Meet Marie-Louise Giraud, the last woman guillotined in France
At the age of 39, Marie-Louise Giraud was executed on the morning of July 30, 1943 for performing 27 abortions in the Cherbourg Sea. She was a housewife and a mother of two children, married to a sailor.
Except being a domestic housekeeper and laundress, from the beginning of World War II, she also rented rooms to prostitutes. Her abortion action was on voluntary basis and without compensation.
In France, abortion in that time was criminal action punished with one to five years in prison plus money fee for the people who performed abortions and six months to one year for women who aborted.
Marie was guillotined because she performed even 27 abortions and was called “maker of angels”. She’s also the last woman guillotined in France.