Friday, March 08, 2019

March 8: Safe and Legal in New York

Safe and Legal in New York 1972

New York City Chief Medical Examiner Milton Helpern did not shate the abortion lobby's elation about the new law. Rather, he expressed concern that ill-equipped and poorly-staffed freestanding legal abortion facilities were posing a danger to women. He was right.

In early March of 1972, "Colleen took advantage of the new law and traveled from Michigan to New York for a safe and legal abortion. She was 21 years old and 20 weeks pregnant. Colleen had a history of asthma. During the abortion, she went into respiratory arrest. She died March 8.

"Connie" was 31 years old when she, too took advantage of the liberalized law and underwent a safe and legal abortion in New York on March 3, 1972. She went into cardiac arrest during the abortion. Attempts to save her life were futile; she died on March 8, five days after her abortion. She left behind one child.

The 1970 liberalization of abortion made New York an abortion mecca until the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling that abortionists could legally set up shop in any state of the union. In addition to "Colleen" and "Connie," these are the women I know of who had the dubious benefit of dying from the newfangled safe-and-legal kind of abortion in pre-Roe New York:

  • "Judy" RoeJuly, 1970, cardiac arrest during abortion
  • Carmen RodriguezJuly, 1970, salt solution intended to kill the fetus accidentally injected into her bloodstream
  • Barbara Riley, July, 1970, sickle-cell crisis triggered by abortion recommended by doctor due to her sickle cell disease
  • "Amanda" RoeSeptember, 1970, sent back to her home in Indiana with an untreated hole poked in her uterus
  • Maria OrtegaOctober, 1970, fetus shoved through her uterus into her pelvic cavity then left there
  • "Kimberly" RoeDecember, 1970, cardiac arrest during abortion
  • "Amy" Roe, January, 1971, massive pulmonary embolism
  • "Andrea" RoeJanuary, 1971, overwhelming infection
  • "Roseann" RoeFebruary, 1971, vomiting with seizures causing pneumonia after saline abortion
  • "Sandra" Roe, April, 1971, committed suicide due to post-abortion remorse
  • "Anita" RoeMay, 1971, bled to death in her home during process of outpatient saline abortion
  • Margaret Smith, June, 1971, hemorrhage from multiple lacerations during outpatient hysterotomy abortion
  • "Annie" RoeJune, 1971, cardiac arrest during anesthesia
  • "Audrey" RoeJuly, 1971, cardiac arrest during abortion
  • "Vicki" RoeAugust, 1971, post-abortion infection
  • "April" RoeAugust, 1971, injected with saline for outpatient abortion, went into shock and died
  • "Barbara" RoeSeptember, 1971, cardiac arrest after saline injection for abortion
  • "Tammy" RoeOctober, 1971, massive post-abortion infection
  • Carole SchanerOctober, 1971, hemorrhage from multiple lacerations during outpatient hysterotomy abortion
  • "Beth" RoeDecember, 1971, saline injection meant to kill fetus accidentally injected into her bloodstream
  • "Julie" Roe, April, 1972, holes torn in her uterus and bowel
  • "Robin" RoeMay, 1972, lingering abortion complications
  • "Roxanne" RoeMay, 1972, given overdose of abortion sedatives
  • "Danielle" Roe, May, 1972, air in her bloodstream

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