Wednesday, December 23, 2020

December 23, 1970: Safe, Legal, and Deadly

 "Kimberly" was 25 years old and 18 weeks pregnant when she underwent a safe, legal abortion under the new law, in New York City on December 23, 1970. During the abortion, she went into cardiac arrest and died, leaving behind two children.

The 1970 liberalization of abortion had 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 "Kimberly," 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: Pearl SchwierCarmen RodriguezBarbara Riley"Amanda" Roe, and Maria Ortega in 1970; "Amy" Roe"Andrea" Roe"Sandra" Roe"Anita" RoeMargaret Smith"Annie" Roe"Audrey" Roe"Vicki" Roe"April" Roe"Barbara" Roe"Tammy" RoeCarole Schaner"Beth" Roe, and "Roseann" Roe in 1971, and Connie" Roe"Julie" Roe"Robin" Roe"Roxanne" Roe, and "Danielle" Roe in the first half of 1972.

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