Gaylene Goldenoklahoma, 1980s, filthyfacility, quackerySUMMARY: Joe Bills Reynolds performed an abortion on 21-year-old Gaylene Golden at his clinic in Oklahoma. She died on September 30, 1985.Joe Bills Reynolds
Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds (pictured) was a jack of all trades, doing a variety of elective surgeries, including safe and legal abortions, in his filthy clinic. Reynolds’ anesthetist, age 60, had originally been hired as a janitor, and an untrained orderly was acting as his nurse. The operating room was littered with dirty cups and papers. Reynolds tried to collect $500,000 on his wife’s life insurance after she bled to death after he opened 25-inch incision, ostensibly for liposuction, on September 7, 1989. Reynolds was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. He voluntarily surrendered his Oklahoma license.
Life Dynamics identified 21-year-old Gaylene Michelle Golden on their “Blackmun Wall” as the woman who died after an abortion by Reynolds. LDI reports that Reynolds performed the abortion on Gaylene in his Oklahoma City office on September 30, 1985. Due to a cervical laceration, Gaylene developed an embolism — both air and amniotic fluid in her bloodstream. This embolism killed her, leaving Gaylene’s son motherless.
It’s difficult to look at Reynolds and think that a criminal abortionist, like the one who killed Stanislawa Zagonski on this same date in 1904, could have been any nastier.
ADDENDUM: Reynolds’ daughter, Shelly Reynolds, was charged with performing at least seven abortion without a license at her father’s clinic after he was stripped of his own license. (“District Attorney Seeks Abortion Information, The Oklahoman, July 31, 1991)
- ^ The Daily Oklahoman 4-22-91
- ^ LDI’s sources: “Doctor’s Trial Nears In Liposuction Death,” The Daily Oklahoman, Apr. 22, 1991; District Court of Oklahoma (OK) County, Case, CJ 87-2991; “Fatal Pulmonary Embolism During Legal Induced Abortion in the United States from 1972-1985,” Lawson, Herschel W., MD, Atrash, Hani K., MD, MPH, Franks, Adele L., MD, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 162, No. 4, April 1990, p. 986-990