Each woman's story includes whatever documentation I can find to substantiate her death.


Women's Stories
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All Deaths by Name
  • "Kelly" B., August 10, 1988 Age: 19
    • Sloppy anesthesia, failure to resuscitate
  • Mary Bailek, September 15, 1926 Age: 23
    • Midwife indicted; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Jacqueline Bailey, December 3, 1977 Age: 29
    • Uterine rupture during risky saline abortion
  • Helen Bain, November 20, 1925 Age: 23
    • Second of three deaths linked to Dr. George Slater; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Margaret Balch, January 8, 1918 Age: 20
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Mary Balcznska, June 5, 1915 Age: 25
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • May Bambrick, October 5, 1911 Age: 38
    • First of two deaths linked to midwife Emma Schultz; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Brenda Banks, October 1, 1989 Age: 35
    • Major internal lacerations; bled to death
  • Myrtha Baptiste, December 18, 1982 Age: 26
    • Third of four deaths at Women's Care Clinic; counted by CDC as illegal because doctor's license was suspended at the time
  • Lisa Bardsley, February 17, 1995 Age: 26
    • First of two women to bleed to death after abortion by Dr. John Biskind at A-Z Women's Clinic
  • Matilda Baringer, May 17, 1876 Age 34
    • Midwife confessed
  • Catherine Barnard, April 6, 1969 Age: 35
    • Physician convicted
  • Bernice Barnes, January 24, 1929
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Junette Barnes, July 8, 1988 Age: 27
    • Multiple internal lacerations; bled to death
  • Margaret Barnts, May 8, 1928 Age: 27
    • Possible lay abortionist implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Ida Bates, 1899
    • Lay abortionist convicted of murder
  • Alberta Beard, March 14, 1930 Age: 29
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Sarah Jane Beaver, October 28, 1876 Age: 15
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Norma Beck, April 4, 1907 Age: 32
    • Physician arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Ragna Beck, July 18, 1911 Age: 24
    • Nurse or midwife arrested; case stricken off
  • Doris Becker, December 2, 1948 Age: 21
    • Physician pleaded guilty to manslaughter
  • Olivia Becker, March 19, 1915 Age 34
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Deanna Bell, September 5, 1992 Age: 13
    • 9th of 16 dead patients of NAF member chain Family Planning Associates; massive anesthesia overdose
  • Delia Mae Bell, March 26, 1889 Age: 14
    • Self-induced; unidentified abortifacient
  • Mary Bellville, March 8, 1889 Age: 22
    • Possible self-induced or amateur abortion; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Lena Benes, May 30, 1919 Age: 43
    • First of two deaths by midwife Anna Heisler; convicted but released on odd technicality
  • Jemima Beneway, February 13, 1858 Age: 21
    • Possible lay abortionist implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Kerneda Bennett, January 28, 1947 Age: c. 30
    • Possible lay abortionist convicted
  • Brenda Benton, April 20, 1987 Age: 35
    • Second of three deaths at Biogenetics; sepsis
  • Marie Benzing, February 15, 1917 Age: 28
    • Physician arrested; no trial
  • Missao Beppu, January 16, 1939 Age: 33
    • Lay abortionist convicted of manslaughter
  • Margaret Bereis, January 31, 1915 Age: 20
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Sophia Berghusen, April 28, 1880 Age: 33
    • Two midwives acquitted for reasons not indicated
  • Anna Berman, February 1, 1916 Age: 35
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Rosario Bermeo, June 14, 1983 Age: 30
    • Anesthesia mishap during hospital abortion
  • Mercedes Berriogobel
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    • February 5, 1906 Age: 15
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Lucile Bersworth, May 16, 1916 Age: 25
    • Physician suspected; no trial
  • "Agatha" Bertram, June, 1875
    • Unspecified abortifacient provided by unidentified person
  • Hughretta Binkley
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    • April 19, 1898 Age: 27
    • Physician convicted of manslaughter
  • Emily Binney, April 7, 1896 Age: 20
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Janet Blaum, March 11, 1974 Age: 37
    • Only known death linked to former criminal abortionist Dr. Sidney Knight; brain hemorrhage
  • Cassandra Bleavins, September 19, 1971 Age: 20
    • Sent home from hospital abortion with internal lacerations; bled to death
  • Mildred Bleschke, November 21, 1924 Age: 24
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Ida Alice Bloom, March 24, 1905 Age: 28
    • Physician arrested; final outcome of case unknown to me
  • Augusta Bloom, March 3, 1916 Age: 43
    • Second of two deaths linked to Dr. James Struble.
