Saturday, June 20, 2009

Anniversary: Midwife's skill leaves woman dead

On June 20, 1929, 28-yaer-old Jennie Kuba died at Chicago hospital from an abortion performed there that day by midwife Mary Zwieniczak.

Zwienczak was arrested July 13. The grand jury handed down an indictment of homicide.

The coroner also recommended the arrest of Dr. Joseph Mienczak, who assisted Zwieniczak, as an accessory. It was common for non-physician abortionists to have a doctor who provided training, equipment, and medications, and who would provide aftercare if a woman suffered complications -- much like the arrangement that the abortion lobby is currently pursuing of allowing non-physicians to practice abortion as long as they have physician back-up.

For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion

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