Legal Abortion Death: Yvonne Mesteth, 18

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

Life Dynamics lists Yvonne on their “Blackmun Wall” of women killed by legal abortions.

LDI notes the following:

# Yvonne was in the second trimester of her pregnancy.
# The abortion was performed in Munson’s office in Rapid City.
# Yvonne 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.

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

Credit: Christina Dunigan

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