Abortion Deaths — PQ

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

  • Lin­da Pad­field, June 18, 1973 Age: 28 
    • First of two sim­i­lar cas­es with Dr. Ben­jamin Mun­son, Rapid City, SD
    • Sep­sis from muti­lat­ed fetus left in uterus; acquit­ted of manslaughter
  • Made­line Paf­frath, July 21, 1907 Age: c. 21 
    • Two mid­wives impli­cat­ed; out­come of cas­es unknown to me
  • Mary Ann Page, Decem­ber 29, 1977 Age: 36 
    • Car­diac arrest dur­ing abor­tion at unspec­i­fied facility
  • Mary Ann Page , March 27, 1940 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Anna Palan­s­ki, July, 1943 Age: 20 
    • Mid­wife named in deathbed state­ment; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Eliz­a­beth Palum­bo, May 23, 1929 Age: 24 
    • Dr. Amante Ronget­ti, out on bail pend­ing new tri­al for pre­vi­ous abor­tion death
  • Mar­garet Pank, Feb­ru­ary 24, 1915 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Parad­ows­ki, Decem­ber 20, 1926 Age: 23 
    • Mid­wife indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Pare­dez, April 19, 1977 Age: 26 
    • Uterus per­fo­rat­ed dur­ing abor­tion at San Jose Hospital
    • Hem­or­rhage death
  • Bert­er Mae Parish, July 18, 1918 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Patri­cia Parish, Sep­tem­ber 8, 1947 Age: 26 
    • Unspec­i­fied abor­ti­fa­cient obtained from undis­closed source
  • Mary Park
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    • August 14, 1917 Age: 24
    • Dr. Nicholas J. Phe­lan acquit­ted for rea­son of insanity
    • Dr. E.L. Willis con­vict­ed of murder
  • “Sher­ryl Park­er”, Novem­ber 22, 1978 Age: 18 
    • Ver­i­fied self-induced with pen­ny­roy­al oil
  • May Par­menter, June 10, 1891 Age: 21 
    • Unspec­i­fied physi­cian; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Vio­la Parr, March 1, 1919 Age: 24 
    • Dr. W. G. Waters convicted
  • Hol­ly Patterson
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    • Sep­tem­ber 17, 2003 Age: 18
    • Sep­sis from med­ica­tion abor­tion at Planned Par­ent­hood, River­side, CA
  • Lizzie Paul­son, Novem­ber 24, 1907 Age: 38 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Shirley Payne, Jan­u­ary 4, 1983 Age: 33 
    • Last of four deaths at Wom­en’s Care Clinic
    • Bled to death from per­fo­rat­ed uterus
    • Count­ed as ille­gal abor­tion death by CDC because Dr. Hipoli­to Bar­reiro was not active­ly licensed
  • Agnes Pear­son, July 29, 1941 Age: 34 
    • Two physi­cians charged; charges dis­missed for rea­sons not pro­vid­ed in documents
  • Christi­na Pear­son, Decem­ber 24, 1908 Age: 38 
    • Physi­cian charged; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Peck­man, Feb­ru­ary 19, 1916 Age: 24 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Pena, Decem­ber 16, 1984 Age: 43 
    • 3rd of 16 deaths at NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
    • Bled to death from cer­vi­cal lacerations
  • Lav­ern Perez, Jan­u­ary 28, 1943 Age 22 
    • Dr. Hen­ry Gross con­vict­ed of manslaughter
    • Sec­ond dead patient in one month time span
  • DaNette Per­gus­son, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1992 Age: 19 
    • High-risk abor­tion done as out­pa­tient by Dr. Robert Tamis
    • Blood clots in lungs
  • Sel­ma Per­ry, March 9, 1952 Age 19 
    • Lay abor­tion­ists Clarence Mueller and Elsie Schaff convicted
  • Car­rie Per­son, March 25, 1909 Age: 37 
    • Mid­wife Car­o­line Mey­er also under indict­ment of anoth­er abor­tion death
    • Hung jury
  • Grace Peters, April 10, 1912 Age: 38 
    • Unde­ter­mined if self-induced or oth­er perpetrator
  • Eri­ka Peter­son, July 23, 1961 Age: 28 
    • Legal abor­tion for mater­nal indications
    • Car­diac arrest
  • Ida Peter­son, Sep­tem­ber 10, 1908 Age 27 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sophie Peter­son, Novem­ber 30, 1926 Age: 34 
    • Physi­cian indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Car­oli­na Petritz, March 19, 1916 Age: 30 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Juli­et Pot­tinger , Jan­u­ary 7, 1901 Age: 21 
    • Dr. Mag­gie Beck­er convicted
  • Mag­dale­na Philip­pi, March 16, 1869 
    • Dr. Gabriel Wolff not pros­e­cut­ed due to inabil­i­ty to prove quickening
    • Law changed to remove pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al barrier
  • Ruth Phillips, June 25, 1882 Age: 20 
    • Father arrest­ed for inces­tu­ous rape and abor­tion; final out­come of case unknown to me
  • Marie Pick­les, Decem­ber 19, 1921 Age: 18 
    • Nurse or mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Beu­lah Pick­er­ill, August 13, 1922 Age: 21 
    • Two physi­cians named in deathbed state­ment; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Pich­man, Feb­ru­ary 19, 1915 Age: 24 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Cather­ine Pierce, Octo­ber 10, 1989 Age: 27 
    • Slop­py anes­the­sia prac­tices by Dr. Daniel McBray­er at Atlanta Surgi-Center
    • In coma 7 months until death
  • Nina Pierce
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    • Feb­ru­ary 15, 1925 Age: 22
    • 13th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow
  • Gertrude Pin­sky, April 4, 1954 Age: 35 
    • Dr. Hugo Francese con­vict­ed of first-degree manslaughter
  • Ida Pomer­ing, March 23, 1905 Age: 30 
    • Physi­cian or mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Car­rie Pol­li­son, March 12, 1915 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Kat­ri­na Poole, Decem­ber 6, 1988 Age: 16 
    • Unspec­i­fied physi­cian’s office
    • Dis­charged with uter­ine per­fo­ra­tions; bled to death
  • Genevieve Popjoy, Sep­tem­ber 12, 1917 Age: 20 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Bet­tye Porter, June 17, 1953 Age: 24 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist Nor­man Wade Austin convicted
  • Emma Post, June 11, 1857 Age: 20 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Yvette Poteat, July 29, 1985 Age: 26 
    • Dr. Mar­i­on Dorn Jr., The Ladies Clinic
    • Fail­ure to diag­nose ectopic pregnancy
  • Anna Poza­je­vich, Novem­ber 23, 1909 Age: 24 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Prestkiewicz , 1909 Age: 17 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Vanes­sa Preston
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    • Jan­u­ary 22, 1980 Age: 22
    • Dr. Cur­tis Boyd, Dal­las, TX
    • Embolism-trig­gered clot­ting dis­or­der; hem­or­rhage death
  • Ida Prochnow, Feb­ru­ary 20, 1906 Age: 35 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Emi­ly Pro­jahn, Octo­ber 9, 1916 Age: 33 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; case strick­en off for rea­sons not provided
  • Mary Put­nam, March 14, 1905 Age: 27 
    • 10th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow
    • Out­come of case unclear
  • Mol­ly Quin­by, May 31, 1915 
    • Last of 7 self-induced abor­tions by unspec­i­fied means

* The Colo­nial Era