Thursday, October 16, 2008

1923: Criminal abortion kills Chicago teen

On October 16, 1923, 16-year-old Lauretta Schranz died at Chicago Hospital, from complications of a criminal abortion performed somewhere in Chicago on October 2. Ethel Davis and Lena Rumenstein were held by the coroner in Lauretta's death. Their professions were not listed on my source document. Davis was indicted by a grand jury for felony murder on November 15.

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

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