On January 29, 1929, Louise Allman, age 25, underwent an abortion at the home of Amelia K. Jaruez, a midwife. The address is also listed as a medical facility, so evidently she provided care to legitimate patients there as well.
On February 5, Louise died. Jaruez was held by the coroner on February 23, and indicted for homicide by a grand jury, but she was acquitted on July 2. My source doesn't say why.
Research on criminal abortions shows a lot of roadblocks to successful conviction. Prolifers seeking to stop abortion with a ban would do well to study these cases before drafting their laws, so as to close the loopholes these abortionists would wriggle out through. And think creatively, asking, "If I was a lawyer, how would I try to help an abortionist beat the rap?"
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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