SUMMARY: Yvonne Mesteth, age 18, died on July 27, 1985 after an abortion performed by former criminal abortionist Benjamin Munson at his clinic in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Dr. Benjamin Munson

Eighteen-year-old Yvonne Corrie Mesteth was the second of two patients to die of infection after safe and legal abortionsby South Dakota abortionist Benjamin Munson. (The other was Linda Padfield.)

Yvonne was in the second trimester of her pregnancy when abortion was performed in Munson's office in Rapid City. She developed an infection, kidney failure, and adult respiratory distress syndrome. She died on July 27, 1985.

Munson is the third former criminal abortionist I've learned of who had a clean record -- no patient deaths -- as a criminal abortionist, only to go on to kill two patients in his legal practice. The others are Milan Vuitch (Georgianna English and Wilma Harris) and Jesse Ketchum (Margaret Smith and Carole Schaner).

Despite having already killed Linda Padfield, Munson was welcomed into the National Abortion Federation

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LDI Source: South Dakota Death Certificate No. 140 85-003853