Today I'll look at deaths in 1972. The CDC counts 65 -- 24 legal, 29 illegal, and 2 unknown.
Some of you may be thinking, "Wait a minute! Roe vs. Wade didn't legalize abortion until 1973! How can all those women be dying from legal abortions? The answer is that some states legalized abortions prior to Roe, particularly New York and California. California allowed abortion virtually on-demand, but only in hospitals. New York allowed abortion totally on-demand and not only in hospitals but in freestanding clinics and in doctors' offices.
As for the illegal abortions, they were probably performed by doctors as well, just in states that continued to frown on that sort of thing. Also, "illegal" deaths can be like Myrta Baptiste -- cases in which the woman thought the abortion was legal and safe, but after she died the CDC discovered that her doctor's license wasn't currently valid and so counted it as illegal. So any criminal abortionists who had lost their licenses in other states could have gone to New York and blended right in with the carpet-bagging criminal abortionists who hadn't lost their licenses.
I know of 16 abortion deaths in 1972, which means the CDC has at least 49 other deaths I don't know about:
For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post. Or you can place them in the context of other abortion deaths in the 1970s, and the years surrounding the 1970s:
For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:
For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post.
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