Abortion

The People of the State of New York v. Elise Hoffman, 25 April 1911 (Case 1360)
Elise Hoffman is indicted for the crime of abortion. Sarah Mosby, 25, a cook, testifies that, after first seeing a physician and taking pills for her condition, she traveled to New York to see Elise Hoffman at her home on West 53rd Street where the defendant, Hoffman, injected an unknown substance into her womb. Mosby experienced severe pain the next day and, after admittance to Bellevue Hospital, had a miscarriage on 25 February 1911. Kenneth Buell, an attending physician at Bellevue, testifies that he could not determine if the miscarriage had been artificially induced. Ernest Bishop, resident physician, testifies that the miscarriage did occur on account of an artificial interference. There is no record of a verdict.
The People v. Edward R. Conard impleaded with Jennie Brown, 28 March 1904 (Case 420)
Edward Conrad, a physician, is indicted for attempted abortion. Minnie Levine, 28, the complaining witness, testifies that she paid the defendant $125 to perform an abortion. Sadie Blocher, a private detective employed by the Thiel’s Detective Agency, testifies that she, poising as Levine’s sister-in-law, witnessed the defendant, accompanied by an assistant, Jennie Brown, arrive at an apartment on 65th Street on 12 February 1904. Blocher testifies that she was working under the direction of Champe Andrews, an attorney at the New York County Medical Society. Edward Reardon and Thomas O’Connell, detectives assigned to the District-Attorney’s Office, testify that they hid in the apartment, emerging to apprehend the defendant as he was about to perform an abortion on Minnie Levine. Edward Conrad, testifying in his own defense, says that two men, guns drawn, claiming to be police officers, arrested him as he was about to examine Levine for a pelvic complaint. Conrad denies that he had intended to perform an abortion or any other criminal operation on the witness. Conrad denies that the instruments in his possession at the time of his arrest were to be used for an abortion. The transcript is incomplete and there is no record of a verdict.