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
  • "Audrey C.," June 3, 1910 Age: 31
    • Self-induced with catheter
  • "Ruby C.," March 2, 1908 Age: 24
    • Unspecified midwife; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Janyth Caldwell, February 4, 1986 Age: 36
    • One of two deaths for Dr. Wayne Patterson; failure to detect ectopic pregnancy
  • Hannah Calhoun, May 7, 1905
    • Unknown perpetrator
  • Cordelia Calkins, February 26, 1860 Age: 18
    • Oil of tansy
  • Velma Callahan, January 7, 1951 Age: 23
    • Massive abortion ring; lay abortionists arrested
  • Geneva Calton, July 18, 1979 Age: 21
    • Sent home with perforated uterus, bled to death; one of two dead patients for Northside Family Planning
  • Stella Cams, August 2, 1915 Age: 30
    • Actual abortionist unknown, but Dr. Maximilian Meinhard, involved after the fact, linked to two other abortion deaths
  • Annette Camoratto, May 1934 Age: 19
    • Physician charged with homicide, released due to lack of evidence
  • Joan Camp, May 19, 1985 Age: 22
    • Clots in lungs; not counted as legal abortion death by CDC because they could not determine if a doctor had done the abortion
  • Ruth Camp, February 2, 1916
    • One of two deaths in same month linked to Dr. Bennett Graff; convicted but won new trial; Graff claimed medical necessity
  • Delia Campbell, August 10, 1922 Age: 38
    • One of three deaths attributed to Dr. George F. Slater; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Irene Campbell, August 9, 1927 Age: 33
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Herman Webber; indicted, outcome of case unknown to me
  • VivianCampbellTN.jpgVivian Campbell, July 7, 1950 Age: 27
    • Perpetrator never identified
  • marla_headshot1.jpgMarla Cardamone, August 16, 1989 Age: 18
    • Bullied by Magee Women's Hospital social worker into unwanted abortion; abortion botched, aftercare inadequate; sealed settlement for survivors
  • Amelia Cardito, February 23, 1943 Age: 34
    • Physician implicated himself by reporting widower shaking him down for funeral expenses
  • Bertha Carlson, February 20, 1916 Age: 19
    • Implicated physician in deathbed statement; lack of prosecution probably due to his ill health
  • Hannah Carlson, July 1, 1896 Age: 20
    • One of over a dozen deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; acquittal due to lack of evidence Hannah had not self-induced as Hagenow claimed
  • Hazel Carr, March 16, 1915 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Elinora Cassidy, March 15, 1915 Age: 22
    • Implicated physician in deathbed statement; case never went to trial
  • Teresa Causey, December 3, 1988 Age: 17
    • Bled to death from multiple uterine lacerations in unlicensed clinic; doctor tried to revive her with smelling salts and slapping her face; no legal action taken
  • Claudia Caventou, May 8, 1986 Age: 33
    • Boyfriend heard her screaming while doctor tried to remove fetus from empty uterus; doc had failed to diagnose ectopic pregnancy, which ruptured during procedure
  • Patricia Chacon, March 3, 1984 Age: 16
    • One of 16 patients dead after abortions at NAF member chain Family Planning Associates; internal injuries and hemorrhage
  • Colleen Chambers, May 12, 1991 Age: 34
    • Found dead in her room after family requested landlord do welfare check; blood clots after legal abortion
  • Emma Chandler, July 20, 1913 Age: 20
    • Named abortionist in deathbed statement; legal disposition unknown to me
  • Eugenie Chauvet, November 10, 1870 Age: 22
    • Case thrown out because it could not be proved that Eugenie really knew she was dying when she named physician in deathbed statement
  • Ying Chen, August 3, 2009 Age: 30
    • No emergency equipment, doctor with history of serious problems, overdosed on lidocaine; no disciplinary action other than ban on doing more abortions
  • "Susanna Chisolm", June 3, 1975 Age: 35
    • Bled to death from punctured uterus; one of three deaths from abortions at now-defunct Biogenetics
  • Victoria Chmileuski, December 31, 1917 Age: 40
    • One of three deaths linked to midwife Wilhemina Benn; acquittal for reasons unknown to me
  • Joyce Chorney, November 18, 1953 Age: 25
    • Doctor charged; outcome of charges unknown to me
  • Alda Christopherson, February 25, 1916 Age: 21
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Lillian Hobbs; murder conviction
  • Mary Elizabeth Christy, January 23, 1926 Age: 19
    • Named physician in deathbed statement; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Jennie Chubb, January 4, 1921 Age: 21
    • Midwife implicated; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Caroline Clark, June 11, 1843 Age: 18
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Edith Clark, June 24, 1971 Age: 29
    • Cardiac arrest after anesthetic injected for legal abortion in doctor's office
  • Helen Clark, September 16, 1941 Age: 23
    • Blind lay abortionist found guilty of abortion but not of manslaughter
  • Jennie Clark, February 25, 1879
    • Body dumped in trunk, linked back to local doctor
