SUMMARY: Kathleen Gilbert, age 29, died May 2, 1985 after an abortion performed by David Turow at Women's Aid Clinic in Cook County, IL.


The survivors of 29-year-old Kathleen Sue Gilbert sued David Turow and Women's Aid Clinic when she bled to death after her safe and legal abortion.

The family accused Turow of performing an incomplete abortion, lacerating Kathleen's uterus, and failing to detect her injuries. She was sent home and continued to bleed and pass clots for a month before her death on May 2, 1985.

Kathleen's death certificate attributes the death to hemorrhage from a perforated uterus.

Source: Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 85L 10455