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
  • "Sadie D.," December 22 or 23, 1909 Age: 39
    • Suspected abortion, unknown perpetrator
  • Betty Damato, February 25, 1980 Age: 26
    • Knowingly sent home with retained fetus; infection
  • Mary Ann Dancy
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    • July 27, 1990 Age: 32
    • Sent home with lacerated cervix; bled to death
  • Roberta Danks
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    • February 17, 1949 Age: 28
    • Implicated physician died during investigation; accessory pleaded guilty
  • Minnie Darage, October 17, 1882 Age: 20
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Angel Dardie, August 3, 1982 Age: 22
    • Clotting problems triggered by risky saline abortion
  • Mary Davies, December 9, 1956 Age: 26
    • Dr. Robert Spencer acquitted on grounds fetus may have died before abortion was initiated
  • Barbaralee Davis, June 14, 1977 Age: 18
    • Sent home from NAF clinic with uterine laceration; bled to death
  • Della Davis, May 18, 1925 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Glenda Davis, March 14, 1989 Age: 31
    • Internal injuries; transferred to hospital in car; bled to death
  • Kathy Davis, February 6, 1987 Age: 26
    • Unidentified facility, unspecified abortion method; heart failure
  • Margaret Davis, July 15, 1972 Age: 33
    • Sickle cell crisis triggered by abortion
  • Sharon Davis, January 9, 1983 Age: 17
    • Uterine perforation during abortion at hospital
  • Nancy Dawson, March 21, 1927 Age: 25
    • Physician and midwife arrested; outcome of cases unknown to me
  • Margaret Ruth Day, January 12, 1928 Age: 20
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Catharine DeBreuxal, February 20, 1856 Age: 17
    • First of four deaths linked to Dr. Charles Cobel; acquitted on technicality regarding deathbed statement
  • Minnie Deering, January 25, 1891 Age 23
    • 4th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; attorney got judge to strike off case
  • Annie DeGroote, September 29, 1917 Age: 27
    • Physician arrested, no trial
  • Arlin della Cruz, October 15, 1992 Age: 19
    • Suicide by hanging after abortion
  • Evelyn Dellorto, July 26, 1930 Age: 20
    • Physician acquitted for reason not indicated in source
  • Anna Dennin, August 27, 1909 Age: 23
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case not known to me
  • Synthia Dennard, September 7, 1989 Age: 24
    • Last of three known deaths at Biogenetics; uterine artery severed; bled to death
  • Emma Dep, August 24, 1888
    • 4th of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; no evidence of serious investigation made
  • Louise Derchow, August 21, 1887 Age: 23
    • First of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; 2 hung juries, one acquittal after death of primary witness; Hagenow relocated to Chicago
  • Alerte Desanges, September 16, 1994 Age: 36
    • Sudden embolism during abortion by Dr. David Gluck at Choices Women's Medical Center in Queens.
  • Marina Deschapell, August 17, 1978 Age: 34
    • Unexplained death immediately after abortion
  • Rosa Device, May 5, 1878 Age: c. 26
    • Unspecified abortifacient
  • Helen Devora, November 22, 1917 Age: 20
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Violet Diancalana, February 17, 1929 Age: 25
    • Lay abortionist indicted; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Patricia Dickinson, August 11, 1946 Age: 18
    • Lay abortionist Theo Kilmer pleaded guilty
  • Katherine DiDonato, October 23, 1936 Age: 26
    • Second of two deaths linked to Dr. Aloysius Mulholland; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Cecelia Dieber, July 31, 1918 Age: 20
    • Dr. Herman Spangler pleaded guilty
  • Annie Dier, 1885
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Barbara Dillon, May 11, 1981 Age: 22
    • Failure to detect ectopic pregnancy by Dr. Mark Silver at Long Island Gynecological Group
  • Eleanor Dillon, December 14, 1916 Age: 19
    • Physician acquitted for reason not specified
  • Anna Marie Dimford, September 29, 1915 Age: 21
    • Physician and midwife arrested; outcome of cases unknown to me
  • Mary Dix, November 30, 1874 Age: 25
    • Apparent self-induced by unspecified method
  • Rosina Doerr, September 5, 1887 Age: 34
    • Midwife acquitted for reasons not specified
  • Agnes Dohrer, July 3, 1918 Age: 17
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Bertha Dombrowski, February 23, 1917 Age: 28
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Mary Donigan, February 6, 1870 Age: 22
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Annie Doran, July 12, 1889 Age 24
    • Sources unclear; possibly self-induced with abortifacient
  • Annie Dories, June 26, 1888 Age: 16
    • Third of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; 3 hung juries, simultaneous prosecution for another case; Hagenow relocated to Chicago
  • Laniece DorseyFebruary 6, 1986 Age: 17
    • 5th of 16 deaths at NAF member chain Family Planning Associates; anesthesia mishap
  • Mary Jane Douds, May 21, 1900 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Tamika Dowdy
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    • December 2, 1998 Age: 22
    • Unclear chain of events at NAF member Brooklyn Women's Medical Pavilion
  • Mary Doyle, October 2, 1867
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Gwendolyn Drummer, January 31, 1972 Age: 15
    • Saline got into bloodstream during hospital abortion
  • Anjelica Duarte, November 1, 1991 Age: 21
    • Abortion recommended for health reasons; delayed care for hemorrhage
  • Evelyn Dudley, March 16, 1973 Age: 38
    • First of three deaths at Friendship Medical Center; ruptured cervix and vagina
  • Margaret Dwyer, May 24, 1912 Age: 24
    • Probable lay abortionist arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Clara Duvall
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    • March 27, 1929 Age: 32
    • Unconfirmed self-induced with knitting needle

* The Colonial Era