Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Anniversary: Abortion by midwife proves fatal

On February 13, 1929, 20-year-old Anna Fazio died from complications of an illegal abortion performed about February 2, 1929, at the Chicago home of >midwife Marie Zwienczak. Zwienczak was arrested March 1, as recommended by the coroner. Stephanie Paczkiewicz was booked on February 23 as an accessory, but was not mentioned in the verdict.

Zwienczak was indictedfor homicide by a grand jury. She was tried, and was sentenced on June 20 to 14 years at Joliet Penitentiary. She appealed, but her sentence was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

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

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