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Isabell Cuda, Illegal Abortion Death
Died after abortion performed at the home of Mary Murawsky
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On November 3, 1952, Isabell Cuda went to the home of Mary Murawsky in Rockford, Illinois, for an illegal abortion. Mary was neither licensed nor qualified to practice medicine. Murawsky used some sort of instrument on Isabell.

Isabell became ill, and died on November 12, leaving behind a husband and a minor child.

Isabell's abortion was unusual in that it was performed by an amateur, rather than by a doctor, as was the case with perhaps 90% of criminal abortions.

Illegal by Doctors Illegal by Paramedical Illegal by Amateurs Self Induced

During the 1950s, we see an anomaly: Though maternal mortality had been falling during the first half of the 20th Century, and abortion mortality in particular had been plummeting, the downward trend slowed, then reversed itself briefly. I have yet to figure out why. For more, see Abortion Deaths in the 1950's.

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

Source: 3 Ill.App.2d 168, 120 N.E.2d 871; Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District.Castronovo v. Murawsky Gen. No. 10744.July 14, 1954

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