Barbara Hoppert was a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore when she checked into Loma Linda University Hospital for an abortion. Barbara was in the second trimester of her pregnancy. She was having the abortion on the recommendation of her physician, because of a congenital heart condition. The abortion was performed on in February of 1983. During the procedure, Barbara’s heart stopped. Physicians were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead on the operating table.
Lola Whiteman, a 21-year-old saleslady, died on December 11, 1928 after an abortion believed to have been perpetrated by midwife Mary Murawski of Rockford, Illinois.
Mary had been abandoned by her husband, Paul, in July of 1925, just a few days after their wedding. She left behind a three-year-old daughter.
Murawski went on to be convicted of the 1952 abortion death of Isabell Cuda.
- “Rockford Has Midwife Held for Abortion,” DeKalb (IL) Daily Chronicle, Dec. 13, 1928
- Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index
Lois BrownabortionistsfemaleLois Brown was tried in the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County of second degree murder and abortion in the death of 27-year-old Lucia “Lucy” Bernise Sanchez.
Brenda Banks was 35 years old and 13 weeks pregnant when she went to Hillcrest Women’s Surgi-Center in Washington, DC, for a safe, legal abortion.
The abortion was performed by Llewelyn Crooks on September 30, 1989.
Brenda went into shock, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Doctors performed an emergency hysterectomy and transfused Brenda with 20 units of red blood cells, to no avail. She died the following day, October 1, 1989.
Brenda’s uterus had been perforated and several major blood vessels had been cut or severed entirely.
Her survivors were unable to collect damages from Crooks and Hillcrest because Crooks’ insurance company was insolvent, and Hillcrest carried no insurance.
I have been unable to determine if the Hillcrest where Brenda had her abortion is affiliated with the Hillcrest in Pennsylvania where Kelly Morse had her fatal abortion.
Crooks, an ob/gyn still practicing in Sandy Spring, Maryland, was married to nurse Barbara Y. Crooks until her death in 2011. He graduated from Howard University School of Medicine in 1973.
Linda Boomwisconsin, fetalindications, instillationSUMMARY: Linda Boom, age 35, died September 23, 1995 after an abortion performed by Karen Watson at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.
The widower of a Wisconsin teacher killed in a safe, legal abortion has filed suit against the hospital training the resident who did the procedure.
Linda May Brunnbauer Boom, age 35, went to Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee for an abortion on September 21, 1995.
Linda and her husband, Dennis Boom, had married in 1993 and planned to start a family. Linda learned that she was pregnant in June of 1995, but in September elected abortion because the fetus had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Linda’s aunt had Down Syndrome, which Linda believed meant “no life.”
Fourth-year resident Karen S. Watson administered an amnioinfusion. Linda reported pain and said she was “burning up all over.” This is consistent with what a woman might experience during a botched saline abortion.Daniel GilmanWatson’s supervising physician, Daniel Gilman, injected more chemicals into Linda’s uterus. Dennis Boom’s attorney, Patrick Dunphy, said that the two injections caused the heart damage that killed Linda 36 hours after the first injection.
Watson did not use ultrasound to guide the needle injecting the poison into Linda, and apparently she injected the chemicals directly into Linda’s bloodstream instead of into the amniotic sac.
The defense, of course, says that there was no negligence. Also, the hospital says that Gilman is responsible for Linda’s death, because he performed the second injection and was supervising Watson. Gilman can’t be named in the suit because the statute of limitations expired before Linda’s husband filed.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gilman “had performed more than 100 abortions.” Watson has started an ob/gyn practice in Milwaukee.
News coverage of the case does not indicate why Watson and Gilman chose the antiquated instillation technique for Linda’s abortion. Since the late 1960s, nations such as Sweden, Japan, and the Soviet Union had abandoned instillation abortions as being far too dangerous for the mother. US abortionists began abandoning the technique in the mid-1980s.
Source: “Malpractice caused woman’s death, lawyer says,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Apr. 25, 2001
Lillian Hobbsabortionists, abortionistsfemaleOn the last day of April, 1917, Mrs. Ruth Lemaire, age 24, died at West Side Hospital in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion. In her deathbed statement she implicated Dr. Lillian Hobbs. However, the coroner’s jury did not place blame on Hobbs, and the case came to naught.
Hobbs, wife of attorney Edward M. Seymour, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for Alda Christopherson’s death.
Hobbs had first been convicted in June of 1917 for Alda’s death but was able to get a new trial on appeal. While awaiting a new trial, Ellen Matson had named Hobbs as her abortionist in a deathbed statement. Hobbs was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in Joliet, weeping as she was led from the courtroom. She fought her conviction, though, and appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Hobbs was born in England around 1867. She married Seymour on July 29, 1907 in Laporte, Iowa. She owned a maternity hospital in Chicago but refused to obtain a license to operate it.
