Today marks the anniversaries of the deaths of two women, 32 years apart. Both died from complications of induced abortions. Both, of course, are equally dead. But in the more recent case, there were clear beneficiaries to the legalization of abortion.
On October 13, 1939, the body of Barbara Hanson, age 21, was found in a Houston, Texas, motel room. James Carter and George F. Norton pleaded guilty to performing the abortion that killed Barbara, and each received a 5-7 year sentence. Barbara's boyfriend and another man pleaded guilty to accessory charges and were each sentenced to one year.
"Tammy" Roe traveled from Ohio to New York to undergo an abortion, which was performed on September 25, 1971. She was 33 years old. After the abortion, Tammy developed an infection which finally ended her life on October 13, 1971. Nobody was punished for causing Tammy's death.