Saturday, September 19, 2009

1922: Chicago abortion proves fatal

In September of 1922, 35-year-old Mary Cybulski died at her Chicago home from complications of a criminal abortion performed there that day. (The source gives the date of offense as September 15 but the date of death as September 1, so clearly there's an error in the database.) On November 15, Lucy Kozolwski, whose profession is not given, was indicted for felony murder in Mary's death.

Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.

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

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