Sunday, December 30, 2007

Anniversary: Back alley death in Chicago

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, whose profession was not listed in the source documents, was held by the coroner as the guilty abortionist. 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.

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

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