  • Mary Balogh, January 28, 1912 Age: 28
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Kate Blust, March 12, 1909 Age: 22
    • Midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Marian Blyth
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    • April 25, 1948 Age: 25
    • Physician convicted
  • Sarah Bonda, July 2, 1900 Age: 20
    • Midwife poisoned herself shortly after being arrested
  • Linda Boom, September 23, 1995 Age: 35
    • Saline accidentally injected into bloodstream during hospital abortion
  • Mary Borglun, August 4, 1900 Age: 20
    • Nurse or midwife arrested; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Anna Borndal, November 4, 1928 Age: 22
    • Third of six deaths linked to Dr. Lou E. Davis; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Augusta Boschen, July 26, 1877
    • Physician fled to avoid prosecution; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Ida Bosen, March 22, 1926 Age: 35
    • Self-induced with unspecified abortifacient
  • Alice Bowlsby
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    • August 26, 1871 Age: 25
    • Body discovered in a trunk; physician convicted of manslaughter
  • Madge Bowman, September 8, 1923 Age: 16
    • Midwife arrested, cleared, then arrested again; final outcome of case unknown to me
  • Diane Boyd, October 24, 1981 Age: 19
    • First of three dead patients of Dr. Robert Crist; drug interaction
  • Marie Boyens, September 11, 1881 Age: 26
    • Physician arrested; final outcome of case unknown to me
  • Pauline Braasch, November 13, 1910 Age: 32
    • Physician arrested; final outcome of case unknown to me
  • Mary Bradley, April 4, 1985 Age: 41
    • First of two dead patients of Dr. George Wayne Patterson; severe bleeding and clotting problems
  • Christina Brecht, February 21, 1876 Age: 26
    • Physician arrested; final outcome of case unknown to me
  • Alma Bromps, April 15, 1931 Age: 20
    • Second of two deaths linked to Dr. Thomas Ney; conviction
  • Dorothy Bryant, May 31, 1986 Age: 22
    • Anesthesia issues
  • Bessie Braun, April 6, 1906 Age: 22
    • Second death linked to midwife Julia Gibson, who confessed
  • Mabel Brock, September 23, 1907 Age: 27
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Minnie Broderick, April 7, 1889 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Alline Brown, March 10, 1929 Age: 18
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Dorothy Brown, August 16, 1974 Age: 37
    • Last of three known abortion deaths at Friendship Medical Center; uterine injuries
  • Irma Brown
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    • November 15, 1901 Age: 22
    • Physician acquitted due to possibility that the abortion had been legal
  • Mabel Brown, May 15, 1915 Age 29
    • Unidentified perpetrator
  • Mary Brubaker, March 18, 1913 Age: 25
    • Physician implicated; no trial
  • Ella Brunswick, March 5, 1907 Age: 24
    • Midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Chanelle Bryant, January 14, 2004 Age: 22
    • Last of 16 known deaths at NAF member chain Family Planning Associates; massive infection after medical abortion
  • Margaret Buetelman October 22, 1914
    • Dr. F. Waldo Whitney convicted of manslaughter
  • Cora Burke, June 23, 1899 Age: 20
    • Dr. J. J. Alcorn convicted of manslaughter
  • Mary Burns, July 1862 Age: c. 40
    • Physician implicated; outcome of case unknown to me
  • Belinda Byrd
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    • January 27, 1987 Age: 37
    • Last of five women to die at Inglewood Women's Hospital; unattended after internal injuries; bled to death
  • Martha Byzynski, August 11, 1923 Age: 26
    • Nurse or midwife implicated; outcome of case unknown to me

* The Colonial Era