Joan Campcalifornia, 20s, 1980sSUMMARY: Joan Camp, age 22, died May 19, 1985 in Alameda County, CA after an abortion.
The autopsy report for 22-year-old Joan Marie Camp attributed her death to “complications apparently as a result of a recent termination of pregnancy.”
Joan had been found unconscious in the morning on May 18, 1985. She was rushed to Memorial Hospital in San Leandro, California, where doctors tried to save her life.
Their efforts were futile. Joan died the next morning, May 19, 1985, from clots in her lungs.
The CDC classified Joan’s death as “unknown” abortion, because they could not find out where the abortion was done. The CDC does not count an abortion death as a legal abortion death unless they can verify that the person who performed the abortion was a licensed physician, or another legally qualified medical professional in states that allow non-physician abortions.
Sources: California Certificate of Death, 85-069355; Alameda County Coroner’s Report, 85-1122; Life Dynamics “Blackmun Wall”