Thursday, September 25, 2008

1925: Two physicians, one abortion, one dead woman

On September 25, 1925, Faye McGinnis, age 23, died at her home in Chicago from complications of an abortion performed that day. The coroner identified two physicians, Walter Penningdorf and Walter Voight, as being responsible. They were arrested on September 25. Faye's husband, Roy McGinnis, was also arrested as an accomplice in his wife's death. The doctors were indicted for felony murder on October 15.

Faye's abortion was typical of criminal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

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

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