Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1891: Back alley abortion proves fatal

On December 22, 1891, a Swedish girl named Tillie Thom was found dead at the office of Dr. Franklin Brooks in Chicago. Tillie had died of an abortion performed there that day. Brooks was found responsible for Tillie's death by Coroner's Verdict.

Tillie's abortion was typical of those before legalization in that it was performed by a physician.

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

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