Friday, May 06, 2005

Lest we forget -- illegal abortion death

On May 5, 1938, Mrs. Genevieve Horton, a practical nurse, pleaded guilty in an abortion case in Westchester County, New York. She was released on $1,500 bail. According to an indictment, after being released, Horton performed an abortion on 29-year-old Mrs. Asunta La Rosa, a mother of three. Asunta died in her home later that evening.

Since the New York Times didn't specify when Asunta died, I've listed her in May.

Genevieve Horton is an example of the second-largest group of illegal abortionists: non-physicians with medical training. For a while in the mid- to late-1990s, there was a drive within the prochoice lobby to promote paramedical abortion providers. This drive is no longer on the front burner for some reason, despite repeated lamentations about the "provider shortage."

Laws don't kill women. Abortionists do.

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