InglewoodmillsIn January of 1987, 37-year-old Belinda Ann Byrd had a safe and legal abortion performed by Stephen Pine at Inglewood Women’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Belinda was left unattended for three hours after the abortion, and was found unresponsive. Staff at Inglewood delayed an additional two hours before transferring her to a hospital with appropriate emergency services.
Cora May Lewis is one of four deaths currently attributed to Inglewood Women’s Hospital (aka Inglewood Women’s Clinic) in Los Angeles County. Twenty-three-year-old Cora had her safe and legal abortion at Inglewood in November of 1983. She had gonorrhea at the time of the abortion, which led to inflammation of the cervix and uterus. Cora developed fever and chills after her abortion, and was finally admitted to a hospital. She was aggressively treated for pneumonia, including surgery, but died in early December. The coroner attributed her death to pneumonia and lung abscess contributed to by the uterine and cervical inflammation. Cora is one of many deaths currently attributed to Inglewood. The others are Yvonne Tanner, Kathy Murphy, Belinda Byrd,Lynette Wallace, and Elizabeth Tsuji.
Seventeen-year-old Kathy Murphy went to Inglewood Women’s Hospital in Los Angeles County for a safe and legal abortion in August of 1973. During the days after her abortion, Kathy suffered breathing problems and became semi-conscious, so Inglewood staff transferred her by ambulance to Centinela Hospital in early September. Later that night, Cetinela transferred Kathy back to Inglewood, where John Dupont pronouced her dead at 1:20 on the morning of September 8. The autopsy found that Kathy had died of sepsis from the abortion; her cervix and uterus were infected, and her cervix covered with greenish-black pus. Other women who died after abortions at Inglewood include Belinda Byrd, Cora Lewis, Lynette Wallace, and Elizabeth Tsuji.