Today's anniversaries are all of the pre-Roe kind, the work of doctors and midwives in an era before antibiotics, when poking around inside the uterus was a foolhardy move.
On June 12, 1922, Louise Huse, a 30-year-old punch press operator, died at
Chicago's Mid West Hospital from a criminal abortion perpetrated
that day. On June 16, midwife Agnes Tholl was arrested on the recommendation of the coroner. So far Louise's death is the only one I've found attributed to Tholl,
so either she practiced her trade very carefully or she did not habitually
perpetrated abortions but made an exception in Louise's case for some
On July 14, 1921, 23-year-old homemaker Edna May Rohner died at Illinois
Masonic Hospital in Chicago from an abortion perpetrated by Dr. Otto Klemmick. He was held by the coroner and tried, but acquitted on June 12, 1923. So far Edna's death is the only one I've found attributed to Klemmick.
In June of 1902, Irene Wengel traveled to Tampa, Florida, where her cousin had arranged for her to stay at the
home of Dr. Frederick N. Weightnovel for an abortion. Testimony about
days and dates is evidently jumbled. The abortion was reportedly
performed June 6. The only date
we can perhaps rely upon is the date of Irene's death: June 12. Dr. B. G. Abernathy
was called in to attend to Irene after the abortion. Abernathy diagnosed
her Irene suffering from blood poisoning caused by retained placenta.
Abernathy performed a
D&C. At some point Weightnovel asked
Abernathy to send a telegram to Irene's parents. An undertaker
testified that he'd been summoned to remove Irene's body, and was asked
to do so quietly and discreetly to keep the news of Irene's death
secret.Weightnovel was convicted of manslaughter in Irene's death.
Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like
antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future.