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
  • Juliette O'Brien July 17, 1901 Age: 23
    • Physician admitted guilt to family, then killed himself
  • Frances Odochowski October 11, 1913 Age: 28
    • Physician arrested; no trial
  • Elizabeth O'Donnell March 9, 1914 Age: 34
    • Physician arrested, no trial
  • Marie O'Malley, January 10, 1942 Age 36
    • 4th death linked to Dr. Emil Gleitsman; another woman died before trial; murder conviction
  • Lillie O'Neill June 24, 1908 Age: 36
    • Physician arrested but acquitted; midwife convicted
  • KittieOtooleTN.jpgKittie O'Toole, February 18, 1883 Age: 28
    • Well-connected physician arrested; judge dismissed charges
  • Marie Oganesoff July 11, 1919 Age: 33
    • Physician convicted of manslaughter
  • Hannah Olson March 2, 1914 Age: 32
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Lena Oppendal March 13, 1909 Age: 37
    • Midwife arrested; death due to ruptured ectopic pregnancy
  • Lizzie Orenstein January 10, 1913 Age: 31
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Bessie Orme February 23, 1906 Age: 26
    • First of three abortion deaths linked to Dr. George Fosberg; coroner's jury unable to determine if abortion was legal or illegal
  • Maria Ortega October 10, 1970 Age: 23
    • Fetus pushed through uterine wall into abdomen during legal abortion
  • Joyce Ortenzio June 8, 1988 Age: 32
    • 6th of 16 to die at NAF member chain Family Planning Associates; sent home with retained fetal parts, died of sepsis
  • VenusOrtizTN.pngVenus Ortiz, December 16, 1998 Age: 29
    • One of three deaths at NAF member Eastern Women's Center; failure to establish proper airway; catastrophic brain damage, incapacitated, died after nearly 6 years in nursing home
  • DorisSilverOstreicherTN.pngDoris Silver Ostreicher, August 24, 1955 Age: 22
    • Lay abortionists pleaded no contest

* The Colonial Era