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Catherine Stange, Criminal Abortion Death
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On August 21, 1923, 32-year-old Catherine Stange died in Denver of septicemia due to an abortion blamed on Dr. Daniel R. Lucy. This was quite the scandal, since in addition to being a doctor, Lucy was a city councilman.

His high position also meant that he was given warning of his pending arrest for second degree murder, to give him time to arrange bail.

Lucy's only comment to the press after being told of the charge against him was to note that he was not surpirsed, that this was what he had expected from the coroner's jury.

He was later acquitted of the charges.

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:
  • "Doctor Held as Murderer", Associated Press, August 23, 1923; "Late News from All Over Colorado", Haswell Herald, November 1, 1923; "Late News from All Over Colorado", Haswell Herald, November 1, 1923

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