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Lost: Illegal Abortion Stories

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 03 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:307
  1. Melissa Sweet, freelance health writer (
  1. New South Wales, Australia

    On 9 January 1968 detectives found Mollie Jamieson at the shop where she worked in Melbourne, Australia, and told her bluntly that her 21 year old daughter, Carolyn, was dead. Mollie and her husband were then interrogated for hours over what they knew of their daughter's illegal abortion. But it was the first they knew of it. Such was the shame surrounding abortion that Carolyn had been unable to tell her parents of the real reason she was going away on “holiday.”

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    Ed Jo Wainer

    Melbourne University Publishing, $24.95, pp 224 ISBN 0 522 85231 9

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    Carolyn was the last woman known to have died from illegal abortion in Victoria before a 1969 judicial …

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