Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1877: Midwife arrested for abortion death

On October 20, 1877, Nellie Ryan, an unmarried 21-year-old white woman from Turner Junction, Illinois, died in Chicago during a criminal abortion. Midwife Amelia Spork was arrested for Nellie's death.

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

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