Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two anniversaries from illegal abortions

On June 13, 1882, Ruth Phillips delivered stillborn twins. She was near death herself. A few days later she made a shocking deathbed statement to her sisters: she said that their father was the father of the twins, and that he had used instruments on her to cause the abortion that killed the twins and was soon to take her own life. Ruth died on June 25, and was buried on the 25th. An autopsy was performed, which evidently corroborated the girl's deathbed statement, since her father, James T. Phillips, was arrested. There was such outrage in the community that Phillips was in danger of being lynched.

Yup. Incestuous rapists have always used abortion as a means of trying to cover up their crimes. And legalizing abortion made it even easier. Nice work, guys.

On June 25, 1911, 20-year-old Mrs. Anna L. Mueller died from a criminal abortion performed by Dr. George Lotz. Lotz was arrested July 5. He was indicted for felony murder. There is no record that he served time for the crime, but Leslie Reagan indicates that he was expelled from the Chicago Medical Society after admitting guilt in Anna's death. Anna's abortion was typical of pre-legalization abortions in that it was performed by a physician.


supergrouper said...

Does the article mention what happened to her father? I hope that he didn't get off with a mere arrest...

Christina Dunigan said...

I shared everything I could find, so I just don't know the outcome.