Thursday, December 18, 2008

Abortion deaths in 1932

All of the deaths I could find information about for 1932 were part of the same cluster of deaths in Oklahoma.

  • Isobel Ferguson was one of a cluster of women who died under the care of two physicians in the University of Oklahoma area, J. W. Elsiminger and Richard E. Thacker.

  • Ruth Hall was another.

  • Nancy Jo Lee's death was blamed on Thacker alone.

  • Lennis May Roach also died under Thacker's care.

  • Robbie Lou Thompson also died under Thacker's care.

  • Virginia Wyckoff died under Eisiminger's care.

    Here is the breakdown of who performed the fatal abortions I've identified for the 1930s:

    *Doctor: 73.68%
    *Perpetrator or perpetrator's profession unknown: 15.79%
    *Other medical professional: 7.89%
    *Self: 2.63

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

    For more abortion deaths broken down by year, see this post.

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