Each woman's story includes whatever documentation I can find to substantiate her death.

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All Deaths by Name
  • "Felicia" S., March 6, 1970 Age: 16
    • Six-month lingering death from congestive heart failure
    • Unspecified San Francisco hospital abortion
  • "Maeve S.," May 10, 1910 Age: 25
    • Unidentified midwife; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Stella Saenz, April 13, 1968 Age: 42
    • Unspecified California hospital
    • Infection and anaphylactic shock
  • Cora Sammis, February 11, 1879 Age: 21
    • Lay abortionist Bertha Berger convicted
  • Angela Sanchez, January 19, 1993 Age: 27
    • Alicia Hanna posing as doctor Clinica Feminina de la Communidad, convicted of murder
    • Reaction to medication; tried to dispose of body
  • Lucy Sanchez, January 26, 1956 Age: 27
    • Lay abortionist Lois Brown convicted of murder
  • Geraldine Santoro
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    • June 8, 1964 Age: 28
    • Lover Clyde Dixon caused embolism; abandoned Geri in motel room
    • Dixon pleaded nolo contender
  • Catherine Sartelopoulos, July 16, 1913 Age: 24
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Angela Satterfield, October 15, 1990 Age: 23
    • Failure to diagnose ectopic pregnancy at Statewide Clinic
  • Adeline Savroch, January 29, 1883
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Sylvia Sawdy, December 23, 1885 Age: 21
    • Lover, Harry McDowell, convicted of manslaughter
  • Mary Sayers, May 1, 1925 Age: 26
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Claudette Sayles, July 30, 1960 Age: 23
    • Possible lay abortionist acquitted
  • Gertrude Schaefer, May 17, 1919 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Gladys Schaffer, February 17, 1929 Age: 23
    • Second of two deaths linked to midwife Emma Schultz
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Agnes Schaffner, December 18, 1914 Age: 31
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Anna Schanck, February 8, 1915 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Carole Schaner, October 20, 1971 Age: 37
    • Second of two women to bleed to death during outpatient hysterotomy abortion by Dr. Jesse Ketchum
    • No prosecution; already being prosecuted for the other death
  • Fannie Scheiner, November 15, 1912 Age: 33
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Mary Schloendorn, June 5, 1914 Age: 28
    • Unidentified midwife; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Paulina Schneider, March 17, 1907
    • Physician acquitted for unspecified reasons
  • Mary Schneller, July 8, 1888 Age: 23
    • Physician implicated and sued but evidently not prosecuted
  • Florence Schnoor
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    • February 14, 1942 Age: 24
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • May Schoer, January 8, 1915
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Minnie Schofield, March 13, 1917 Age: 33
    • Physician acquitted for reasons not indicated in source
  • Lauretta Schranz, October 16, 1923 Age: 16
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Caroline Schroeder, January 21, 1899 Age: 28
    • Second of two deaths linked to midwife Theresa Muenster
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Celia Schulz, March 28, 1910 Age: 29
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of death unknown to me
  • Gloria Schultz, July 3, 1929 Age: 19
    • Dr. W. B. Parke convicted of manslaughter
  • Geraldine Schuyler
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    • January 23, 1944 Age: 20
    • Last of three deaths linked to Dr. George Fosberg
    • Convicted of manslaughter
  • Mary Schwartz, May 20, 1934 Age: 22
    • First of three deaths linked to Dr. Justin Mitchell
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Pearl Schwier, July 12, 1970 Age: 42
    • Hysterotomy abortion (like a C-section) in New York hospital
    • Fatal reaction to anesthesia
  • Angela Scott, June 9, 1979 Age: 19
    • First of two teens fatally injured within the same hour
    • Cardio-respiratory arrest
    • Dr. Jacob Adams, Atlanta Women's Pavilion
  • Anna Scott, September 7, 1922 Age: 28
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Annie Sczepkowski, October 20, 1921 Age: 30
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Catherine Seabrooke, November 19, 1913 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Christine Seifred, December 16, 1874 Age: c. 34