- “Woman Doctor Begins 14 Year Term in Prison,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 13, 1920
- “Lawyer’s Wife Accused of Murder by Abortion,” Chicago Tribune, Apr. 14, 1916
- “Woman Doctor Convicted as Girl’s Slayer,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 17, 1919
- “Hospitals Refuse to Obtain License,” Chicago Inter-Ocean, Jul. 14, 1912
SUMMARY: Liliana Cortez, age 22, died September 25, 1986 after an abortion performed by Leo Keneally at Her Medical Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.
Other than having asthma, Liliana was in good health when she went for her abortion. After the procedure, she went into cardiac arrest.
There was a 40-minute delay until the paramedics arrived to transport Liliana to a hospital. She died five days later.
Liliana’s death was ruled a “therapeutic misadventure,” which a coroner’s spokesman called, “a nice medical term for a mistake.”
An attorney for Her Medical Clinic said, “If something like this happened at a hospital … people would just say it was bad luck, one of those flukey things. But … all of a sudden they make it seem like these (abortion clinics) are terrible places where terrible things happen.”
- Los Angeles Herald Examiner 2-22-88
- “Deaths of 3 Women Following Abortions Spur Clinic Probes,” Los Angeles Times, Feb. 29, 1988
- “State Panel Accuses MD of Negligence in 3 Deaths,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 1990
Dr. Leroy H. Carhart is in the news again as a patient died during one of his third-trimester abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Maryland.
What is Carhart’s background?
Numerous old news articles about Carhart cover allegations raised by his clinic administrator. The allegations included that Carhart:
- Altered a patient chart on February 14, 1991
- Engaged in telephone conversations during procedures in 1991
- Refused to follow proper infection control procedures dealing with a patient with active tuberculosis June 14, 1991
- Fell asleep injecting a patient June 14, 1991.
The clinic administrator who first reported these allegations also alleged that Carhart left an abortion patient on the table to go outside and throw rocks at the procedure room window on October 23, 1990. This was when Carhart was doing abortions at Women’s Medical Center of Nebraska.
Carhart has taken a leadership role in abortion. According to news sources, a semi-retired ophthalmologist and a pathologist have approached Carhart to learn abortion techniques. Carhart was hired to perform abortions at Planned Parenthood in Bloomington, IN. (Sources: Chronicle/Examiner 9-19-93; Detroit News 9-5-93; 846 – Omaha World-Herald 7-26-91, 8-11-92, 4-13-93, 5-17-93, 6-3-93; Herald-Times 7-9-92; Letter to health department 6-21-94, Douglas County District Court Doc. 899, Petition for Disciplinary Action)
Carhart has also been in trouble for non-abortion issues. News reports state that 4 of his 11 horses, and two dogs, were confiscated by the humane society due to neglect. An officer of the humane society said she had not obtained a warrant because the animals were in danger of death. She also said that the horses were in danger of starvation even though several large bales of inferior-quality hay were outside a fence, just beyond the reach of the horses. Some of the older horses had bite marks on their backs indicating that younger horses had driven them away from what food was available, and that the most skeletal of the horses, a 20 to 30-year-old female, had to be coaxed from a barn that was a foot deep in mud and excrement. The humane society spokesperson also said that Carhart “wasn’t too happy” that she had taken the horses, and that he threatened to file charges against her. (Source: Bellevue Leader 7-25-92)
It was Carhart who was attempting to resuscitate Christin Gilbert when she was dying during a third-trimester abortion at George Tiller’s infamous Wichita late abortion facility in 2004.
On October 1, 1914, eighteen-year-old Lillie Giovenco died at Wesley Hospital in Chicago from complications of a criminal abortion.
Dr. Eva Shaver, Dr. Leopold Pijan, and Dr. John Fernow were held by the coroner in Lillie’s death.
The coroner concluded that the fatal abortion had been preformed on September 5 in a medical facility that my source describes as “Abortion place”.
The involvement of Leopold Pijan raised an interesting question to me. A man identified as a “scrub nurse” named Leobaldo Pejuan was sentenced in the 1955 abortion death of Jacqueline Smith in New York.
The similarity of names, however, is purely coincidental. Our New York scrub nurse was from a large extended family in Puerto Rico that appears to be in no way connected to the Pijan family in Chicago.
Leopold Henry Pijan was born Jul. 12, 1878 in either Germany (according to his naturalization and census records) or Poland (according to his draft cards). He arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, in Apr. of 1888, and was naturalized as a citizen in Chicago on Apr. 3, 1905. He married Emma M. Mengel in Chicago on Oct. 19, 1914, and they had a daughter, Margaret, who might have herself become a physician.
Leobaldo E. Pijuan was born Apr. 5, 1909, and enlisted in the US Army on Oct. 8, 1941, and was discharged on Sept. 28, 1945. He had 4 years of high school and was enlisted as a trained nurse. He died in Puerto Rico on Jul. 10, 1989.