Abortion Deaths — R

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 

  • Cathy R.,” Octo­ber 13, 1908 Age: 19 
    • Self-induced with catheter
  • Annie Raabe, April 4, 1907 Age: 33 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • ElizabethRatcliffeSmall.jpgEliz­a­beth Rad­cliffe, July 21, 1916 Age: 17 
    • Boyfriend charged for attempt­ing fatal abor­tion with syringe full of air; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Kate Rado­c­hous­ki, Jan­u­ary 23, 1925 Age: 34 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Sonia Rag­gins, Jan­u­ary 5, 1930 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Rahn, Octo­ber 1, 1908 Age: 21 
    • Mid­wife tried, acquit­ted for rea­sons not giv­en in sources
  • Angela Raia, March 25, 1916 
    • Cir­cum­stances unclear as to who was per­pe­tra­tor; physi­cians sued
  • Gene Raligh, Sep­tem­ber 18, 1929 Age: 21 
    • Physi­cian sued by fam­i­ly; I have no knowl­edge of crim­i­nal case
  • VirginiaRappeSmall.jpgVir­ginia Rappe, Sep­tem­ber 9, 1921 Age: 25 
    • Pro­fes­sion­al extor­tion­ist claimed actor Roscoe “Fat­ty” Arbuck­le caused death via rape; repro­duc­tive organs removed and destroyed by sus­pect­ed abor­tion­ist dur­ing unau­tho­rized autop­sy; Arbuck­le acquit­ted and giv­en writ­ten apol­o­gy by jurors for his ordeal
  • Dawn Ravenell, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1985 Age: 13 
    • One of three deaths at NAF mem­ber East­ern Wom­en’s Cen­ter; left unat­tend­ed after begin­ning to choke; died after sev­er­al days in hospital
  • Ann Regan, August 14, 1858 Age: 18
  • TonyaReaves.jpgTonya Reeves, July 21, 2012 Age: 24 
    • Planned Par­ent­hood delayed seek­ing care for hem­or­rhage; bled to death
  • Jeanette Red­er Decem­ber 12, 1930 Age: 22 
    • Sec­ond of three deaths linked to Dr. Emil Gleits­man; acquit­ted for rea­sons not indicated
  • Har­ri­et Reece, March 16, 1899 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian convicted
  • InezReedSmall.jpgInez Reed, March 7, 1919 Age: 28 
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Ephraim North­cott; con­vict­ed of murder
  • Frances Rein­hardt, July 17, 1917 Age: 34 
    • Non-physi­cian pos­ing as doc­tor arrest­ed; no trial
  • Beu­lah Rehm, Jan­u­ary 13, 1915 Age: 23 
    • Died while Dr. Arthur Blunt was on bail pend­ing tri­al for anoth­er abor­tion death; out­come of both cas­es unknown to me
  • Ester Reid, June 8, 1914 Age: 17 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; no trial
  • Julia Renacheve, May 16, 1883 Age: 21 
    • Body exhumed to reveal real cause of death as abor­tion; mid­wife tried; hung jury
  • Car­o­line Repri­tis, March 20, 1916 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; no trial
  • Arhne Reynolds, April 5, 1927 
    • Physi­cian indict­ed; no trial
  • Jacque­line Reynolds, Sep­tem­ber 5, 1986 Age: 22 
    • Inad­e­quate oxy­gen dur­ing anesthesia
  • Anna Rice
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    • Sep­tem­ber 23, 1912 
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Max­imil­lian Mein­hardt; no record of prosecution
  • Mary Rice, June 4 or 5, 1884 
    • Per­pe­tra­tor unknown
  • Abbie Richards, June 2, 1888 Age: 19 
    • First of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; legal out­come unknown to me
  • Eri­ca Richard­son, March 2, 1989 Age: 16 
    • Car­ried uncon­scious to aun­t’s car; died of embolism
  • Irene Ridge­way, March 18, 1914 Age: 28 
    • Unknown per­pe­tra­tor
  • Cather­ine Riga, April 1, 1921 Age: 32 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed but lat­er par­doned by governor
  • Bar­bara Riley, July 20, 1970 Age: 23 
    • Hos­pi­tal abor­tion rec­om­mend­ed for health rea­sons; trig­gered sick­le cell crisis
  • Len­nis Mae Roach, April 24, 1932 Age: 25 
    • One of at least 4 dead patients of Dr. Richard Thacker
  • Ann E. Roberts, Decem­ber 3, 1878 Age: 25 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Celie Roberts, July 24, 1931 Age: 20 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist con­vict­ed of murder
