Friday, March 11, 2011

1929: Chicago midwife's fatal work

On February 13, 1929, 30-year-old Catherine Mau underwent an abortion at the hands of Chicago midwife Anna Heisler.

Catherine died on March 11.

On July 20, 1929, Heisler was sentenced to Joliet Penitentiary for Catherine's death.

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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