Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1910: Doc blamed but not named

On August 31, 1910, Mrs. Ellen Shirah, age 34, died in Augustano Hospital in Chicago from an abortion that had been performed the previous day at her home.

The coroner's jury determined that a doctor had been responsible, but did not identify who.

Note, please, that with overall public health issues such as doctors not using proper aseptic techniques, lack of access to blood transfusions and antibiotics, and overall poor health to begin with, there was likely little difference between the performance of a legal abortion and illegal practice, and the aftercare for either type of abortion was probably equally unlikely to do the woman much, if any, good. For more information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, see Abortion Deaths 1910-1919.


Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

Amen, sista. Abortion 'docs' only wanna git wealthy off our ignorance. We don't care what they call us, Jesus shall divide U.S. at the Divine Judgment anyway. Pray for me, please, as I shall pray for you, deal? Meet me in the Great Beyond where I shall kiss your beautiful, wonderful feet for arriving. Love you. See ya soon. God bless.

Rupert said...

There are many who are getting wealthy off peoples' ignorance KKF.
Televangelists, conservative talk show hosts like Glenn Beck, many in the Republican party, the catholic church.

The only thing dividing the U.S. is the ignorance of the besotted.

Foot fetish eh.