On December 16, 1982, 38-year-old Barbara Auerbach was admitted to Princeton Medical Center in New Jersey. She was vomiting, suffering from back pain, and unable to void her bladder. Doctors struggled for three hours to save her life, but in vain.
The autopsy showed that Barbara had an obstruction of her small bowel, which caused massive infection throughout her body.
Her troubles had begun on December 11, when she had gone to a New York hospital for a safe, legal abortion and tubal ligation, to be performed together. Two days later, she was discharged, without anybody having noticed any trouble with infection or bowel obstruction.
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