III-"Infanticide" - Unsigned - Chicago Daily Times

III-"Infanticide" - Unsigned - Chicago Daily Times

"Dr. F.H. Thurston of 8018 Indiana Avenue Would be Accommodating; He Has a Prosperous Practice Among the Ladies and Is Quite Cautious, but Would Fix it All Right; With a Few Exceptions All the Professional Midwives in Chicago are Abortionists; Child-Murder, a Common Practice and Looked Upon in a Matter-of-Fact Sort of Way; The Peculiar Gratitude of a Betrayed Wife Whose Husband Has Ruined Her Slater."

by: Unsigned | publication date: December 14, 1888 | Publication: Chicago Daily Times | pages: 1,2

"There are 263 midwives mentioned in the last city directory, and there are probably more than 300 in the city, and a large number of these were visited. In no case was any indignation expressed at the proposition made. All of them knew how it could be done safely. And while a few, not more than five or six, refused to commit themselves, all gave as a reason for not practicing abortion that it was liable to get them into trouble. The terrors of the law, which they spoke of as being in the way of a most philanthropic profession, seemed to be the only check on a universal practice of abortion among all the midwives visited."

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