On May 7, 1905, Mrs. Hannah Calhoun died in Peoria, Illinois, from fever and blood poisoning attributed to an abortion.
At first, Dr. J. W. Parker
and his assistant, Dr. John Peattie, were held in the death. Then the
Grand Jury held from Sophia Spellman, Hannah's mother. Her testimony, to
the effect that Parker had only been called in to attend to Hannah
after she had taken ill, was enough to lead the Grand Jury to exonerate
the men, though they were reputed abortionists. Parker had been charged
in another abortion, evidently not fatal, several years earlier.
mother would not concede that Hannah had aborted the pregnancy, but
said that if there had been an abortion performed, Hannah must have done