Queen of Vice: The Strange Career of Abortionist Inez Brown Burns

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by Lisa Riggin

Biography (USA), 280 pages
Publisher: Bison Books, October 1, 2017
ISBN-10: 1496202074
ISBN-13: 978-1496202079
Order: Amazon.com

San Francisco’s Queen of Vice uncovers the story of one of the most skilled, high-priced, and corrupt abortion entrepreneurs in America. Even as Prohibition was the driving force behind organized crime, abortions became the third-largest illegal enterprise as state and federal statutes combined with changing social mores to drive abortionists into hiding. Inez Brown Burns, a notorious socialite and abortionist in San Francisco, made a fortune providing her services to desperate women throughout California. Beginning in the 1920s, Burns oversaw some 150,000 abortions until her trial and conviction brought her downfall.