  • Alphia Robin­son, Feb­ru­ary 12, 1876 Age: 18 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Annie Robin­son, August 18, 1901 Age: 28 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths attrib­uted to mid­wife Tere­sa Muen­ster; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Irma Robin­son, June 19, 1928 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of abortion
  • Anna Roche, Feb­ru­ary 1, 1943 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Marie Rock­hill, Sep­tem­ber 29, 1915 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Car­men Rodriguez, July 19, 1970 Age: 31 
    • Hos­pi­tal abor­tion using risky saline method; saline in blood stream caused fatal organ damage
  • Luz Rodriguez, July 9, 1986 Age: 40 
    • One of three dead patients of Dr. Moshe Hachamovitch; bled to death
  • Mag­dale­na Rodriguez, Decem­ber 8, 1994 Age: 23 
    • Mis­di­ag­nosed fetal age, mas­sive inter­nal injuries, delay in care; doc­tor fled the US to avoid prosecution
  • Maria Rodriguez, March 25, 2000 Age: 22 
    • 14th of 16 dead patients of NAF mem­ber chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
  • Rosael Rodriguez, Jan­u­ary, 1986 Age: 27 
    • One of two deaths in which Dr. Angel Ace­va­do Mon­tal­vo was charged with manslaugh­ter; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Lot­tie Roed­er, Jan­u­ary 5, 1912 Age: 19 
    • Nurse/midwife charged; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Frances Rogers, July 8, 1929 Age: 26 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Julia Rogers, April 28, 1973 Age: 20 
    • One of three deaths at Dr. T.R. Mason Howard’s Friend­ship Med­ical Cen­ter; per­fo­rat­ed uterus and infection
  • Rhon­da Rollinson, Sep­tem­ber 14, 1992 Age: 32 
    • Pro­gres­sive organ col­lapse and death after per­fo­rat­ed uterus
  • Edna Rohn­er, July 14, 1921 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­son not pro­vid­ed in documents
  • Vin­cen­za Romano, July 11, 1920 Age: 36 
    • Mid­wife indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Alice Ronalds, 1914 or 1915 Chica­go, IL 
    • Sus­pect­ed abor­tion, no per­pe­tra­tor named
  • Han­nah Rose, 1829 or 1830 
    • Physi­cian sen­tenced to hang, but sen­tence com­mut­ed by governor
  • Myr­tle Rose, Decem­ber 23, 1931 Age: 21 
    • One of six dead patients of Dr. Guy E. Brew­er; guilty pleas to all six deaths
  • Alle­gra Rose­ber­ry, August 13, 1988 Age: 41 
    • Pushed into abor­tion with lies about baby’s health and her own can­cer treat­ment options; sep­tic abortion
  • Antone­sha Ross
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    • May 8, 2009 Age: 18
    • 3rd patient to die at Wom­en’s Aid Clin­ic; res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­tress treat­ed by giv­ing her a paper bag to breathe into
  • Clara Rowe, Sep­tem­ber 19, 1933 Age 17 
    • Physi­cian con­vict­ed of murder
  • Sharon­da Rowe, Octo­ber 11, 1981 Age: 17 
    • Unspec­i­fied facil­i­ty; uter­ine lac­er­a­tion caus­ing fatal embolism
  • Jeanette Ruff, March 1, 1919 Age: 22 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Sta­cy Ruck­man, Feb­ru­ary 20, 1988 Age: 23 
    • Delib­er­ate­ly over­dosed on Lido­caine; unable to resuscitate
  • Rhon­da Rug­giero, May 23, 1982 Age: 29 
    • Unspec­i­fied facil­i­ty; embolism and death
  • LaSan­dra Russ, Decem­ber 15, 1971 Age: 20 
    • Car­diac arrest dur­ing abor­tion in hospital
  • Mary Rus­sell, Sep­tem­ber 4, 1871 Age: 22 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Tami­ia Russell
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    • Jan­u­ary 8, 2004 Age: 15
    • One of 3 deaths at Dr. Alber­to Hodar­i’s Wom­an­care clin­ic; ille­gal third-trimester abor­tion arranged by abuser’s sis­ter; uter­ine injuries
  • Nel­lie Ryan, Octo­ber 12, 1877 Age: 21 
    • Mid­wife (pos­si­bly doc­tor) arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Nel­lie Ryan, March 9, 1898 
    • First of two deaths linked to mid­wife Lena Schott; out­come of cas­es unknown to me

* The Colo­nial Era