A Mystery Abortion in Chicago, 1917
On September 6, 1917, 29-year-old Lizzie Heimos died at Chicago's Wesley
Hospital from a criminal abortion performed by an unknown perpetrator. Given the prevalence of physicians and midwives running abortion
practices in Chicago at the time, it's likely that she availed herself
of one of them.
Self-Induced in Ohio, 1989
was supposed to eliminate dangerous self-induced abortions. Evidently
there is something other than illegality driving women to these grisly
September of 1989, 33-year-old mother of four Laura France
was found dead in the garage of her home in Mansfield, Ohio. Laura,
part-owner of a bicycle repair shop and go-go dancer at a local bar,
evidently attempted a self-induced abortion with an air compressor. She
had given herself a massive air embolism by putting 90 psi of air into
her own uterus with an 18-inch air hose. According to the Ohio Death Index, Laura died at about 3:00 p.m. on September 6.