Abortion Deaths — S

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  • “Feli­cia” S., March 6, 1970 Age: 16 
    • Six-month lin­ger­ing death from con­ges­tive heart failure
    • Unspec­i­fied San Fran­cis­co hos­pi­tal abortion
  • Maeve S.,” May 10, 1910 Age: 25 
    • Uniden­ti­fied mid­wife; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Stel­la Saenz, April 13, 1968 Age: 42 
    • Unspec­i­fied Cal­i­for­nia hospital
    • Infec­tion and ana­phy­lac­tic shock
  • Cora Sam­mis, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1879 Age: 21 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist Bertha Berg­er convicted
  • Angela Sanchez, Jan­u­ary 19, 1993 Age: 27 
    • Ali­cia Han­na pos­ing as doc­tor Clin­i­ca Fem­i­ni­na de la Com­mu­nidad, con­vict­ed of murder
    • Reac­tion to med­ica­tion; tried to dis­pose of body
  • Lucy Sanchez, Jan­u­ary 26, 1956 Age: 27 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist Lois Brown con­vict­ed of murder
  • Geral­dine Santoro
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    • June 8, 1964 Age: 28
    • Lover Clyde Dixon caused embolism; aban­doned Geri in motel room
    • Dixon plead­ed nolo con­tender
  • Cather­ine Sartelopou­los, July 16, 1913 Age: 24 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Angela Sat­ter­field, Octo­ber 15, 1990 Age: 23 
    • Fail­ure to diag­nose ectopic preg­nan­cy at Statewide Clinic
  • Ade­line Savroch, Jan­u­ary 29, 1883 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sylvia Sawdy, Decem­ber 23, 1885 Age: 21 
    • Lover, Har­ry McDow­ell, con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Mary Say­ers, May 1, 1925 Age: 26 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Claudette Sayles, July 30, 1960 Age: 23 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist acquitted
  • Gertrude Schae­fer, May 17, 1919 Age: 27 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Gladys Schaf­fer, Feb­ru­ary 17, 1929 Age: 23 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to mid­wife Emma Schultz
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Agnes Schaffn­er, Decem­ber 18, 1914 Age: 31 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Anna Schanck, Feb­ru­ary 8, 1915 Age: 25 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Car­ole Schan­er, Octo­ber 20, 1971 Age: 37 
    • Sec­ond of two women to bleed to death dur­ing out­pa­tient hys­tero­to­my abor­tion by Dr. Jesse Ketchum
    • No pros­e­cu­tion; already being pros­e­cut­ed for the oth­er death
  • Fan­nie Schein­er, Novem­ber 15, 1912 Age: 33 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Schloen­dorn, June 5, 1914 Age: 28 
    • Uniden­ti­fied mid­wife; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Pauli­na Schnei­der, March 17, 1907 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for unspec­i­fied reasons
  • Mary Schneller, July 8, 1888 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed and sued but evi­dent­ly not prosecuted
  • Flo­rence Schnoor
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    • Feb­ru­ary 14, 1942 Age: 24
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • May Scho­er, Jan­u­ary 8, 1915 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Min­nie Schofield, March 13, 1917 Age: 33 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­sons not indi­cat­ed in source
  • Lau­ret­ta Schranz, Octo­ber 16, 1923 Age: 16 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Car­o­line Schroed­er, Jan­u­ary 21, 1899 Age: 28 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to mid­wife There­sa Muenster
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Celia Schulz, March 28, 1910 Age: 29 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of death unknown to me
  • Glo­ria Schultz, July 3, 1929 Age: 19 
    • Dr. W. B. Parke con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Geral­dine Schuyler
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    • Jan­u­ary 23, 1944 Age: 20
    • Last of three deaths linked to Dr. George Fosberg
    • Con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Mary Schwartz, May 20, 1934 Age: 22 
    • First of three deaths linked to Dr. Justin Mitchell
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Pearl Schwier, July 12, 1970 Age: 42 
    • Hys­tero­to­my abor­tion (like a C‑section) in New York hospital
    • Fatal reac­tion to anesthesia
  • Angela Scott, June 9, 1979 Age: 19 
    • First of two teens fatal­ly injured with­in the same hour
    • Car­dio-res­pi­ra­to­ry arrest
    • Dr. Jacob Adams, Atlanta Wom­en’s Pavilion
