Joyce Ortenzio

SUMMARY: Joyce Ortenzio, age 31, died June 8, 1988 after an abortion performed by Ruben Marmet at San Vicente Hospital, a Family Planning Associates Medical Group facility in Los Angeles, CA.

fpa.jpgThe survivors of 32-year-old Joyce Ann Ortenzio, a native of Hawaii, filed suit against Edward Allred, his Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA), the San Vicente Hospital FPA facility, and abortionist Ruben Marmet.

Joyce went to San Vicente for laminaria insertion by Marmet on June 7, 1988. Later, Marmet performed asafe and legal abortion, but did not remove all of the fetal parts from Joyce’s uterus.

The next day, June 8, Joyce was found dead in her home.

The cause of death was an overdose of the drug amitriptyline, infection from fetal parts that were not removed during the abortion and septic shock.

Joyce left three children motherless.

Joyce is one of many women to die at this NAF facility after the National Abortion Federation was founded.

Other patients known to have died after abortion at Allred’s facilities include

I suspect that the reason the deaths appear in clusters is because those are years that researchers checked for lawsuits, rather than that these are all the women and girls who died at Allred facilities. Anybody with the time and resources to do so could probably uncover other deaths Allred and his staff have managed to sweep under the carpet.



  • Los Angeles County (CA) Superior Court Case No. WEC139590
  • California Death Certificate No. 88-127625