Wednesday, June 25, 2008

1911: Abortion kills woman, doc indicted, kicked out of medical society

On June 25, 1911, 20-year-old Mrs. Anna L. Mueller died from a criminal abortion performed by Dr. George Lotz. Lotz was arrested July 5. He was indicted for felony murder. There is no record that he served time for the crime, but Leslie Reagan indicates that he was expelled from the Chicago Medical Society after admitting guilt in Anna's death. Anna's abortion was typical of pre-legalization abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

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