Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Anniversaries: Back-alley butchery, safe and legal reproductive health care, equally dead

On December 1, 1930, 22-year-old Jeanette Reder underwent a criminal abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. Emil Gleitsman. Jeanette died December 12. Gleitsman was arrested on December 13, and held for murder by abortion. Gleitsman was indicted by a grand jury for homicide, but was acquitted on June 15, 1931.

Thirty-year-old Sandra Williams was 11 weeks pregnant when whe underwent an abortion on December 12, 1984 in Pennsylvania. She went home following the abortion. Less than twelve hours later, she was dead. Her death certificate noted that she died from a pulmonary embolism.

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