Monday, April 25, 2011

Four anniversaries today

The first is one I have very little information about:

On April 25, 1899, Sarah Messinger died in St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago from an abortion performed by Marie Kampfer. Sarah died at the crime scene on the day the abortion was performed. Kampfer was held for $5,000 bond by Coroner's Jury.

I have a little more information regarding the circumstances of the next death:

In January of 1902, Abraham Conheim promised marriage to 19-year-old Harriet Larocque. With the promise of marriage, Harriet became sexually involved with Conheim. In April of 1902, Harriet discovered that she was pregnant. Conheim reneged on his promise of marriage, and instead arranged a criminal abortion for her.
Harriet took ill after the abortion, dying on April 25. Harriet's father sued Conheim for seducing and debauching his daughter, impregnating her, and causing her death.

The next is one of a chain of deaths attributed to an osteopath in the Oklahoma City area. For details, click on the woman's name:

Richard Thacker maintained an office and operating rooms in the Terminal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Frank Lee, a University of Oklahoma football player, brought his wife, Nancy Joe, to Thacker's practice on April 23, 1932. Frank and Nancy were keeping the marriage secret, which might have been at least part of why they sought an abortion. Thacker later testified that he placed drugs into Nancy Joe's vagina, instructing Frank to take her to a hospital afterward for observation.
But by the time 17-year-old Nancy was taken to Oklahoma City General Hospital, she was near death. She said that Thacker had performed an abortion on her.

Our final death is from safe-n-legal days:

Twenty-two-year-old Nicole Williams was the third patient known to have died of safe and legal abortion complications under the dubious care of Dr. Robert Crist. The others were 17-year-old Latachie Veal and Diane Boyd, a mentally disabled teenage rape victim. Nichole submitted to a first-trimester abortion at Reproductive Health Services in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 25, 1997.
Reproductive Health Services, a National Abortion Federation member facility, is operated by Planned Parenthood of St. Louis. Crist serves as medical director.

In 1899, killing a woman via abortion got you arrested. By the 1990s, it got you a lucrative position in a reputable chain of "reproductive health care" facilities.

Yeah, things have really improved. For abortionists.

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