Friday, February 01, 2013

1943: Death By Unknown Perp

On February 1, 1943, 26-year-old Anna Woznica Roche, wife of Marine Sgt. William Roche, died om Suracise. New York, of peritonitis caused by an abortion. Several people were questioned the next day but no perpetrator identified.

During the 1940s, while abortion was still illegal, there was a massive drop in maternal mortality from abortion. The death toll fell from 1,407 in 1940, to 744 in 1945, to 263 in 1950. Most researches attribute this plunge to the development of blood transfusion techniques and the introduction of antibiotics. Learn more here.

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