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Bridget Masterson, Pre-Roe Abortion Death
Died after abortion in Chicago blamed on Dr. Lucy Hagenow
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On December 16, 1925, 22-year-old Miss Bridget Masterson died in her Chicago home from a botched abortion.

Police were able to question Bridget prior to her death, but she refused to implicate anybody.

John O'Malley, a boarder and the father of Bridget's baby, committed suicide by gas after learning of Bridget's death. He left a note implicating "a lady doctor at 310 W. North Ave."

This was the address of Dr. Lucy Hagenow.

Hagenow was arrested, but it is unclear when, since the date of her arrest is noted as being the day prior to Bridget's death.

Hagenow was indicted for felony murder by a grand jury on January 5, 1926.

There were a number of deaths in Chicago attributed to Dr. Lucy Hagenow, aka Louise Hagenow aka Ida Von Scultz. These deaths include:

  • 1899: Marie Hecht
  • 1906: Lola Madison
  • 1907: Annie Horvatich
  • 1925: Lottie Lowy, Nina H. Pierce, Jean Cohen, and Elizabeth Welter
  • 1926: Mary Moorehead

    Hagenow was typical of criminal abortionists in that she was 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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