SUMMARY: Maureen Espinoza, age 16, died April 15, 1997 after an abortion performed in San Antonio, TX.

Sixteen-year-old Maureen Cortez Espinoza underwent a safe, legal abortion at a doctor's office in San Antonio on March 28, 1997. During the abortion, the doctor punctured Maureen's uterus, but didn't note this in her medical records or say anything to her about it, indicating that he simply didn't notice. Maureen was sent home.

On April 3, she went to the emergency room at Northeast Baptist Hospital. Over the ensuing days, doctors there performed two surgeries to try to save her life, but to no avail. She died on April 15, 1997.

Abortion rights organizations would assert that, while tragic, Maureen's death was just a case of "all surgery has risks." But since roughly 90% of abortions before legalization were done by doctors, the same "all surgery has risks" logic still would have applied.

Life Dynamics, not citing any specific source, determined the name of the dead girl.

Source:
  • "M.E.'s office verifies teen died from legal abortion," San Antonio Express-News, Apr. 24, 1997