Friday, January 16, 2009

1937: Back alley butcher kills patient in his office

On January 16, 1937, Dr. Samuel Roth performed a fatal abortion on an unidentified woman in his New York office. On December 23, 1941, Roth was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter for her death.

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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