  • Anna Scott, Sep­tem­ber 7, 1922 Age: 28 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Annie Sczep­kows­ki, Octo­ber 20, 1921 Age: 30 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Cather­ine Seabrooke, Novem­ber 19, 1913 Age: 27 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Chris­tine Seifred, Decem­ber 16, 1874 Age: c. 34 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Vic­to­ria Seron­ka, August 27, 1970 Age: 17 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Ida Shad­dock
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    • March 31, 1891 Age: 17
    • Hung jury, delays, final acquit­tal for Dr. Samuel Hall
  • Myr­tle Shall, August 29, 1926 Age: 22 
    • Self-induced by unspec­i­fied method
  • Emma Shana­han, April 24, 1921 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Eliz­a­beth Shaw, June, 1935 (?) Age 24 
    • One of six deaths to which Dr. Guy E. Brew­er plead­ed guilty
  • Semi­ka Shaw, March 4, 2000 Age: 22 
    • First of two deaths of Dr. Ker­mit Gosnell
    • Sep­sis
  • Rita Shea, Decem­ber 4, 1965 Age: 33 
    • Abor­tion in motel room
    • Dr. Ben­jamin Lock­hart confessed
  • Fan­nie Shead, June 21, 1929 Age: 25 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Bar­bara Shel­gren, Jan­u­ary 22, 1900 Age: 25 
    • Third of four deaths linked to Dr. Pauli­na Bechtel
    • Case dis­missed by judge
  • Ori­ane Shevin
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    • June 14, 2005 Age: 34
    • Sep­sis from med­ica­tion abortion
    • Dr. Christo­pher Dot­son, Eve Sur­gi­cal Center
  • Ellen Shi­rah, August 31, 1910 Age: 34 
    • Unspec­i­fied physi­cian; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Nel­lie Shuff, March 7, 1908 Age: 26 
    • Elder­ly mid­wife Johan­na White convicted
  • Mary Shvernieckas, May 3, 1915 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Delores Mae Sid­dall, August 23, 1961 Age: 29 
    • Lay abor­tion­ist Hugh McLeod Pheast­er admit­ted guilt after acquittal
    • Body dis­posed of and nev­er located
  • Bessie Simons, March 19, 1907 Age: 30 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Daisy Singer­land, April 22, 1923 Age: 30 
    • Physi­cian arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Ozel­la Skains
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    • March 8, 1954 Age: 24
    • Boyfriend, chi­ro­prac­tor John Goetschel, con­fessed but was acquit­ted; jury unable to con­clude his abor­tion efforts had caused death
  • Helen Skoza, July 3, 1917 Age: 31 
    • First of two deaths linked to nurse Eliz­a­beth Schade
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Wan­da Skrzypzak, Jan­u­ary 21, 1919 Age: 26 
    • Two physi­cians indicted
    • Case dropped amid evi­dence of corruption
  • Glo­ria Small, March 7, 1978 Age: 43 
    • Dr. Ronald Tauber, Orlan­do Birthing Center
    • Uter­ine per­fo­ra­tion dur­ing risky out­pa­tient abortion
    • Delay in seek­ing ade­quate care; bled to death
  • Anna Mae Smith, June 19, 1927 Age: 20 
    • Last of three deaths linked to Dr. George F. Slater
    • Killed self before he could be arrested
  • Deloris Smith, Octo­ber 24, 1979 Age: 15 
    • Sec­ond of two teens fatal­ly injured in one hour at Atlanta Wom­en’s Pavillion
    • Left unat­tend­ed with anes­the­sia drip running
    • Four months in coma until death
  • Diane Smith, Sep­tem­ber 11, 1976 Age: 23 
    • Unspec­i­fied Chica­go facility
    • Per­fo­ra­tion, sep­sis, death
  • Ethel Smith, Novem­ber 29, 1934 Age: 20 
    • Dr. C. C. Stew­art con­vict­ed of manslaughter
  • Jacque­line Smith
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    • Decem­ber 24, 1955 Age: 20
    • Body dis­mem­bered and dis­posed of in trash cans
    • Scrub nurse Leobal­do Pejuan convicted
  • Lau­ra Hope Smith
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    • Sep­tem­ber 13, 2007 Age: 22
    • Untrained staff assist­ing with anes­the­sia; no resus­ci­ta­tion equipment
    • Dr. Rapin Osathanondh plead­ed guilty to manslaughter
  • Lucille Smith, March 6, 1928 Age: 23 
    • First of two deaths linked to mid­wife Emma Schultz
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mar­garet Smith, July 20, 1918 Age: 18 
    • Self-induced by unspec­i­fied method
  • Mar­garet Louise Smith, June 16, 1971 Age: 25 
    • First of two women to bleed to death after legal hys­tero­to­my (like a C‑section) per­formed out­pa­tient by Dr. Jesse Ketchum
    • Con­vict­ed of crim­i­nal­ly neg­li­gent homicide
  • Rose Smith, May 5, 1941 Age 23 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to mid­wife Mag­da­line Motzny-Stegeman
    • No pros­e­cu­tion; pos­si­ble corruption
  • Tere­sa Smith, August 7, 1988 Age: 31 
    • Pul­monary embolism dur­ing abor­tion at unspec­i­fied facility
