The 980s saw a fall in abortion deaths to its current levels of approximately 10 per year. Although most of the deaths are due to malpractice and thus preventable, it is unlikely that the current political environment of turning a blind eye to abortion malpractice will change. Thus, probably an average of 10 women per year will lose their lives to abortion malpractice for the foreseeable future.

I have included the CDCs abortion death numbers.

Women's Stories from the 1980s
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All Deaths by Name
1980 (CDC: 9 legal, 1 illegal, 2 undetermined, 12 total)
  1. "Serena", 1980 (?) Age: 22
    • Unspecified legal facility
  2. Georgianna English, January 12, 1980 Age: 32
    • Dr. Milan Vuitch, Washington, DC
  3. Shirley Williams, January 12, 1980 Age: 30
    • Unspecified facility, Louisiana
  4. Vanessa Preston
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    • January 22, 1980 Age: 22 Dr. Curtis Boyd
    • Fairmount Clinic, Dallas, TX
  5. Betty Damato, February 25, 1980 Age: 26
    • Dr. James Franklin
    • Abortion Clinic of Denver. Denver, CO
  6. Gweldolyn Cliett, March 5, 1980 Age: 29
    • Presbyterian Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  7. Marie Gibson, May 7, 1980 Age: 34
    • Anderson Memorial Hospital, Anderson, SC
  8. Linda Lovelace, July 16, 1980 Age: 21
    • Unspecified facility, Tennessee
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1981 (CDC: 8 legal, 1 illegal, 9 total)
  1. "Isabel", 1981 Age: 22
    • Unspecified facility
  2. Norma Greene, March 16, 1981 Age: 34
    • Unspecified facility, North Carolina
  3. Barbara Lerner, April 18, 1981 Age: 30
    • Unspecified facility, Florida
  4. Maura Morales, May 8, 1981 Age: 24
    • Women's Care Center, Miami, FL
  5. Barbara Dillon, May 11, 1981 Age: 22
    • Dr. Mark Silver
    • Long Island Gynecological Group, Long Island, NY
  6. Sheryl Cottone, July 1, 1981 Age: 23
    • Unspecified facility, Iowa
  7. Robin Wells, August 2, 1981 Age: 27
    • Dr. Max Gaujean
    • Akron Center for Reproductive Health, Akron, OH
  8. Sharonda Rowe, October 11, 1981 Age: 17
    • Unspecified facility, Washington, DC
  9. Diane Boyd, October 24, 1981 Age: 19
    • Dr. Robert Crist
    • Reproductive Health Services, St. Louis, MO
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1982 (CDC: 11 legal, 1 illegal, 12 total)
  1. Shary Graham, January 16, 1982 Age: 34
    • Dr. Harvey Johnson, Dallas, TX
  2. Rhonda Ruggiero, May 23, 1982 Age: 29
    • Unspecified physician, Ohio
  3. Jennifer Suddeth, June 30, 1982 Age: 17
    • Dr. Frank Robinson, Sr., Los Angeles, CA
  4. Darlene Wood, July 7, 1982 Age: 23
    • Dr. Regna Rajan
    • Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  5. Angel Dardie, August 3, 1982 Age: 22
    • Dr. Youl Choi
    • Plymouth General Hospital, Wayne County, MI
  6. Rhonda Hess, September 28, 1982 Age: 20
    • Unspecified facility, Louisiana
  7. Barbara Auerbach, December 16, 1982 Age 38
    • Unspecified hospital, New York
  8. Myrtha Baptiste, December 18, 1982 Age: 26
    • Dr. Orlando Zaldivar
    • Women's Care Clinic, Miami, FL
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1983 (CDC: 11 legal, 1 illegal, 12 total)
  1. Shirley Payne, January 4, 1983 Age: 33
    • Dr. Hipolito Barreiro
    • Women's Care Clinic, Miami, FL
  2. Sharon Davis, January 9, 1983 Age: 17
    • Unspecified hospital, Tucucari, NM
  3. Barbara Hoppert, February 22, 1983 Age: 16
    • Loma Linda University Hospital, Loma Linda, CA
  4. Maureen Tyke
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    • May 31, 1983 Age: 21
    • Dr. John Britton
    • Aware Woman Clinic in Melbourne, FL
  5. Rosario Bermeo, June 14, 1983 Age: 30
    • Dr. Joseph Shapse
    • Prospect Hospital, New York
  6. Mary Ives August 7, 1983 Age: 28
    • Unspecified facility, Norwich, CT
  7. Moris Helen Herron, November 3, 1983 Age: 26
    • Dr. William Stanley (?), Bakersfield, CA
  8. Cora Lewis, December 3, 1983 Age: 23
    • Inglewood Women's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
  9. "Ellen" of New Jersey, December 3, 1983 Age: 18
    • Dr. Andre Neharayoff, New York


