Sunday, April 26, 2009

1926: Criminal abortion death

On April 26, 1926, Mrs. Fern Strecker, age 26, died at West Suburban Hospital from an abortion performed that day. The coroner fingered Elizabeth Schade, who was operating an illegal abortion business at a Chicago location. Aside from her abortion work, Schade's profession is not given.

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

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