Dr. Spencer was an illegal abortionist who did as many as 100,000 abortions in the year before Roe Vs. Wade.
Author Vincent J Genovese says that people in Spencer’s town knew he was doing illegal abortions:
“Everyone knew what went on inside [his illegal abortion clinic] but chose to ignore it… Most of the business enjoyed by the drugstore, the restaurant, and the hotel was directly attributable to Dr. Spencer’s clinic. The proprietors of these establishments were very critical of Spencer’s abortion practice, still, none of them ever turned away a customer. All of them became reasonably wealthy…”
Vincent J Genovese The Angel of Ashland: Practicing Compassion and Tempting Fate (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2000) 46Share on Facebook