    • Possible lay abortionist implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Victoria Seronka, August 27, 1970 Age: 17
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Ida Shaddock
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    • March 31, 1891 Age: 17
    • Hung jury, delays, final acquittal for Dr. Samuel Hall
  • Myrtle Shall, August 29, 1926 Age: 22
    • Self-induced by unspecified method
  • Emma Shanahan, April 24, 1921
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Elizabeth Shaw, June, 1935 (?) Age 24
    • One of six deaths to which Dr. Guy E. Brewer pleaded guilty
  • Semika Shaw, March 4, 2000 Age: 22
    • First of two deaths of Dr. Kermit Gosnell
    • Sepsis
  • Rita Shea, December 4, 1965 Age: 33
    • Abortion in motel room
    • Dr. Benjamin Lockhart confessed
  • Fannie Shead, June 21, 1929 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Barbara Shelgren, January 22, 1900 Age: 25
    • Third of four deaths linked to Dr. Paulina Bechtel
    • Case dismissed by judge
  • Oriane Shevin
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    • June 14, 2005 Age: 34
    • Sepsis from medication abortion
    • Dr. Christopher Dotson, Eve Surgical Center
  • Ellen Shirah, August 31, 1910 Age: 34
    • Unspecified physician; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Nellie Shuff, March 7, 1908 Age: 26
    • Elderly midwife Johanna White convicted
  • Mary Shvernieckas, May 3, 1915
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Delores Mae Siddall, August 23, 1961 Age: 29
    • Lay abortionist Hugh McLeod Pheaster admitted guilt after acquittal
    • Body disposed of and never located
  • Bessie Simons, March 19, 1907 Age: 30
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Daisy Singerland, April 22, 1923 Age: 30
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Ozella Skains
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    • March 8, 1954 Age: 24
    • Boyfriend, chiropractor John Goetschel, confessed but was acquitted; jury unable to conclude his abortion efforts had caused death
  • Helen Skoza, July 3, 1917 Age: 31
    • First of two deaths linked to nurse Elizabeth Schade
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Wanda Skrzypzak, January 21, 1919 Age: 26
    • Two physicians indicted
    • Case dropped amid evidence of corruption
  • Gloria Small, March 7, 1978 Age: 43
    • Dr. Ronald Tauber, Orlando Birthing Center
    • Uterine perforation during risky outpatient abortion
    • Delay in seeking adequate care; bled to death
  • Anna Mae Smith, June 19, 1927 Age: 20
    • Last of three deaths linked to Dr. George F. Slater
    • Killed self before he could be arrested
  • Deloris Smith, October 24, 1979 Age: 15
    • Second of two teens fatally injured in one hour at Atlanta Women's Pavillion
    • Left unattended with anesthesia drip running
    • Four months in coma until death
  • Diane Smith, September 11, 1976 Age: 23
    • Unspecified Chicago facility
    • Perforation, sepsis, death
  • Ethel Smith, November 29, 1934 Age: 20
    • Dr. C. C. Stewart convicted of manslaughter
  • Jacqueline Smith
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    • December 24, 1955 Age: 20
    • Body dismembered and disposed of in trash cans
    • Scrub nurse Leobaldo Pejuan convicted
  • Laura Hope Smith
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    • September 13, 2007 Age: 22
    • Untrained staff assisting with anesthesia; no resuscitation equipment
    • Dr. Rapin Osathanondh pleaded guilty to manslaughter
  • Lucille Smith, March 6, 1928 Age: 23
    • First of two deaths linked to midwife Emma Schultz
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Margaret Smith, July 20, 1918 Age: 18
    • Self-induced by unspecified method
  • Margaret Louise Smith, June 16, 1971 Age: 25
    • First of two women to bleed to death after legal hysterotomy (like a C-section) performed outpatient by Dr. Jesse Ketchum
    • Convicted of criminally negligent homicide
  • Rose Smith, May 5, 1941 Age 23
    • Second of two deaths linked to midwife Magdaline Motzny-Stegeman
    • No prosecution; possible corruption
  • Teresa Smith, August 7, 1988 Age: 31
    • Pulmonary embolism during abortion at unspecified facility
  • Victoria Smith, January 21, 1926 Age: 38
    • Possible lay abortionist indicted; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Signia Sobbry, December 1, 1929 Age: 25
