Thursday, June 19, 2008

1928: Dies after abortion in doc's office

On June 18, 1928, 20-year-old Anna Mae Smith underwent an abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. George F. Slater. The next day, Anna died there from complications. Dr. Slater, upon learning of Anna Mae's death, committed suicide at his home by taking poison. Anna Mae's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

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