Robert L. Gardner

Louchrisser Jackson, a 23-year-old married mother of five, was 12 weeks pregnant when she went to Dr. Robert L. Gardner for a safe and legal abortion at Reproductive Services in Dallas on November 4, 1977. Louchrisser began hemorrhaging. Gardner said that he ordered blood for a transfusion, but it didn’t arrive so about an hour before her death he attempted to give her a transfusion with his own blood — which turned out to be an incompatible type. Louchrisser died that day. Gardner requested that the body be released without an inquiry. Another physician at the hospital learned of the case and requested an inquiry.

Gardner, born in 1943, graduated from University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in 1970.

“Abortion Clinic Halt Asked,” Dallas Morning News, June 21, 1978