On November 30, 1927, 22-year-old homemaker Lucille van Iderstine died in the Chicago office of Dr. Emil Gleitsman, from an abortion that had been performed on her that day. Gleitsman was indicted for felony murder in Lucille's death on January 15, 1928.

Lucille's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.

Gleitsman went on to be arrested for murder by abortion in the 1930 death of 22-year-old Jeanette Reder, but he was acquitted on June 15, 1931

Gleitsman was convicted three times on a single charge of manslaughter by abortion in 1934 (I'm assuming related to the death of 21-year-old Mary Colbert in 1933), but each time his lawyer got a reversal and eventually the prosecutors gave up.

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.

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For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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