The Angel of Ashland: Practicing Compassion and Tempting by Vincent Genovese

By Vincent Genovese

For over fifty years Dr. Robert Spencer (1889-1969) practiced medication within the small coal-mining city of Ashland, PA. because the simply city health practitioner, he used to be recognized through each person as a devoted healthcare professional who spent lengthy hours at his health center, charged a modest price for his providers, by no means grew to become a person away who could not pay, and used to be the individual the townspeople grew to become to with their many diseases and injuries.

But he additionally received one other type of notoriety to boot, approximately which there has been quite often a discreet silence within the city: he could willingly practice secure and trustworthy abortions. girls "in hassle" may well seek advice him with no disgrace or worry, and he might practice the technique speedy and successfully with out questions requested. This used to be detailed within the period ahead of Roe v. Wade, in particular within the Nineteen Twenties whilst Dr. Spencer opened his perform. hence he quickly turned a much-sought-after health practitioner, to whom medical professionals through the kingdom may refer ladies who wanted to finish their pregnancies.

Of path, many disapproved of his not-so-secret and unlawful abortion perform. regardless of the townspeople's reliance on him for his clinical services, through the years he was once blackmailed, robbed, usually kept away from in public, censured by way of the yank clinical organization, and arrested by way of the police. 

This is the 1st biography of Dr. Spencer. Vincent Genovese has performed yeoman's paintings in reconstructing Dr. Spencer's lifestyles and profession by means of learning his correspondence, interviewing surviving Ashland citizens who knew him, and brushing via outdated newspaper documents. This detailed biography is a needs to learn for somebody drawn to the difficulty of abortion.

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