Amniotic Fluid Embolism


Abortion Deaths From Embolisms

These women are some of those who died from embolisms during or after their abortions. This list is not comprehensive; I just compiled it by doing a search of my own site for the word “embolism.”

Patricia Chacon
Sixteen-year-old Patty underwent a second-trimester abortion at the hands of either Edward Allred or Leslie Orleans at Allred’s Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles in March of 1984.

Edith Cote
Edith Cote was 38 years old when she submitted to a safe and legal abortion in New York.

Sheryl Cottone
Sheryl Cottone was 23 years old when she underwent a first trimester abortion in June of 1981.

Alerte Desanges
Alerte Desanges had been informed that her fetus was deformed, so she went for an abortion at Choices Women’s Medical Center in Queens in September of 1994.

Christella Forte
Christella Marie Forte, age 16, screamed, convulsed, and went into cardiac arrest 27 hours after instillation of saline for an abortion

Laura France
Laura, part-owner of a bicycle repair shop and go-go dancer at a local bar, evidently attempted a self-induced abortion with an air compressor.

Marie Gibson
Marie had been admitted to Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson, SC, because of an intestinal obstruction some time in 1980.

Christina Goesswein
19-year-old Christina Goesswein was almost 23 weeks pregnant when she went to Dr. Moshe Hachamovitch in Bronx, New York.

Gaylene Golden
Life Dynamics identified 21-year-old Gaylene Golden on their “Blackmun Wall” as the woman who died after an abortion by Joe Bills Reynolds.

Norma Greene
Norma Greene, age 34, went into cardio-respiratory arrest in a Winston-Salem hospital in March of 1981.

Angela Hall
Angela Hall, a 27-year-old mother of five, called to arrange an abortion at Thomas Tucker’s office in Alabama

L’Echelle Head
L’Echelle Head, age 21, died in October of 2000 after an abortion at Dayton Women’s Health Services.

Denise Holmes
Denise Holmes, a 24-year-old Australian woman living in Texas, decided to undergo an abortion at Avalon Hospital in Los Angeles, California, on her way home for Christmas of 1970.

Mary Ives
Mary Ives was 28 when she had an abortion 19 weeks into her pregnancy.

Barbara Lofrumento
Like the Jacqueline Smith case in the previous decade, the strange events surrounding the death of 19-year-old Barbara Lofrumento have become almost an urban legend.

Kathy McKnight
Thirty-six-year-old Kathy McKnight underwent an abortion in September of 1993.

Lynn McNair
Lynn was 23 weeks pregnant when she was injected with saline by Dr. Edward Rubin at Jewish Memorial Hospital.

Dawn Mendoza
Dawn Mendoza underwent an abortion at the hands of Edward Rubin at Women’s Medical Pavilion in Dobbs Ferry, New York, in June of 1988.

Loretta Morton
Loretta Morton was 16 years old when she underwent a legal abortion in December of 1983.

DaNette Pergusson
DaNette Adelle Pergusson, a 19-year-old medical assistant, submitted to an abortion on in February of 1992 at the hands of Robert Tarnis of Phoenix, Arizona.

Vanessa Preston
In January of 1980, Vanessa Preston, the 22-year-old wife of a local minister, went with her husband and small son to Fairmount Clinic in Dallas.

“Amy” Roe
Amy was 35 years old when she had a legal abortion on Christmas Eve of 1970. She was 14 weeks pregnant.

“Cindy” Roe
Cindy, age 25, had a suction abortion at 9 weeks.

“Danielle” Roe
Danielle, age 18, had traveled from Massachusetts to New York for a safe and legal abortion.

“Donna” Roe
This 18-year-old died in 1973 after a prostaglandin abortion.

“Ellen” Roe
Ellen went into cardiac arrest before expelling the fetus during a saline abortion in 1974.

“Erica” Roe
Erica was 20 years old and 22 weeks pregnant when she sought an abortion in 1974.

“Malorie” Roe
This 35-year-old woman was 20 weeks pregnant when she underwent a saline abortion in 1974.

“Nancy” Roe
This 16-year-old died after a saline abortion in 1972.

Sharonda Rowe
Sharonda had an abortion done in a doctor’s office in Washington, DC on October 11, 1981.

Rhonda Ruggiero
Rhonda underwent an abortion in May of 1982. She suddenly died of an abortion-related pulmonary embolism on May 23.

Sheila Watley
In December of 1987, 31-year-old Sheila Watley had an abortion at Concerned Women’s Center in Houston, Texas.

Sandra Williams
Thirty-year-old Sandra Williams was 11 weeks pregnant when she underwent an abortion in December of 1984.