|Dr. Lillian Jones|
The fact that her abortion was performed in a reputable hospital did not protect Virginia from massive, ultimately fatal, injuries.
Our other two anniversaries today are from "back alley" abortions.
But evidently Marian had found an abortionist, or had done something herself more drastic than just take mild abortifacients, because doctors who examined her said that some sort of instruments had been used in the abortion that had caused her death. Meyers, a pharmacist testified, had purchased strong antiseptics which he intended to use "to sterilize instruments" prior to Marian's death. After a sensational trial, Myers was acquitted.
Dr. Thomas Walsh
Ford admitted to police that he had arranged for an abortion to be performed on Edith by Dr. Thomas E. Walsh (pictured). Ford said that Walsh had asked for his help in disposing of Edith's body, but that he had refused. Walsh and his wife were charged with murder in Edith's death.
Edith's abortion was typical of pre-Roe abortions in that it was performed by a physician.