Monday, December 22, 2008

1891: Back alley abortion fatal for Swedish girl

On December 22, 1891, a Swedish girl named Tillie Thom was found dead at the office of Dr. Franklin Brooks in Chicago. Tillie had died of an abortion performed that day in Brooks' office. Brooks was found responsible for Tillie's death by Coroner's Verdict.

Tillie's abortion was typical of those before legalization in that it was performed by a physician.

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

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