Madame Restell — birth control and abortion provider

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Title:
Madame Restell!: her secret life-history from her birth to her suicide: full details: showing how she became rich: who her victims were, and how she held them in her power: her tricks and devices: what she did and how she did: all about her: "the most terrible being ever born"
Publication/Origin:
[New York]: [1890?]
Description:
English immigrant Anna Trow Lohman, known as Madame Restell, became notorious and financially successful by performing abortions. New York had outlawed abortion unless necessary to save the mother’s life, but abortion practitioners continued to work in the state. Restell was entrepreneurial. She sold patent medicines for birth control and abortion, provided housing for pregnant women, and facilitated adoptions. In 1847, her husband, the radical printer Charles M. Lohman, published a medical companion under the name A. M. Mauriceau. It went through at least nine editions. The book advertised Restell’s patent medicines, as well as condoms. Their business flourished, with branches opening in Philadelphia and Boston. In 1873, the Comstock Law to suppress the circulation of obscene materials was enacted, and in 1878 Restell was personally arrested by Anthony Comstock. Anna Restell committed suicide the morning she was to face charges in court.
Citation:
Madame Restell!: her secret life-history from her birth to her suicide: full details: showing how she became rich: who her victims were, and how she held them in her power: her tricks and devices: what she did and how she did: all about her: "the most terrible being ever born", [New York]: [1890?], Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed February 29, 2024, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4205