1984 (CDC: 12 legal)
  1. Loretta Morton, January 3, 1984 Age: 16
    • Unspecified facility, Oregon
  2. Rita Goncalves, January 9, 1984 Age: 25
    • Unspecified facility, Rhode Island
  3. Patricia Chacon, March 3, 1984 Age: 16
    • Avalon Hospital (FPA), Los Angeles, CA (NAF)
  4. Mickey Apodaca, April 11, 1984 Age: 28
    • Dr. Raymond Showery
    • Southside Medical Center, El Paso, TX
  5. Sheila Hebert, June 6, 1984 Age: 27
    • Delta Women's Clinic, Baton Rouge, LA
  6. Germaine Newman June 15, 1984 Age: 14
    • Dr. E. Wyman Garret, Newark, NJ
  7. Yvonne Tanner, August 14, 1984 Age: 22
    • Inglewood Women's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
  8. Sandra Kaiser, November 19, 1984 Age: 14
    • Reproductive Health Services, St. Louis, MO
  9. Sandra Williams, December 13, 1984 Age: 30
    • Unspecified facility, Pennsylvania
  10. Mary Pena, December 16, 1984 Age: 43
    • San Vicente Hospital (FPA), Los Angeles, CA (NAF)
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1985 (CDC: 11 legal, 1 illegal, 1 undetermined, 13 total)
  1. Dawn Ravenell, February 11, 1985 Age: 13
    • Dr. Alan Kline
    • Eastern Women's Center, New York, NY (NAF)
  2. Ellen Williams, March 6, 1985 Age: 38
    • Dr. Chartoor Singh
    • Dadeland, Miami, FL
  3. Mary Bradley, April 4, 1985 Age: 41
    • Dr. George Wayne Patterson, Alabama
  4. Kathleen Gilbert, May 2, 1985 Age: 29
    • Dr. David Turow
    • Women's Aid Clinic, Cook County, IL
  5. Joan Camp, May 19, 1985 Age: 22
    • Unspecified practitioner, California, "undetermined" per CDC
  6. Josefina Garcia, May 23, 1985 Age: 37
    • Family Planning Associates Medical Group, California (NAF)
  7. Dorothy Bryant, May 31, 1986 Age: 22
    • Dr. Robert Prince
    • Dallas Medical Ladies Clinic, Dallas, TX
  8. Deborah Lozinski, June 21, 1985 Age: 17
    • Medical Care Center, Woodbridge, NJ
  9. Yvonne Mesteth, July 27, 1985 Age: 18
    • Dr. Benjamin Munson, Rapid City, SD
  10. Yvette Poteat, July 29, 1985 Age: 26
    • Dr. Marion Dorn Jr.
    • The Ladies Clinic, Charleston, SC
  11. Gaylene Golden, September 30, 1985 Age: 21
    • Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds, Oklahoma


1986 (CDC: 11 legal, 2 undetermined, 13 total)
  1. Rosael Rodriguez, January, 1986 Age: 27
    • Dr. Angel Acevado Montalvo, U.S. Virgin Islands
  2. Christella Forte January 14, 1986 Age: 16
    • New Centre Hospital, Detroit, MI
  3. Janyth Caldwell, February 4, 1986 Age: 36
    • Dr. George Wayne Patterson, AL
  4. Laniece Dorsey February 6, 1986 Age: 17
    • Family Planning Associates Medical Group, Orange County, CA (NAF)
  5. Magnolia Thomas, February 19, 1986 Age: 36
    • Dr. Rudolph Moragne
    • Hedd Surgi-Center, Chicago, IL
  6. Gail Wright, March 26, 1986 Age: 29
    • Unspecified facility, New Jersey
  7. Gloria Aponte, April 29, 1986 Age: 20
    • Dr. Hanan Rotem, Stamford, CT (NAF)
  8. Claudia Caventou, May 8, 1986 Age: 33
    • Dr. H. N. Fahmy
    • Mercy Medical Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  9. Luz Rodriguez, July 9, 1986 Age: 40
    • Dr. Moshe Hachamovitch, The Bronx, NY
  10. Donna Heim, August 13, 1986 Age: 20
    • Dr. Mahlon Cannon
    • Her Medical Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  11. Carol Cunningham, August 22, 1986 Age: 21
    • Unspecified facility, Albuquerque, NM
  12. Jacqueline Reynolds, September 5, 1986 Age: 22
    • Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  13. Liliana Cortez, September 25, 1986 Age: 22
    • Dr. Leo Keneally
    • Her Medical Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  14. Michelle Madden
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    • November 24, 1986 Age: 18
    • Dr. O. B. Evans
    • Family Planning Medical Center, Mobile, AL
  15. Sylvia Moore, December 31, 1986 Age: 18
    • Dr. Arnold Bickham
    • Urgent Medical Care Clinic, Chicago, IL


