Gaylene Golden #oklahoma #1980s #filthyfacility #quackery SUMMARY: Joe Bills Reynolds performed an abortion on 21-year-old Gaylene Golden at his clinic in Oklahoma. She died on September 30, 1985.
|Joe Bills Reynolds|
Dr. Joe Bills Reynolds
(pictured) was a jack of all trades, doing a variety of elective surgeries, including safe and legal abortions
, in his filthy clinic. Reynolds' anesthetist, age 60, had originally been hired as a janitor, and an untrained orderly was acting as his nurse. The operating room was littered with dirty cups and papers. Reynolds tried to collect $500,000 on his wife's life insurance after she bled to death after he opened 25-inch incision, ostensibly for liposuction, on September 7, 1989. Reynolds was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter. He voluntarily surrendered his Oklahoma license.
Life Dynamics identified 21-year-old Gaylene Michelle Golden on their "Blackmun Wall
" as the woman who died after an abortion by Reynolds. LDI reports that Reynolds performed the abortion on Gaylene in his Oklahoma City office on September 30, 1985. Due to a cervical laceration, Gaylene developed an embolism
-- both air and amniotic fluid in her bloodstream. This embolism killed her, leaving Gaylene's son motherless.
It's difficult to look at Reynolds and think that a criminal abortionist, like the one who killed Stanislawa Zagonski
on this same date in 1904, could have been any nastier.
ADDENDUM: Reynolds' daughter, Shelly Reynolds, was charged with performing at least seven abortion without a license at her father's clinic after he was stripped of his own license. ("District Attorney Seeks Abortion Information, The Oklahoman
, July 31, 1991)
- ^ The Daily Oklahoman 4-22-91
- ^ LDI's sources: "Doctor's Trial Nears In Liposuction Death," The Daily Oklahoman, Apr. 22, 1991; District Court of Oklahoma (OK) County, Case # CJ 87-2991; "Fatal Pulmonary Embolism During Legal Induced Abortion in the United States from 1972-1985," Lawson, Herschel W., MD, Atrash, Hani K., MD, MPH, Franks, Adele L., MD, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 162, No. 4, April 1990, p. 986-990