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Martha Byzynski
Died after abortion in Chicago blamed on a nurse or midwife
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On August 11, 1923, 26-year-old Martha Byzynski died at Chicago's St. Mary's Hospital from an abortion performed that day.

The coroner named Jane Worchowski as the person responsible. Worchowski's profession is given as nurse or midwife.

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.

Illegal by Doctors Illegal by Paramedical Illegal by Amateurs Self Induced
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion.
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