Tuesday, December 07, 2010

1925: Fatal abortion by unknown perp

On December 7, 1925, 18-year-old Margaret Zito died at Chicago's West End Hospital from a criminal abortion performed that day.

The person responsible for Margaret's death was never identified.

Keep in mind that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.

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

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OperationCounterstrike said...

This case is typical of criminal abortions in that it was not possible to identify the perpetrator. When abortion was illegal, those who did them left no paper trail, making oversight and regulation impossible.

I wonder how many other patient deaths this particular perp was responsible for.

GrannyGrump said...

1. Yeah, you guys argued that if abortion was legalized, it could be overseen and regulated, then you fight tooth and nail against any kind of oversight or regulation.

2. As if a lot of the "overseen and regulated" are an improvement over pre-legalization quackery. You evidently don't read this blog very well.

3. And as if a paper trail was the only possible way to identify a murderer. Who is it you're presuming is stupid here, the police, or the other readers?