Saturday, July 26, 2008

Two abortion deaths, 53 years apart

On July 26, 1877, Mrs. John Boschen was found dead in the Chicago office of Dr. Muleck from complications of an illegal abortion. Dr. Muleck fled to avoid arrest.

Evelyn Dellorto, age 20, died on July 26, 1930, from complications of an abortion believed to have been performed July 16 at the Chicago office of Dr. Frank Psota. On August 1, Psota was booked for murder by abortion. The coroner's verdict was "undetermined." Psota was indicted, and held on $10,000 bond by Judge Lyle. On December 10, he was acquitted of the murder charge for reasons the source does not state.

Both of these abortions were typical of illegal abortions in that they were attributed to physicians.

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

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