Debra Walton was 35 years old when she underwent an abortion in the fall of 1989. On September 24, 1989, about three weeks after the abortion, she was admitted to University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She was in septic shock. Despite efforts to save her, she died the next day, September 25, 1989. Her death certificate does not say where the abortion took place or who performed it.
Had Debra died fifty years earlier, in 1939 instead of 1989, abortion advocates would have blamed her death on laws against abortion -- laws against doing the thing that killed her. Who can they blame now?