Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1905, 1930, 1989: Equally dead

On March 14, 1905, 27-year-old seamstress May Putnam died at Chicago's Monroe Street Hospital from complications of an abortion. May had been brought to the hospital two days earlier, in critical condition, and the police were notified and identified Dr. Lucy Hagenow (pictured) as the guilty abortionist. Hagenow was also responsible for the deaths of Marie Hecht, Lola Madison , Annie Horvatich , Lottie Lowy, Nina H. Pierce, Jean Cohen, Bridget Masterson, Elizabeth Welter, and Mary Moorehead.

On March 14, 1930, Alberta Beard, age 29, died at the office of Dr. Davis Lucas from an abortion performed there that day. Lucas was arrested on May 24, on recommendation of the coroner. Lucas was indicted for felony murder in Alberta's death on August 7.

On March 7, 1989, 31-year-old mother of two Glenda Davis died from injuries sustained in an abortion perpetrated by by Robert Hanson at Aaron Family Planning March 11, 1989. During the abortion, Glenda suffered a 1.5 - 2 inch long wound to her uterine artery and vein complex, causing massive bleeding. After a delay, staffers decided to transfer Glenda to the hospital after loading her into a staffer's car. With the IV still in her arm, Glenda was driven to HCA Memorial Hospital. She had no blood pressure and almost no pulse upon arrival, and remained in a coma until her death.

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