Friday, October 14, 2011

1908: Mystery death in Chicago

On October 14, 1908, Olga Anderson, age 23, died in Chicago from complications of an abortion.
There is no record of who was the guilty party, though he or she was most likely a physician.

Note, please, that with overall public health issues such as doctors not using proper aseptic techniques, lack of access to blood transfusions and antibiotics, and overall poor health to begin with, there was likely little difference between the performance of a legal abortion and illegal practice, and the aftercare for either type of abortion was probably equally unlikely to do the woman much, if any, good. For more about abortion and abortion deaths in the first years of the 20th century, see Abortion Deaths 1900-1909.

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

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