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Mary Sorce, October 21, 1915 Age: 33
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Laura Sorrels, August 6, 1988 Age: 30
    • Found dead in motel room
    • Unspecified facility failed to diagnose ectopic pregnancy
  • Eliza Sowers, October 13, 1838 Age: 21
    • Dr. Henry Chauncey convicted of abortion
  • Elizabeth Spalding, February 24, 1913 Age: 30
    • Midwife acquitted for reasons not specified
  • Paulina Sproc, June 16, 1910 Age: 35
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Dorothy Spuhr, November 16, 1905 Age: 18
    • First of two deaths linked to midwife Julia Gibson
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Elizabeth Staley
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    • March 6, 1967 Age: 22
    • Husband convicted of perpetrating abortion
  • Catherine Stange, August 21, 1923 Age: 32
    • Politically connected physician acquitted
  • Esther Stark, June 11, 1917 Age: 23
    • Midwife Mary Groh suspected; died before investigation was complete
  • Lillian Stelborn, October 2, 1908 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Mary Stepen, April 29, 1914 Age: 37
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Callie Stewart, March 17, 1915
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Ida Stewart, September 20, 1900 Age: 37
    • Unidentified doctor; outcome of case unknown to me
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    • March 29, 2015, age: 39
    • Dr. Ronald Kuseski
    • Mayfair Women's Center, Aurora, CO
  • Mrs. Edward Stolker April, 1919
    • Husband accused of doing abortion using turpentine
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Elise Stone, August 18 (?), 1917 Age: 18
    • First of two deaths in two months linked to Dr. A. H. Yates
    • Acquitted for reasons not indicted in source
  • Mary Stone, October 15, 1854 Age: 26
    • Self-induced with oil of tansy
  • Elizabeth Strazdas, November 19, 1924 Age: 38
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Anna Strazynski, June 7, 1924 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Fern Strecker, April 26, 1926 Age: 26
    • Second of two deaths linked to nurse Elizabeth Schade
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Celia Steele, March 15, 1917 Age: 24
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Elizabeth Strobel, January 4, 1924 Age: 28
    • Possible lay abortionist implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Kathryn Strong, January 22, 1972 Age: 26
    • Dr. Harold Van Maren, Civic Center Hospital
    • Bled to death
  • Mary Strugnall, February 3, 1929 Age: 16
    • Physician acquitted for reasons not indicated
  • Amelia Strumbas, May 30, 1929 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Julia Suchora, June 18, 1917 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Jennifer Suddeth, June 30, 1982 Age: 17
    • Bled to death after discharge
    • Dr. Frank Robinson acquitted of manslaughter
  • Mary Sudik, February 12, 1923 Age: 20
    • Dr. A. B. C. Davis convicted of murder
  • Tami Suematsu, August 19, 1988 Age: 19
    • 7th of 16 deaths at NAF chain Family Planning Associates
    • Bronchial spasm, respiratory arrest
  • Margaret Sullivan, October 1, 1922 Age: 21
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Sarah Sullivan, May 30, 1876 Age: 18
    • "Doctress" charged with manslaughter; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Clara Belle Sutliff, February 13, 1897 Age: 29
    • Well-connected physician acquitted
  • Dora Swan, March 23, 1907 Age: 24
    • First of five deaths attributed to Dr. Louise Achtenberg
    • Outcome of case unknown to me
  • Eva Swan
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    • April 30, 1910 Age 24
    • Physician charged; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Lydia Swanson, January 26, 1920 Age: 23
    • Physician acquitted for reasons not given in source
  • Alma Swanson, July 11, 1904 Age: 24
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Sophie Suida, June 17, 1918 Age: 25
    • Dr. L. D. Tucholska died in jail awaiting trial
  • Lillian Swing, August 15, 1909 Age: 15
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Rosa May Swope, July 5, 1901 Age: 24
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Wanda Szidzewicz, February 26, 1924 Age: 23
    • Midwife Ida Cantor convicted

* The Colonial Era