Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A midwife's work, and a beneficiary of New York's abortion law

On October 5, 1911, 38-year-old Mrs. Mary Bambrick died from an abortion perpetrated that day by midwife Emma Schultz. Schultz was held by the Coroner's Jury and indicted on October 12, but the case never went to trial. Schultz went on to kill Martha Kohnke on September 24, 1927.

"Becky" Roe was 18 years old when she traveled from Arkansas to New York for a safe and legal abortion. She was 14 weeks pregnant. The abortion was performed on September 26, 1971. Though she was running a fever the day after the abortion, staff discharged her to return home.
By the time Becky got back to Arkansas and saw a doctor, her condition was critical. She died from infection on October 5.

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