Tuesday, May 24, 2011

1912: "Abortion Provider's" Fatal Work

On May 24, 1912, 24-year-old Margaret Duyer died at Englewood Union Hospital in Chicago, the day after an abortion perpetrated by Paulina Lindenson. Lindenson's profession is listed only as "abortion provider" so it is likely that she was a lay abortionist.

She was held by the Coroner on May 24, and indicted by a Grand Jury on July 19, but the case never went to trial.

Note, please, that with overall public health issues such as doctors not using proper aseptic techniques, lack of access to blood transfusions and antibiotics, and overall poor health to begin with, there was likely little difference between the performance of a legal abortion and illegal practice, and the aftercare for either type of abortion was probably equally unlikely to do the woman much, if any, good. For more information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, see Abortion Deaths 1910-1919.
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For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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