I have fewer abortion deaths beginning in the 1930s both because death rates were falling and because the Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database did not include information after 1930.

Women's Stories from the 1930s
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All Deaths by Name
1930
  • "Chloe" 1930 (?) (Probably either Lillian Morris or Mary Parcell)
    • Dentist Milton A. Grissom, New Mexico
  • Sonia Raggins, January 5, 1930 Age: 26
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Lillian Morris, January 19, 1930 Age: 19
    • Dentist Milton A. Grissom, New Mexico
  • Rena Armstrong
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    • February 28, 1930 Age: 17
    • Dr. Charles C. Keester, Wichita, KS
  • Alberta Beard, March 14, 1930 Age: 29
    • Dr. David Lucas, Chicago, IL
  • Ethel Crowell, April 14, 1930 Age: 20
    • Dr. Hans Paulsen, Chicago, IL
  • Grace Iorio June 14, 1930 Age: 27
    • Midwife Stepina Pazkiewicz, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Mary Tulis, July 6, 1930 Age: 34
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Evelyn Dellorto, July 26, 1930 Age: 20
    • Dr. Frank Psota, Chicago, IL
  • Matilda Kleinschmidt, September 21, 1930 Age: 20
    • Dr. James Murney Nicholson, Chicago, IL
  • Dorothy Jasinski, November 29, 1930 Age: 17
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Jeanette Reder December 12, 1930 Age: 22
    • Dr. Emil Gleitsman, Chicago, IL
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1931
  • Alma Bromps, April 15, 1931 Age: 20
    • Dr. Thomas Ney, Chicago, IL
  • Celie Roberts, July 24, 1931 Age: 20
    • Amateur abortionist Sophie Layton, Raleigh, NC
  • Jane Merrill, September 26, 1931
    • Dr. Aloysius Mulholland, New York, NY
  • Myrtle Rose, December 23, 1931 Age: 21
    • Dr. Guy E. Brewer, Oklahoma
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1932
  • Geraldine Easley, March 19, 1932 Age: 19
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ethel Hestland, April 3, 1932 Age: 30
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Isobel Ferguson April 14, 1932 Age: 21
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ruth Hall, April 15, 1932 Age: 21
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Robbie Lou Thompson, April 23, 1932 Age: 21
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Lennis Mae Roach, April 24, 1932 Age: 25
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Virginia Wyckoff, April 24, 1932 Age: 21
    • Dr. J. W. Eisiminger, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Nancy Jo Lee, April 25, 1932 Age: 17
    • Dr. Richard Thacker, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Irene Kirschner, May 19, 1932 Age 24
    • Dr. Lou E. Davis, Chicago, IL
  • Dorothy Ward, June 21, 1932 Age: 18
    • Dr. C. A. Rucker (?), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Myrtle Gardner, December 26, 1932 Age: 20
    • Dr. Mike Roberson, Durham, NC


1933
  • Mary Colbert, March 25, 1933 Age: 21
    • Dr. Emil Gleitsman, Chicago, IL
  • Mary McNeil, April 20, 1933 Age: 22
    • Dr. E. T. Martin, Seattle, WA
  • Clara Rowe, September 19, 1933 Age 17
    • Dr. Morris Reich, Chicago, IL


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1936
  • Rose Lipner, January 29, 1936 Age: 32
    • Dr. Maxwell C. Katz, Brooklyn, NY
  • Alice Haggin, February 2, 1936 Age: 20
    • Dr. Justin L. Mitchell, Palos Park, IL
  • Mary Nowalowski February 12, 1936 Age: 32
    • Dr. Justin L. Mitchell, Palos Park, IL
  • Madell Williams, July 1, 1936 Age: 19
    • Undetermined perpetrator, North Carollina
  • Margie Fraser October 13, 1936 Age: 18
    • Surgical nurse Gertrude Pitkanen, Helena, MT
  • Katherine DiDonato, October 23, 1936 Age: 26
    • Dr. Aloysius Mulholland, New York, NY


1937
  • "Jane" of Newark", 1937 (Probably Rose Glickfield)
    • Dr. Charles I. Gordon, Brooklyn, NY
  • **"Jane" of 1937**, January 16, 1937
    • Dr. Samuel Roth, New York, NY
  • Rose Glickfield April 4, 1937 Age: 39
    • Dr. Charles I. Gordon, Brooklyn, NY
  • Merl Williams
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    • April 24, 1937 Age: 21
    • Midwife Cordelia Moore, Oklahoma
  • Genevieve Arganbright, May 20, 1937 Age: 26
    • Dr. Claude Long, San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Kissell, August 2, 1937 Age: 25
    • Midwife Sophie Mann and Dr. Gertrude Plenz, Chicago, IL
  • Ruth Haught, August 19, 1937 Age: 30
    • Apparent self-induced with unspecified method, Hobart, OK
  • Eleanor Haynes, October 6, 1937 Age: 22
    • Dr. P. Ralph McFeely, Hackensack, NJ


1938
  • Doris Alexander, April 20, 1938 Age: 30
    • Dr. Clinton May, San Francisco, CA
  • Asunta LaRosa, May 5, 1938 Age: 30
    • Practical nurse Genevieve Horton, Yonkers, NY
  • Mary Ellen Legge, June 1, 1938 Age: 24
    • Lay abortionist Otto Lucy, Oklahoma City, OK


1939
  • Missao Beppu, January 16, 1939 Age: 33
    • Lay abortionist Harry Hart, Honolulu, HI
  • Mary Narusavage, April 19, 1939 Age: 27
    • Midwife Adele Sassen, Long Beach, NY
  • Martha Anderson, May 5, 1939 Age: 16
    • Chiropractor trainee Frank Parchen, San Diego, CA
  • Hilja Johnson, May 20, 1939 Age: 37
    • Surgical nurse Gertrude Pitkanen, Helena, MT
  • Barbara Hanson
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    • October 13, 1939 Age: 21
    • Amateur abortionists James Carter and George F. Norton, Boston, MA
  • Alice Corbett, October 18, 1939 Age: 28
    • Dr. Allen F. Murphy, New York

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A question mark (?) after
a person's name
indicates that there can
be some question of
whether the person
actually perpetrated the
abortion.

This would include cases
in which a person died
prior to trial, a case
never made it to trial, a
person won a new
trial on appeal, or a
person was acquitted
but I have been
unable to determine why.

In many cases, an
acquittal does not mean
that the person did not
perform the abortion.
In some cases the
jury might have decided
that the abortion was
actually performed
legally and thus the
woman's death was
accident, not homicide.