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Alice Johnson, Criminal Abortion Death
Died after abortion in Chicago blamed on doctor
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On November 26, 1923, 23-year-old Alice S. Johnson died at Chicago's West End Hospital from a criminal abortion performed there that day.

The coroner identified Dr. Lorenz Lapsky as being responsible for Alice's death.

Lapsky was indicted by a grand jury for felony murder on December 15.

Alice's abortion was typical of criminal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.

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