Monday, April 19, 2010

1940: Fatal help

On April 17, 1940, Mrs. Josephine Williams and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Adele H. Sassen, were sentenced to prison for an illegal abortion resulting in the death of a Long Beach woman. The abortion had been performed on April 16, 1939, and the woman died three days later.

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

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