Dr. Sven Windrow, Chicago, 1929
On July 16, 1929, Dr. Sven Windrow
performed an abortion on 19-year-old Emmy Anderson at a Chicago
location. Emmy died on July 24. Dr. Windrow was held by the coroner on
July 25. Jacque Lagrave, age 67, was held as an accessory. Windrow was
indicted February 6, 1929 for felony murder. Emmy, a native of Colic, Sweden, worked as a maid. Her abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.
Mrs. Sophie Layton, Raleigh, 1931
Mrs. Sophie Layton of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced to five
years for the abortion death of 20-year-old Miss Celia Roberts of
Granville County. Celia had gone to Raleigh in July of 1931 for an abortion, which was
perpetrated on July 22. She was taken to a hospital in Oxford, where she
died on July 24 after naming Layton as her abortionist.
A Justice of the Peace, I. E. Harris, was arrested "on charges of
advising and procuring the operation." He turned state's evidence and
identified Layton as the abortionist -- though on her deathbed Celia had
sworn that Harris had nothing to do with her situation.