Carrie Pearson #1900s #30s #chicago #illinois #illegalmidwife

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Ravenswood in 1908
At about 11 a.m. on March 25, 1909,* 37-year-old homemaker Carrie Pearson (or Person) died at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago from septicemia caused by an abortion.

On her deathbed, Carrie said that the abortion had been perpetrated by 39-year-old midwife Caroline Meyer on March 18 at 447 Wells Street. Meyer was held by the coroner but the case resulted in a hung jury.

Carrie's death followed the typical pattern of a Chicago abortion death of the era: An abortion performed by a midwife (or physician), followed by admission to a hospital and subsequent death, often after naming the perpetrator in a deathbed statement.

During her murder trial in Carrie's death, Meyers was also under indictment for the abortion death of Nellie O'Neill.

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

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*Carrie's death certificate gives her date of death as March 25, so I am using that date rather than the date of March 27 given in Chicago Tribune articles.

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  20. abortion mortality
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  22. abortionists -- female
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  24. alabama
  25. anesthesia
  26. arizona
  27. black women
  28. botched abortion
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  30. chicago
  31. colorado
  32. connecticut
  33. cover-up
  34. death
  35. deaths
  36. deception
  37. delay in transport
  38. delay in treatment
  39. district of columbia
  40. dumped body
  41. ectopic
  42. embolism
  43. falsifying forms
  44. fetal indications
  45. florida
  46. former criminal abortionist
  47. george tiller
  48. georgia
  49. hemorrhage death
  50. hospitals
  51. illegal - doctor
  52. illegal - midwife
  53. illegal - nurse
  54. illegal - paramedical
  55. illegal - post roe
  56. illegal - unknown
  57. illegal - untrained
  58. illegal abortion
  59. illinois
  60. inadequate documents
  61. inadequate equipment
  62. inadequate resuscitation
  63. incomplete abortion
  64. indiana
  65. infection
  66. kansas
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  72. maternal indications
  73. maternal mortality
  74. michigan
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  77. mortality
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  85. pennsylvania
  86. planned parenthood
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  88. previous misconduct
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  92. ru-486
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  96. self-induced
  97. suicide
  98. teens
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