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Mrs. Morris Swanson, Criminal Abortion Death
Died after abortion in Chicago
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On July 11, 1904, Mrs. Morris Swanson died at her home from an abortion performed there that day.

Midwife Constance Marie Anderson was arrested and held by Coroner's Jury on July 15.

Note, please, that with 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.

Illegal by Doctors Illegal by Paramedical Illegal by Amateurs Self Induced For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion Sources:
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