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
  • "Cathy R.," October 13, 1908 Age: 19
    • Self-induced with catheter
  • Annie Raabe, April 4, 1907 Age: 33
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • ElizabethRatcliffeSmall.jpgElizabeth Radcliffe, July 21, 1916 Age: 17
    • Boyfriend charged for attempting fatal abortion with syringe full of air; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Kate Radochouski, January 23, 1925 Age: 34
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Sonia Raggins, January 5, 1930 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Mary Rahn, October 1, 1908 Age: 21
    • Midwife tried, acquitted for reasons not given in sources
  • Angela Raia, March 25, 1916
    • Circumstances unclear as to who was perpetrator; physicians sued
  • Gene Raligh, September 18, 1929 Age: 21
    • Physician sued by family; I have no knowledge of criminal case
  • VirginiaRappeSmall.jpgVirginia Rappe, September 9, 1921 Age: 25
    • Professional extortionist claimed actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle caused death via rape; reproductive organs removed and destroyed by suspected abortionist during unauthorized autopsy; Arbuckle acquitted and given written apology by jurors for his ordeal
  • Dawn Ravenell, February 11, 1985 Age: 13
    • One of three deaths at NAF member Eastern Women's Center; left unattended after beginning to choke; died after several days in hospital
  • Ann Regan, August 14, 1858 Age: 18
  • TonyaReaves.jpgTonya Reeves, July 21, 2012 Age: 24
    • Planned Parenthood delayed seeking care for hemorrhage; bled to death
  • Jeanette Reder December 12, 1930 Age: 22
    • Second of three deaths linked to Dr. Emil Gleitsman; acquitted for reasons not indicated
  • Harriet Reece, March 16, 1899 Age: 25
    • Physician convicted
  • InezReedSmall.jpgInez Reed, March 7, 1919 Age: 28
    • One of two deaths linked to Dr. Ephraim Northcott; convicted of murder
  • Frances Reinhardt, July 17, 1917 Age: 34
    • Non-physician posing as doctor arrested; no trial
  • Beulah Rehm, January 13, 1915 Age: 23
    • Died while Dr. Arthur Blunt was on bail pending trial for another abortion death; outcome of both cases unknown to me
  • Ester Reid, June 8, 1914 Age: 17
    • Physician arrested; no trial
  • Julia Renacheve, May 16, 1883 Age: 21
    • Body exhumed to reveal real cause of death as abortion; midwife tried; hung jury
  • Caroline Repritis, March 20, 1916
    • Midwife implicated; no trial
  • Arhne Reynolds, April 5, 1927
    • Physician indicted; no trial
  • Jacqueline Reynolds, September 5, 1986 Age: 22
    • Inadequate oxygen during anesthesia
  • Anna Rice
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    • September 23, 1912
    • One of three deaths linked to Dr. Maximillian Meinhardt; no record of prosecution
  • Mary Rice, June 4 or 5, 1884
    • Perpetrator unknown
  • Abbie Richards, June 2, 1888 Age: 19
    • First of 18 deaths linked to Dr. Lucy Hagenow; legal outcome unknown to me
  • Erica Richardson, March 2, 1989 Age: 16
    • Carried unconscious to aunt's car; died of embolism
  • Irene Ridgeway, March 18, 1914 Age: 28
    • Unknown perpetrator
  • Catherine Riga, April 1, 1921 Age: 32
    • Physician convicted but later pardoned by governor
  • Barbara Riley, July 20, 1970 Age: 23
    • Hospital abortion recommended for health reasons; triggered sickle cell crisis
  • Lennis Mae Roach, April 24, 1932 Age: 25
    • One of at least 4 dead patients of Dr. Richard Thacker
  • Ann E. Roberts, December 3, 1878 Age: 25
    • Lay abortionist; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Celie Roberts, July 24, 1931 Age: 20
    • Lay abortionist convicted of murder
  • Alphia Robinson, February 12, 1876 Age: 18
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Annie Robinson, August 18, 1901 Age: 28
    • Second of two deaths attributed to midwife Teresa Muenster; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Irma Robinson, June 19, 1928 Age: 23
    • Physician convicted of abortion
  • Anna Roche, February 1, 1943 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Marie Rockhill, September 29, 1915 Age: 19
    • Unidentified midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Carmen Rodriguez, July 19, 1970 Age: 31
    • Hospital abortion using risky saline method; saline in blood stream caused fatal organ damage
  • Luz Rodriguez, July 9, 1986 Age: 40
    • One of three dead patients of Dr. Moshe Hachamovitch; bled to death
  • Magdalena Rodriguez, December 8, 1994 Age: 23
    • Misdiagnosed fetal age, massive internal injuries, delay in care; doctor fled the US to avoid prosecution
  • Maria Rodriguez, March 25, 2000 Age: 22
    • 14th of 16 dead patients of NAF member chain Family Planning Associates
  • Rosael Rodriguez, January, 1986 Age: 27
    • One of two deaths in which Dr. Angel Acevado Montalvo was charged with manslaughter; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Lottie Roeder, January 5, 1912 Age: 19
    • Nurse/midwife charged; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Frances Rogers, July 8, 1929 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Julia Rogers, April 28, 1973 Age: 20
    • One of three deaths at Dr. T.R. Mason Howard's Friendship Medical Center; perforated uterus and infection
  • Rhonda Rollinson, September 14, 1992 Age: 32
    • Progressive organ collapse and death after perforated uterus
  • Edna Rohner, July 14, 1921 Age: 23
    • Physician acquitted for reason not provided in documents
  • Vincenza Romano, July 11, 1920 Age: 36
    • Midwife indicted; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Alice Ronalds, 1914 or 1915 Chicago, IL
    • Suspected abortion, no perpetrator named
  • Hannah Rose, 1829 or 1830
    • Physician sentenced to hang, but sentence commuted by governor
  • Myrtle Rose, December 23, 1931 Age: 21
    • One of six dead patients of Dr. Guy E. Brewer; guilty pleas to all six deaths
  • Allegra Roseberry, August 13, 1988 Age: 41
    • Pushed into abortion with lies about baby's health and her own cancer treatment options; septic abortion
  • Antonesha Ross
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    • May 8, 2009 Age: 18
    • 3rd patient to die at Women's Aid Clinic; respiratory distress treated by giving her a paper bag to breathe into
  • Clara Rowe, September 19, 1933 Age 17
    • Physician convicted of murder
  • Sharonda Rowe, October 11, 1981 Age: 17
    • Unspecified facility; uterine laceration causing fatal embolism
  • Jeanette Ruff, March 1, 1919 Age: 22
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Stacy Ruckman, February 20, 1988 Age: 23
    • Deliberately overdosed on Lidocaine; unable to resuscitate
  • Rhonda Ruggiero, May 23, 1982 Age: 29
    • Unspecified facility; embolism and death
  • LaSandra Russ, December 15, 1971 Age: 20
    • Cardiac arrest during abortion in hospital
  • Mary Russell, September 4, 1871 Age: 22
    • Possible lay abortionist arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Tamiia Russell
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    • January 8, 2004 Age: 15
    • One of 3 deaths at Dr. Alberto Hodari's Womancare clinic; illegal third-trimester abortion arranged by abuser's sister; uterine injuries
  • Nellie Ryan, October 12, 1877 Age: 21
    • Midwife (possibly doctor) arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Nellie Ryan, March 9, 1898
    • First of two deaths linked to midwife Lena Schott; outcome of cases unknown to me

* The Colonial Era