On February 18, 1916, Mrs. Beulah Hatch, age 24, died at Mercy Hospital in Denver. Dr. Bennett Graff, already out on bond while awaiting trial for the February 2 abortion death of Ruth Camp, was believed to have perpetrated the abortion that likely killed Beulah. Both women, in fact, were in Mercy Hospital at the same time, which means that Beulah's abortion must have been perpetrated prior to Ruth's death.
At about 2:00 p.m. on February 18, 1883, Kittie O'Toole died at the office of Dr. C. H. Orton
in Milwaukee. Ortin was convicted of double murder -- of Kittie and of
her unborn baby -- for having perpetrated the fatal abortion.
In August of 1859, the two Calkins sisters, age 16 and 18, moved to
Brooklyn to live in the boarding house of Mrs. Young. The elder, Cordelia Calkins, took up with the landlady's son, Charles, "which
resulted in the girl's ruin and death." In mid February, 1860, Cordelia
discovered that she was pregnant, and prevailed upon Charles to help
arrange an abortion. Charles asked his brother William to buy a bottle
of oil of tansy. Cordelia
started a regimen of the tansy, while Charles made "other efforts of
abortion", which succeeded in making her very sick. "For several days
she was confined to her bed, suffering the most intense physical pain." Cordelia's condition continued to deteriorate. Dr. H.W. Fowler, who had
an office nearby, was summoned. He found out about the abortion attempt
and administered witch-hazel and ginger tea to finish off the abortion,
thinking that this would save Cordelia's life. "The decoction, however,
while it added to her sufferings, did not answer the purpose for which
it had been administered, and after lingering in great agony till Sunday
afternoon, death came to her release."
Don't blame the legal status of abortion for Cordelia's decision to go herbal -- some women continue to embrace herbal abortion. (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!)