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Lottie Lowy, Pre-Roe Abortion Death
Died after abortion in Chicago by Lucy Hagenow
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On July 26, 1925, Mrs. Lottie Lowy, age 27, died at the Chicago office of Lucy Hagenow from an abortion performed that day.

In this case, Hagenow is identified as a midwife, though in other cases she is identified as a doctor.

On September 1, Hagenow was indicted for felony murder in Lottie's death.

There were a number of deaths in Chicago attributed to either a Lucy Hagenow or a Louise Hagenow. These are the same woman, a physician/midwife who also called herself Ida Von Schultz. The deaths include:

  • 1899: Marie Hecht
  • 1906: Lola Madison
  • 1907: Annie Horvatich
  • 1925: Nina H. Pierce, Jean Cohen, Bridget Masterson, 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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