Ruth Barnett

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Ruth Barnett was an abortionist operating in Portland, Oregon from 1918 to 1968. She was born in Hood River, Oregon, in 1895, and died in December 1969 of melanoma.[1]

Barnett went by the nickname "Dr. Ruth", and because she was a trained naturopath, she was legally entitled to use the title, "doctor".[2] Since her clinic advertised that it treated only "diseases of women", the fact that all her patients were female was not in itself enough to draw undue attention.[2] She performed an estimated 40,000 abortions and claimed no maternal deaths.[1]

Barnett co-authored an autobiography, They Weep on My Doorstep, in which she indicated that she performed abortions on as many as fifty women a day.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Rickie Solinger, The Abortionist: A Woman against the Law, University of California Press, publisher's synopsis
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kerry Donaghue and Cathy Ramey, "Getting Away With Murder -- Ruth Barnett and the Illegal Abortion Trade -- Part I", Life Advocate, 1997
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