Sunday, October 31, 2021

October 31: Scant Information on Young Woman from Puerto Rico

On October 31, 1946, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican woman named Aurora Cruz died at Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx, New York, from a septic abortion. This criminal abortion had caused an abscess and general peritonitis.

Aurora might have sought the abortion because she was unmarried. She had worked as an embroider and lived with her parents, Jose and Maria at 168 Brook Avenue in New York.

I've been unable to find any more information about this unfortunate young woman.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

October 16: New Info on Old Chicago Death

Based on the Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database, I'd previously posted that on October 30, 1923,  19-year-old  Mrs. Lydia Nelson died at Chicago's Englewood Hospital from an abortion performed there that day, evidently by Dr. Charles Klinetop. However, my follow up research found that Lydia had died on October 16.

However, a newspaper indicates that Klinetop was actually held to a grand jury on October 30, and that Lydia had died three weeks earlier. She had entered the hospital on October 14 when her husband had become alarmed at her condition. Prior to her death she had signed a statement that Klinetop had perpetrated the abortion at his office on October 8.

A woman named Emma Sales came to the inquest and smacked Klinetop in the face, saying that about a year earlier her daughter, Harriet Grimm, had died from an abortion perpetrated by Klinetop.

Klinetop maintained his innocence, saying that he had treated Lydia once, in her home, and had done nothing unethical.

On January 15, 1924, Klinetop was indicted by a grand jury for felony murder in Lydia's death. He had also been implicated in the 1917 death of Edna Lamb and the 1912 death of Minnie Miller.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15: Post Abortion Suicide

A woman I used to picket with in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told me of a day she was outside one of Harrisburg's two safe and legal abortion facilities. The clinic was set back from the street by an expanse of lawn, with a parking lot to the side and back. Sidewalk counselors would stand in the alley, where they could call to the women as they got out of their cars. The picketers would stand on the sidewalk in front, where patients could see their signs from the waiting room. 

The woman saw a middle-aged couple get out of a car. They opened the back door and pulled out a teenage girl who appeared to be Filipino. The girl was crying. The sidewalk counselors called out to her, and she tried to move toward them, the picketer said, but the middle-aged white couple took the girl by the arms and led her toward the front of the building. The picketer called out to the clinic escort. "Can't you see she doesn't want to do this? I can't step on your property, but you can help her. You're pro-choice, right? Can't you help her?" According to the picketer, the escort smirked at her, then held the facility door open, to make it easier for the couple to propel the girl into the clinic. 

The next time she saw that girl's face, the picketer told me, was on the news. It was October of 1992, and the news story was about the suicide of 19-year-old Arlin Della Cruz. She had disappeared from her home. A search found her hanging from a tree in a nearby woods on October 15. "Under her shirt, the coroner found Arlin's favorite stuffed animal -- a rabbit." Arlin's mother said that Arlin had left a suicide note saying that she wanted to go be with her baby. 

One of Arlin's friends reported that Arlin wanted the baby, but chose abortion to try to salvage her relationship with her boyfriend. If the picketer's observations are correct, Arlin had serious second thoughts the day of the abortion.