In January of 1902, Abraham Conheim promised marriage to 19-year-old Harriet Larocque. According to her father, Harriet was "previously chaste and of good reputation." With the promise of marriage, Harriet became sexually involved with Conheim. In April of 1902, Harriet discovered that she was pregnant. Conheim reneged on his promise of marriage, and instead arranged a criminal abortion for her. Harriet took ill after the abortion, dying on April 25.
Harriet‘s father sued Conheim for seducing and debauching his daughter, impregnanting her, and causing her death.
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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