John H. Joecken

John H. JoeckenabortionistsmaleDuring early 1861, a German physician by the name of John H. Joecken was caring for Mr. Malinken, who was ailing in his Brooklyn home.

On one of his visits, Malinken’s 35-year-old wife, Caroline, approached Joecken privately and told him “she did not want to have so many children, and wished to know if it was possible to get rid of her present burthen. The doctor replied that it was the easiest thing imaginable, and that in eight days all would be over.”

Joecken set to work on Caroline, “and by the use of drugs as well as instruments succeeded in making her very sick.” Over the course of several days her condition deteriorated and she died.