  • Vic­to­ria Smith, Jan­u­ary 21, 1926 Age: 38 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist indict­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sig­nia Sob­bry, Decem­ber 1, 1929 Age: 25 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Mary Sor­ce, Octo­ber 21, 1915 Age: 33 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Lau­ra Sor­rels, August 6, 1988 Age: 30 
    • Found dead in motel room
    • Unspec­i­fied facil­i­ty failed to diag­nose ectopic pregnancy
  • Eliza Sow­ers, Octo­ber 13, 1838 Age: 21 
    • Dr. Hen­ry Chauncey con­vict­ed of abortion
  • Eliz­a­beth Spald­ing, Feb­ru­ary 24, 1913 Age: 30 
    • Mid­wife acquit­ted for rea­sons not specified
  • Pauli­na Sproc, June 16, 1910 Age: 35 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Dorothy Spuhr, Novem­ber 16, 1905 Age: 18 
    • First of two deaths linked to mid­wife Julia Gibson
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Eliz­a­beth Staley
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    • March 6, 1967 Age: 22
    • Hus­band con­vict­ed of per­pe­trat­ing abortion
  • Cather­ine Stange, August 21, 1923 Age: 32 
    • Polit­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed physi­cian acquitted
  • Esther Stark, June 11, 1917 Age: 23 
    • Mid­wife Mary Groh sus­pect­ed; died before inves­ti­ga­tion was complete
  • Lil­lian Stel­born, Octo­ber 2, 1908 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Mary Ste­pen, April 29, 1914 Age: 37 
    • Mid­wife impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Cal­lie Stew­art, March 17, 1915 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Ida Stew­art, Sep­tem­ber 20, 1900 Age: 37 
    • Uniden­ti­fied doc­tor; out­come of case unknown to me
  • ChristiStileTN.jpgChristi Stile
    • March 29, 2015, age: 39
    • Dr. Ronald Kuseski
    • May­fair Wom­en’s Cen­ter, Auro­ra, CO
  • Mrs. Edward Stolk­er April, 1919 
    • Hus­band accused of doing abor­tion using turpentine
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Elise Stone, August 18 (?), 1917 Age: 18 
    • First of two deaths in two months linked to Dr. A. H. Yates
    • Acquit­ted for rea­sons not indict­ed in source
  • Mary Stone, Octo­ber 15, 1854 Age: 26 
    • Self-induced with oil of tansy
  • Eliz­a­beth Straz­das, Novem­ber 19, 1924 Age: 38 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Anna Strazyn­s­ki, June 7, 1924 Age: 27 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Fern Streck­er, April 26, 1926 Age: 26 
    • Sec­ond of two deaths linked to nurse Eliz­a­beth Schade
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Celia Steele, March 15, 1917 Age: 24 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Eliz­a­beth Stro­bel, Jan­u­ary 4, 1924 Age: 28 
    • Pos­si­ble lay abor­tion­ist impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Kathryn Strong, Jan­u­ary 22, 1972 Age: 26 
    • Dr. Harold Van Maren, Civic Cen­ter Hospital
    • Bled to death
  • Mary Strug­nall, Feb­ru­ary 3, 1929 Age: 16 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­sons not indicated
  • Amelia Strum­bas, May 30, 1929 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Julia Sucho­ra, June 18, 1917 Age: 19 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Jen­nifer Sud­deth, June 30, 1982 Age: 17 
    • Bled to death after discharge
    • Dr. Frank Robin­son acquit­ted of manslaughter
  • Mary Sudik, Feb­ru­ary 12, 1923 Age: 20 
    • Dr. A. B. C. Davis con­vict­ed of murder
  • Tami Sue­mat­su, August 19, 1988 Age: 19 
    • 7th of 16 deaths at NAF chain Fam­i­ly Plan­ning Associates
    • Bronchial spasm, res­pi­ra­to­ry arrest
  • Mar­garet Sul­li­van, Octo­ber 1, 1922 Age: 21 
    • Uniden­ti­fied perpetrator
  • Sarah Sul­li­van, May 30, 1876 Age: 18 
    • “Doc­tress” charged with manslaugh­ter; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Clara Belle Sut­liff, Feb­ru­ary 13, 1897 Age: 29 
    • Well-con­nect­ed physi­cian acquitted
  • Dora Swan, March 23, 1907 Age: 24 
    • First of five deaths attrib­uted to Dr. Louise Achtenberg
    • Out­come of case unknown to me
  • Eva Swan
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    • April 30, 1910 Age 24
    • Physi­cian charged; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Lydia Swan­son, Jan­u­ary 26, 1920 Age: 23 
    • Physi­cian acquit­ted for rea­sons not giv­en in source
  • Alma Swan­son, July 11, 1904 Age: 24 
    • Mid­wife arrest­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Sophie Sui­da, June 17, 1918 Age: 25 
    • Dr. L. D. Tuchol­s­ka died in jail await­ing trial
  • Lil­lian Swing, August 15, 1909 Age: 15 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Rosa May Swope, July 5, 1901 Age: 24 
    • Physi­cian impli­cat­ed; out­come of case unknown to me
  • Wan­da Szidzewicz, Feb­ru­ary 26, 1924 Age: 23 
    • Mid­wife Ida Can­tor convicted

* The Colo­nial Era