­tion deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
  • Irene Michael­son, Jan­u­ary 7, 1922 
    • Physi­cian got 5–10 year sen­tence for unspec­i­fied charge
  • Emma Miller, Novem­ber 24, 1906 Age: 22 Chicago 
    • Iden­ti­ty of per­pe­tra­tor unknown to me at this time
  • Min­nie Miller, Jan­u­ary 17, 1912 Age: 38 
    • First of three deaths linked to Dr. Charles W. Kline­top; out­come of case unknown to me
  • MarianMillsHeadshot2.jpgMar­i­an Mills, July 10, 1934 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • SandraMiltonHeadshot.jpgSan­dra Mil­ton, April 27, 1990 Age: 23 
    • Sent home from NAF clin­ic with hole in uterus; bled to death in front of her children
  • Pamela Mod­ug­no, May 17, 1972, Age: 18 
    • Air in blood stream after legal abortion
  • Mit­sue Mohar, Sep­tem­ber 10, 1975 Age: 31 
    • Appar­ent anes­the­sia mishap in hospital
  • KarnamayaMongarSmall.jpgKar­na­maya Mon­gar, Novem­ber 20, 2009 Age: 41 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths at filthy, unin­spect­ed Wom­en’s Med­ical Soci­ety; mas­sive over­dose, fail­ure to resus­ci­tate, delay in transport
  • Mol­lie Monil­son, Sep­tem­ber 29, 1923 Age: 18 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Ruth Mon­tero, August 7, 1979 Age: 23 
    • One of four deaths at Wom­en’s Care Cen­ter; hem­or­rhage and mitral valve prolapse
  • Denise Mon­toya, May 29, 1988 Age: 15 
    • Bled to death after late abor­tion at NAF mem­ber clinic
  • Bev­er­ly Moore, July 11, 1975 Age: 15 
    • Unspec­i­fied cause of death after abor­tion in dirty clinic
  • Cleo Moore, March 28, 1942 Age: 19 
    • Physi­cian, who was golf­ing bud­dy of pros­e­cu­tor, acquitted
  • Martha Jean Moore, July 18, 1961 Age: 19 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sylvia Moore, Decem­ber 31, 1986 Age: 18 
    • Dis­charged by NAF mem­ber, with instru­ment embed­ded in uter­ine lac­er­a­tion; bled to death
  • Mary Moore­head, Novem­ber 29, 1926 Age: 25 
    • Last of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; con­vict­ed, appealed; judge shelved new tri­al due to Hagenow’s old age and ill health
  • Chris­tine Mora, Novem­ber 8, 1994 Age: 18 
    • 9th of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Asso­ciates; cer­vi­cal lac­er­a­tion, bleed­ing, and sepsis
  • JaimeLeeMoralesTN.jpgJamie Lee Morales, July 9, 2016 Age: 30 
    • Sent home with mas­sive inter­nal lac­er­a­tions; bled to death; manslaugh­ter charges filed, tri­al pending
  • Mau­ra Morales, May 8, 1981 Age: 24 
    • Last of 4 deaths at Wom­en’s Care Cen­ter; irreg­u­lar heart rhythms
  • Shel­by Moran, Sep­tem­ber 16, 1999 Age: 60 
    • Sud­den blood pres­sure spike and brain dam­age; left inca­pac­i­tat­ed; died after 21 years in nurs­ing home
  • Doris Mor­ris, March 12, 1943 age 20 
    • Mid­wife charged with mur­der; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Eliz­a­beth Mor­ris, 1855
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Emma Mor­ris, July 16, 1903 Age: 29 
    • Self-induced with instru­ment pro­vid­ed by friend
  • Lil­lian Mor­ris, Jan­u­ary 19, 1930 Age: 19 
    • Den­tist Mil­ton A. Gris­som, out on bail await­ing tri­al for anoth­er abor­tion death, arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Kathryn Morse, Sep­tem­ber 3, 1972 Age: 20 
    • Risky saline abor­tion in hos­pi­tal; sep­sis and shock
  • Kel­ly Morse, June 22, 1996 Age: 32 
    • Giv­en lido­caine after indi­cat­ing aller­gy; care and trans­port delayed; no dis­ci­pli­nary action
  • Vio­let Morse, August 1, 1929 Age: 22 
    • One of three deaths linked to sur­gi­cal nurse Gertrude Pitka­nen; no arrest made
  • Loret­ta Mor­ton, Jan­u­ary 3, 1984 Age: 16 
    • Pul­monary embolism; provider and abor­tion method not indicated
  • Eva Moy­er, August 4, 1942 Age 18 
    • Mid­wife con­vict­ed of mur­der by abortion
  • Anna Mueller, June 25, 1911 Age: 20 
    • First of two deaths linked to Dr. George Lotz; indict­ed, admit­ted guilt, cen­sored by med­ical soci­ety, but no crim­i­nal prosecution
  • Emi­ly Mueller, Decem­ber 21, 1926 Age: 15 
    • First of two deaths linked to mid­wife Magde­lane Stege­man; indict­ed for felony mur­der; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mrs. Lewis Muncie, August 13, 1873 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Stel­la Mur­ga­troyd, Jan­u­ary 30, 1904 Age: 27 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed in deathbed state­ment; charges filed, out­come of case unknown to me
  • Anna Mur­phy, April 1, 1911 Age: 23 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Brid­get Mur­phy, June 18, 1914 Age: 39 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Kathy Mur­phy, Sep­tem­ber 8, 1973 Age: 17 
    • One of five deaths at Ingle­wood Wom­en’s Hos­pi­tal; sepsis
  • Mar­garet Mus­cia, August 28, 1926 Age: 44 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Dorothy Muzore­wa, August 23, 1974 Age: 25 
    • Dis­charged with infec­tion and bleed­ing; hem­or­rhage death
  • Hat­tie Myers, March 18, 1888 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Hat­tie Mae Myers, March 7, 1922 Age: 19 
    • Sec­ond of 6 deaths linked to Dr. Charles C. Keester; impli­cat­ed in deathbed state­ment which was chal­lenged and thus charges dropped

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