Friday, November 28, 2008

1888: Snake oil salesman's wares prove fatal for Dakota woman

Mrs. George Libby, age 18, died November 28, 1888, in Wahpeton in the Dakota territories.

Before her death she admitted that she had bought abortifacient drugs from "a traveling doctor who made a specialty of selling such drugs."

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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