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Abortion History: Doctors jailed for abortion death
Madeline McGeehan's death results in prosecutions
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On November 18, 1942, 26-year-old Madeline McGeehan died at Prospect Hospital in New York after an illegal abortion.

Arrested were Dr. Joseph Nisonoff; his nurse, Camille Ewald; his receptionist, Pearl Tense; and Dr. Max J. Weinstein, who was thought to have referred Madeline to Nisonoff.

Nisonoff was out on bail after being charged with performing another abortion, which the woman survived.

A man identified as Madeline's friend, Henry Elters, was held as a material witness.

Nisonoff was sentenced to 5 years in state prison, and Weinstein was sentenced to the city penitentiary.

Madeline's abortion was typical of pre-legalization abortions in that it was performed by a physician.


Sources: New York Times 11-27-42, 12-1-42, 12-2-42, 12-3-42, 3-11-43, 4-1-43, 4-9-43, 1-21-45

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