Friday, March 23, 2007

Illegal anniversary: Woman bullied into abortion

On March 21, 1947, Ilene Eagen was brought to Mankato, Minnesota, to the dental office of W. A. Groebner for an abortion. Court records indicate that Ilene was pressured into the abortion by her paramor, Raymond Older, who refused to marry her and threatened her with bodily harm if she refused an abortion. Charming man.

After the abortion, Ilene became violently ill and lost consciousness. Groebner and Older failed to seek or provide properly care for the sick woman. Instead, Older took Ilene to his service station in Granada, Minnesota and kept her there through the remaineder of the night, into the morning of March 22. Charming man.

Older allowed Ilene to languish without medical care. She died March 24.

Ilene left a seven-year-old daughter motherless.

Older tried to escape civil liability on the grounds that despite his refusal to marry her, and the threats, Ilene had consented to the abortion and that therefore she was responsible for her own sickness and subsequent death.

Charming man.


Anonymous said...

An interesting link:


Lauren said...

Dang it Christina, now all I can think about is "This charming man" by The Smiths

On a serious note, this guy sounds like a real creep.3

Christina Dunigan said...

Lemme turn that into a clickable link there, Bruce. Then I'll head over. Here.

Christina Dunigan said...

Sorry to get a song stuck in your head, Lauren!

Christina Dunigan said...

Ah! Yes, Bruce, I've seen that before. An excellent clearinghouse.