Mary Schloendorn

On June 5, 1914, 28-year-old Mary Schloendorn of Astoria, New York, died at her home “under peculiar circumstances.

The coroner investigated and discovered that Mary had died from septicemia and blood poisoning due to an incomplete abortion. By questioning Mary’s family and friends, the coroner concluded that the abortion had been perpetrated by a midwife.

Mary’s husband, Harry, confirmed upon questioning that she had submitted to an abortion.

“Young Woman Died as the Result of a Criminal Operation,” The New York Daily Star, June 8, 1914