On April 16, 1972, 14-year-old "Julie" Roe lost her battle with post-abortion peritonitis and septicemia, dying in a New York hospital.
She had undergone the safe, legal abortion on March 26, but the doctor had failed to remove all of the fetus. Doctors performed a procedure to remove the retained tissue, but during one of these attempts to complete the abortion, a doctor perforated Julie's uterus and bowel. Doctors tried to correct the damage by draining an abscess and performing a partial resection of Julie's bowel, to no avail.
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