On September 3, 1903, Mrs. Florence Gaiewski died in St. Mary's Hospital in Chicago from an abortion performed there that day. Dr. Ladislaw Slominski was arrested September 4, held by Coroner's Jury September 8, and indicted for felony murder, but discharged by a Grand Jury. Florence's abortion was typical of pre-legalization abortions in that it was evidently performed by a physician.
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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