SUMMARY: "Cindy," age 25, died in 1972 when air got into her bloodstream during a legal abortion.


"Cindy" Roe is one of the women Life Dynamics notes on their "Blackmun Wall" of women killed by legalized abortion.

Cindy was 25 years old when she submitted to an abortion in 1972. She was nine weeks pregnant and the abortion was performed by vacuum aspiration. Somehow air got into her blood stream, moving into her lungs and causing her death.

Sources: "Fatal Pulmonary Embolism During Legal Induced Abortion in the United States from 1972-1985," Lawson, Herschel W., MD, Atrash, Hani K., MD, MPH, Franks, Adele L., MD, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 162, No. 4, April 1990, p. 986-990