Sunday, December 07, 2008

1925: Abortion by unknown perpetrator proves fatal for Chicago woman

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.

This "unknown perpetrator" issue didn't vanish with legalization. Joan Camp, for example, is counted as an "unknown" abortion death by the CDC because they were unable to determine who performed the abortion.

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

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