A year to the day before Roe vs. Wade, 26-year-old Kathryn Strong died at Civic Center Hospital in Oakland, California, of hemorrhage and shock from an abortion performed the day before. She left a three-year-old son motherless.
Though her abortion predated Roe by a year, it wasn't the back-alley kind Roe was heralded as eliminating. It was one of the safe and legal kind we were assured would usher in a new era of happy families, wanted children living free from abuse, and women who need never fear that their abortionist would also be their killer.
But as you can see from the graph below, legalization only changed what kind of abortions women died from. It didn't do anything to change the existing trend toward reduced maternal mortality:
Legalized abortion doesn't protect women from death. It protects abortionists from prosecution.
For more abortion deaths, visit the Cemetery of Choice:
For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post.
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