  • Virginia Clark, February 21, 1929 Age: 26
    • Physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter
  • Anna Clemens, April 6, 1880 Age: 26
    • Body dumped off bridge; Dr. William G. Cox acquitted only to be arrested later for another abortion death
  • Gweldolyn Cliett, March 5, 1980 Age: 29
    • Reaction to anesthesia during abortion performed in hospital
  • Margaret Clodfelter, June 16, 1989 Age: 19
    • Retained tissue and uterine perforation; died of infection; no known disciplinary action against doctor
  • Ida Coakley, November 22, 1897 Age: 24
    • Funeral procession halted for autopsy and inquest; physician prosecuted; hung jury on first trial, second trial acquittal after key witness fled the state
  • Florence Cobb, March 6, 1921 Age: 23
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Charles Milliken; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Kitty Cody, January 16, 1889 Age: 22
    • Self-induced with abortifacient and unnamed instrument
  • "Glenda Coe", September 18, 1958 Age: 31
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Jean Cohen, January 22, 1925 Age: 17
    • One of eighteen deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; she was cleared for reason I have yet to determine
  • Mary Colbert, March 25, 1933 Age: 21
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Emil Gleitsman; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Frances Collins, May 6, 1920 Age: 34
    • Physician implicated, Frances had undergone multiple illegal abortion previously, but this time it was an ectopic pregnancy
  • Katherine Collins, July 25, 1911 Age: 23
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Nathelyn Collins, August 13, 1954 Age 17
    • Rev. Clarence Loveaux, who ran abortion clinic behind his storefront church, arrested; legal outcome of case unknown to me
  • Pamela Colson, June 26, 1994 Age: 31
    • Multiple internal laceration; bled to death as friends drove her home; doctor fired from another clinic but kept on at one where he performed Pamela's abortion
  • Chloe Colts, January 19, 2008 Age: 26
    • Multiple internal lacerations; doctor had history of malpractice; no disciplinary action that I'm aware of
  • Corrine Comstock, October 16, 1922 Age: 18
    • Self-induced by unspecified method
  • Naomi Congdon, August 28, 1943 Age: 21
    • Maternity nurse convicted of first-degree manslaughter
  • Mary Conners, March 23, 1917 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Lizzie Cook, July 27, 1884 Age: 25
    • Physician convicted of first-degree manslaughter
  • Alice Corbett, October 18, 1939 Age: 28
    • Physician sentenced to Sing-Sing
  • Andrea Corey, February 28, 1993 Age: 31
    • Referred to clinic by Planned Parenthood; died of gas gangrene
  • Liliana Cortez, September 25, 1986 Age: 22
    • Delay in transport after cardiac arrest; one of three deaths at Her Medical Clinic
  • Edith Cote, December 14, 1991 Age: 38
    • Amniotic fluid in lungs
  • Sheryl Cottone, July 1, 1981 Age: 23
    • Abortion recommended due to clotting disorder
  • Twila Coulter, November 14, 1972 Age: 21
    • Cerebral hemorrhage -- known complication of risky saline abortion US doctors continued to use after it was abandoned in other countries
  • BarbaraCovington.pngBarbara Covington, September 11, 1962 Age: 35
    • Dr. Mandel M. Friedman, on bail for another abortion death, entered plea bargain
  • Katherine Cross, October 10, 1917 Age: 18
    • One of two deaths in only nine months attributed to Dr. Abraham H. Yates; legal outcome unclear in documents
  • Goldie Crow, July 17, 1940 Age: 28
    • Psychologist Otto C. Lucy, advertised as doctor, was out on bail for another abortion death
  • Agnes Crowe, February 16, 1925 Age: 28
    • Unspecified female midwife implicated
  • Denise Crowe, February 3, 2006 Age: 21
    • NAF member passing off his office as clinic, massive anesthesia overdose, inadequate monitoring and resuscitation; medical license suspended
  • Margaret Crowe, January 2, 1918 Age: 25
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Anna Sorenson, who died while awaiting trial
  • Ethel Crowell, April 14, 1930 Age: 20
    • Dr. Hans Paulson implicated, charges dropped, judicial corruption suspected
  • Isabell Cuda, November 12, 1952 Age: 22
    • Unlicensed midwife Mary Murawski convicted; previously implicated in another abortion death
  • Carol Cunningham, August 22, 1986 Age: 21
    • Suicide by carbon monoxide
  • Edna Curran, December, 1921
    • Physician tried; outcome of case as yet unknown to me
  • Annie Curtis, March 16, 1875 Age: 28
    • On deathbed, implicated midwife posing as physician; outcome of case as yet unknown to me
  • Mary Cusack, January 9, 1918 Age: 39
    • Physician indicted, no trial
  • Sarah Cushing, January 15, 1907 Age: 24
    • Second abortion death linked to midwife Gertrude Plenz; Plenz arrested but outcome of case unknown to me
  • Mary Cybulski, September 26, 1922 Age: 35
    • Profession of person arrested not provided; outcome of case unknown to me
* The Colonial Era