On December 30, 1924, 21-year-old Agnes Nazar died at Chicago's St. Joseph's Hospital from an abortion performed earlier that day. On January 6, 1925, Rogie Hatal was held by the coroner as the guilty abortionist. Hatal's profession is not listed. Mike Nazar, whose relationship to Agnes is not listed, was arrested as an accessory, as was Sarah Babian. Hatal was indicted for felony murder on February 15, 1925.
In deference to SoMG, who cannot abide if I simply allow my readers to draw their own conclusions:
We don't know enough about Agnes' death to really conclude much, other than that whatever her circumstances, she thought an abortion would fix them. I don't pick and choose which deaths I report. Whether or not I can make a particular argument out of the circumstances surrounding a death isn't a factor in whether or not I consider it significant. Agnes was somebody's daughter, somebody's friend, somebody's wife or lover. That's what matters.
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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