Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Two Abortion Mysteries

A Mystery Abortion in Chicago, 1917

On September 6, 1917, 29-year-old Lizzie Heimos died at Chicago's Wesley Hospital from a criminal abortion performed by an unknown perpetrator. Given the prevalence of physicians and midwives running abortion practices in Chicago at the time, it's likely that she availed herself of one of them.

Self-Induced in Ohio, 1989

Legalization was supposed to eliminate dangerous self-induced abortions. Evidently there is something other than illegality driving women to these grisly acts. In September of 1989, 33-year-old mother of four Laura France was found dead in the garage of her home in Mansfield, Ohio. Laura, part-owner of a bicycle repair shop and go-go dancer at a local bar, evidently attempted a self-induced abortion with an air compressor. She had given herself a massive air embolism by putting 90 psi of air into her own uterus with an 18-inch air hose. According to the Ohio Death Index, Laura died at about 3:00 p.m. on September 6. 

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