Iva Coffman

Sometime in 1947, Iva Rodeffer Davis Coffman performed an abortion on Kerneda C. Bennett, resulting in her death and leaving her husband, J. Raymond Bennett, a widower. Kerneda’s estate sued to recover $15,000 damages. The jury returned with a verdict of $8,000.

Mrs. Coffman was convicted of performing the fatal abortion and incarcerated.