Sunday, February 17, 2008

Anniversary: Unusual abortion death

On February 17, 1929, 25-year-old Violet Diancalana died in the home of Katherine Bajda, of complications of a criminal abortion performed on her there that day. Mrs. Bajda, identified as a homemaker, was held by the coroner. On March 15, Bajda was indicted for felony murder by a grand jury.

Violet's abortion was unusual in that it was performed by an amateur, rather than by a doctor as the majority of illegal abortions were.

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

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