SUMMARY: Anjelica Duarte, age 21, died November 1, 1991 after an abortion performed by Larry Thompson at Women's Place Clinic in Las Vegas, NV.

On November 1, 1991, 21-year-old Anjelica R. Duarte, a Mexican immigrant, underwent an abortion by Dr. Larry Thompson at Women's Place Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was five months pregnant, according to her friend, Sandra Santiago.

According to Sandra, Anjelica had sought an abortion because a doctor had recommended that she delay having another baby for five years due to health problems. Anjelica already had a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old daughter.

After the abortion, Anjelica was kept under observation for several hours, but was not given any care. Sandra, who had accompanied Anjelica to the clinic, said that the first she knew that anything was wrong when, several hours after the abortion, she saw clinic staff performing CPR on her friend.

She was rushed to Lake Mead Hospital by paramedics at 7:30 that evening, but she was dead on arrival. A hospital spokesman said that she had lost 90 percent of her blood; her uterus had been perforated.

In reviewing the case, the medical board noted that Thompson did not have adequate equipment for post-operative care, and revoked his license.

Anjelica's was not the only tragic death caused by doctors who recommended (or excused) abortion as a life-saving or health-preserving option for the mother:
  • Allegra Roseberry was pushed into an abortion in order to obtain experimental cancer treatment.
  • Barbara Hoppert died after an abortion recommended due to a congenital heart problem.
  • Christin Gilbert died after an abortion George Tiller holds was justified on grounds of maternal health.
  • Erika Peterson died in 1961 when her doctors obtained her husband's permission to perform a "therapeutic" abortion.
  • "Molly" Roe died in 1975 when her doctors made the dubious decision to perform a saline abortion to improve her chances of surviving a lupus crisis.
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AnjelicaDuarteRenoGazetteJournal24Nov1991.pngSources:
  • "Woman dies after abortion," Reno Gazette-Journal, Nov. 1, 1991
  • "Vegas abortion death investigated," San Francisco Examiner, Nov. 4, 1991, A-7;
  • "Woman dies after abortion at NLV clinic," The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nov. 1, 1991;
  • "Cause of Las Vegas abortion death revealed," Reno Gazette-Journal, Nov. 2, 1991
  • "Abortion death report filed," Reno Gazette-Journal, Nov. 24, 1991
  • "Answers sought in abortion," November 2, 1991
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal 12-10-91;
  • Washington Times 11-21-91;
  • medical board records no longer available online; licensee lookup indicates: "21, 1992 The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners filed a formal Complaint against Dr. Thompson alleging gross malpractice, termination of pregnancy resulting in the death of the patient. copies 5 pages APRIL 8, 1992 The Board ordered to Revoke Dr. Thompson's license to practice medicine in the state of Nevada. copies; Finding of Fact, Conclusion of Law, Order 6 pages"
  • Nevada Death Index, 1980-2012

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  1. 1900s
  2. 1910-1919
  3. 1920s
  4. 1930s
  5. 1940s
  6. 1950s
  7. 1960s
  8. 1970s
  9. 1980s
  10. 1990s
  11. 19th century
  12. 2000-2009
  13. 20s
  14. 30s
  15. 40s
  16. NAF
  17. abortifacient
  18. abortion
  19. abortion mill
  20. abortion mortality
  21. abortionists
  22. abortionists -- female
  23. abortionists -- male
  24. alabama
  25. anesthesia
  26. arizona
  27. black women
  28. born alive
  29. botched abortion
  30. california
  31. chicago
  32. colorado
  33. connecticut
  34. cover-up
  35. death
  36. deaths
  37. deception
  38. delay in transport
  39. delay in treatment
  40. district of columbia
  41. dumped body
  42. ectopic
  43. embolism
  44. falsifying forms
  45. fetal indications
  46. florida
  47. former criminal abortionist
  48. george tiller
  49. georgia
  50. hemorrhage death
  51. hospitals
  52. illegal - doctor
  53. illegal - midwife
  54. illegal - nurse
  55. illegal - paramedical
  56. illegal - post roe
  57. illegal - unknown
  58. illegal - untrained
  59. illegal abortion
  60. illinois
  61. inadequate documents
  62. inadequate equipment
  63. inadequate resuscitation
  64. incomplete abortion
  65. indiana
  66. infection
  67. kansas
  68. llinois
  69. louisiana
  70. maryland
  71. massachusetts
  72. maternal indications
  73. maternal mortality
  74. michigan
  75. mills
  76. missouri
  77. mortality
  78. national abortion federation
  79. new jersey
  80. new mexico
  81. new york
  82. north carolina
  83. ohio
  84. oklahoma
  85. pennsylvania
  86. planned parenthood
  87. pre-roe legal
  88. previous misconduct
  89. prostaglandin
  90. quackery
  91. questionable stories
  92. ru-486
  93. rupture
  94. saline
  95. secret abortion
  96. self-induced
  97. suicide
  98. teens
  99. texas
  100. wisconsin