Thursday, July 24, 2008

1929: Teen dies after abortion by doctor

On July 24, 1929, 19-year-old Emmy Anderson died of complications of an abortion that had been performed by Dr. Swen Windrow of Chicago on July 16.

Dr. Windrow was held by the coroner on July 25. Jacqu Lagrave, age 67, was held as an accessory. Windrow was indicted February 6, 1929 for felony murder.

Emmy's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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