Saturday, February 05, 2011

1929: Midwife's abortion skills prove fatal

On January 29, 1929, Louise Allman, age 25, underwent an abortion at the home of Amelia K. Jaruez, a midwife.

The address is also listed as a medical facility, so evidently she provided care to legitimate patients there as well.

On February 5, Louise died.

Jaruez was held by the coroner on February 23, and indicted for homicide by a grand jury, but she was acquitted on July 2.

Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.

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

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