1987 (CDC" 7 legal, 2 illegal , 9 total)
  1. Pamela Wainwright, January 16, 1987 Age: 37
    • Shallowford Community Hospital, Fulton County, GA
  2. Belinda Byrd
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    • January 27, 1987 Age: 37
    • Dr. Stephen Pine
    • Inglewood Women's Hospital, Inglewood, CA
  3. Kathy Davis, February 6, 1987 Age: 26
    • Unspecified facility, Cleveland, OH
  4. Elise Kalat, February 12, 1987 Age: 22
    • Planned Parenthood, Massachusetts
  5. Brenda Benton, April 20, 1987 Age: 35
    • Dr. Dusan Zivkovic
    • Biogenetics, Chicago, IL
  6. Patricia King, May 4, 1987 Age: 24
    • Dr. Dean Diment, Tulsa, OK
  7. Diane Watson, August 29, 1987 Age: 27
    • Dr. Rudolph Moragne
    • Hedd Surgi-Center, Chicago, IL
  8. Iris Velazquez, September 5, 1987 Age: 20
    • Maria De Los Santos Health Center, Philadelphia, PA
  9. Michelle Thames
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    • November 17, 1987 Age: 18
    • Her Medical Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  10. Myria McFadden, December 8, 1987 Age: 28
    • Dr. Hazel Tape, Washington, DC
  11. Sheila Watley, December 29, 1987 Age: 31
    • Dr. Richard Cunningham
    • Concerned Women's Center in Houston, TX


1988 (CDC: 16 legal)
  1. Eurice Agbagaa, January 15, 1989 Age: 26
    • Dr. Abram Zelikman, New York
  2. Stacy Ruckman, February 20, 1988 Age: 23
    • Dr. Scott Barrett
    • Central Health Center for Women, Springfield, IL
  3. Erna Fisher March 10, 1988 Age: 18
    • Dr. Dennis Miller, Kansas City, KS
  4. Denise Montoya, May 29, 1988 Age: 15
    • Dr. Douglas Karpen
    • Women's Pavillion, Houston, TX
  5. Joyce Ortenzio June 8, 1988 Age: 32
    • Dr. Ruben Marmet
    • San Vicente Hospital (FPA), Los Angeles, CA (NAF)
  6. Dawn Mendoza, June 29, 1988 Age: 28
    • Dr. Edward Rubin
    • Women's Medical Pavilion, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  7. Junette Barnes, July 8, 1988 Age: 27
    • Dr. Ted Shields
    • Surgicare Outpatient Care Center, Victoria, TX
  8. Laura Sorrels, August 6, 1988 Age: 30
    • Unspecified facility, California
  9. Teresa Smith, August 7, 1988 Age: 31
    • Unspecified facility, Mississippi
  10. "Kelly" B., August 10, 1988 Age: 19
    • Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, New York, NY
  11. Allegra Roseberry, August 13, 1988 Age: 41
    • Dr. Young Ahn
    • Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  12. Tami Suematsu, August 19, 1988 Age: 19
    • Dr. Vern Wagner
    • Riverside Family Planning Center (FPA), Los Angeles, CA (NAF)
  13. Demetrice Andrews, November 9, 1988 Age: 22
    • Unspecified facility, Georgia
  14. Teresa Causey, December 3, 1988 Age: 17
    • Dr. Joe McDaniel, Macon, GA
  15. Janice Gumm, December 5, 1988 Age: 17
    • Dr. Jesse Chandler
    • Dimensions Medical Center, Des Plaines, IL
  16. Katrina Poole, December 6, 1988 Age: 16
    • Unspecified facility, Florida


1989 (CDC: 12 legal, 1 illegal, 13 total)
  1. Glenna Jean Fox January 19, 1989 Age: 17
    • Dr. Morris Wortman, New York
  2. Erica Richardson, March 2, 1989 Age: 16
    • Dr. Gene Crawford, Prince George's County, MD
  3. Glenda Davis, March 14, 1989 Age: 31
    • Dr. Robert Hanson
    • Aaron Family Planning, Harris County, TX
  4. Gladyss Estanislao, May 12, 1989 Age: 28
    • Dr. Alan Ross
    • Wisconsin Avenue Women's Health Care Center, Maryland
  5. Margaret Clodfelter, June 16, 1989 Age: 19
    • Dr. William Fitzhugh
    • Richmond Medical Center for Women, Richmond, VA
  6. Debra Gray, July 15, 1989 Age: 34
    • Dr. Gideon Kioko
    • Hillview Women's Medical Center, Severna Park, MD
  7. Charisse Ards
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    • July 28, 1989 Age: 20
    • Unspecified facility, Colorado
  8. Marla Cardamone
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    • August 16, 1989 Age: 18
    • Dr. Michael Weinberger
    • Magee Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  9. Laura France September 6, 1989 Age: 33
    • Verified self-induced with air compressor, Mansfield, OH
  10. Synthia Dennard, September 7, 1989 Age: 24
    • Dr. Inno Obasi
    • Biogenetics, Chicago, IL
  11. Debra Walton, September 25, 1989 Age: 35
    • Unspecified facility, Birmingham, AL
  12. Brenda Banks, October 1, 1989 Age: 35
    • Dr. Llewelyn Crooks
    • Hillcrest Women's Surgi-Center, Washington, DC
  13. Catherine Pierce, October 10, 1989 Age: 27
    • Dr. Daniel McBrayer
    • Atlanta Surgi-Center, Atlanta, GA
  14. Karretu Jabbie, November 2, 1989 Age: 24
    • Unspecified facility, Washington, DC

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