Death and the abortion doctor: The story of Dr. W.H. Dudley
This edition of Remember This is the first of three stories recounting the status of abortion in the 1920, and the downfall of a prominent local doctor
Aug 25, 2019
From the archives of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library:
In 1928, doctors were called to a local hotel to find a woman – the wife of the owner – dead. And with that was launched an inquest into the nature of her death, and the activities of Doctor William Howard Dudley, who had been treating her prior to her death.
The woman’s autopsy revealed a perforated uterus and indicated that she had died of peritonitis, an infection of the abdomen’s inner wall. As a result of these findings and witness testimony, Doctor William Howard Dudley was arrested. His bail was set at $10,000 – over $145,000 by today’s standards – and he was charged with manslaughter in the woman’s death.