Category Archives: Legal Abortion Deaths

Legal Abortion Death: Margaret Paula Clodfelter, 19

Margaret Paula Clodfelter was 19 years old when she had a safe and legal abortion at Richmond Medical Center For Women on June 2, 1989. The abortion was performed by William Fitzhugh. After she was discharged from the clinic, Margaret … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Sophie McCoy, 17

On September 17, 1990, 17-year-old Sophie went to the office of National Abortion Federation member Abu Hayat. Sophie was accompanied by her mother and by the husband of the operator of a facility identified as “the Willoughby Avenue Clinic.” She … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Laniece Dorsey, 17

Seventeen-year-old Laniece Dorsey underwent a safe and legal abortion at a Family Planning Associates Medical Group facility in Orange County, California, on February 6, 1986. FPA is a National Abortion Federation member facility. Laniece lapsed into a coma, was transferred … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Maureen Espinoza, 16

Life Dynamics lists 16-year-old Maureen Espinoza on their “Blackmun Wall” of women killed by legal abortions. Citing an article in the San Antonio Express-News dated April 24, 1997, LDI notes: # Maureen’s abortion was performed at a doctor’s office in … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Christina Goesswein, 19

19-year-old Christina Goesswein, (“Patient A” in medical board documents) was almost 23 weeks pregnant when she went to the office of Dr. Braz Bortot to get a safe and legal abortion. Dr. Bortot referred her to Dr. Moshe Hachamovitch in … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Michelle Madden,18

Eighteen year old Michelle Madden, a coed, sought a safe and legal abortion from O.B. Evans at Family Planning Medical Center of Mobile, Alabama. It was performed on November 18, 1986. Michelle had been taking medication for epilepsy, and a … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Denise Montoya, 15

Denise Montoya was fifteen years old when her parents brought her to Women’s Pavillion in Houston for an abortion on May 13, 1988. Denise was 25 weeks pregnant. The abortion was performed by Douglas Karpen, an osteopath. Denise suffered severe … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Beverly Ann Moore, 15

Beverly Ann Moore, age 15, died after her abortion by Tuckey Hayes at Chattanooga Women’s Clinic. Hayes assured Beverly’s parents that she would be “all right” just fifteen minutes before she died. Chattanooga Women’s Clinic was written up for continued … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Christine Mora, 18

Eighteen-year-old Christine Mora underwent a safe, legal abortion at Doctors’ Surgical Center in Cypress, California — an FPA (Family Planning Associates Medical Group) facility. She was about 17 weeks pregnant and a high school senior. The date was November 2, … Continue reading

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Legal Abortion Death: Sara Niebel, 15

Fifteen-year-old Sara Neibel went to Midtown Hospital in Atlanta for a safe and legal abortion at 17 weeks. She was given a clean bill of health and sent home. The next day, she reported a severe headache, sore neck, neck … Continue reading

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