These pills, advertised in rather oblique language, were used by women to attempt to abort a pregnancy. Sold at pharmacies, they were mainly powdered capsicum coated in sugar and chalk. The claimed active ingredients were oil of pennyroyal and iron sulphate. Pills such as these had no medical basis, but desperate women tried many different chemicals in their attempts to induce abortions.
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Reference: Evening Post, 12 August 1903, p. 2
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