Legal, illegal, professional, amateur, and self-induced. Abortion can be deadly, no matter what the setting or who is doing the deed.

The stories below tell about women who died from abortions. The stories come from court documents, medical journal articles, autopsy reports, news stories, and online sources. The dates range from the 18th century to the 21st century. The abortionists were mostly doctors, though a few were lay abortionists, some were posing as physicians, and a few were the woman herself.

Because most of American history pre-dates the legalization of abortion, most of these deaths also pre-date the legalization of abortion. The one thing all these stories share is this: Each woman died at the hands of somebody who bought into the idea that women and their unborn children are mortal enemies, and that abortion is a solution to women's problems.

Women deserve better.

By name:
Abortion Deaths - A
Abortion Deaths - B
Abortion Deaths - C
Abortion Deaths - D
Abortion Deaths - E
Abortion Deaths - F
Abortion Deaths - G
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Abortion Deaths - H
Abortion Deaths - I
Abortion Deaths - J
Abortion Deaths - K
Abortion Deaths - L
Abortion Deaths - M
Abortion Deaths - N
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Abortion Deaths - O
Abortion Deaths - P-Q
Abortion Deaths - R
Abortion Deaths - S
Abortion Deaths - T
Abortion Deaths - U-V
Abortion Deaths W-Z
Jane Doe/Jane Roe Abortion Deaths

By time frame:
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The following women are elsewhere misidentified as abortion deaths: