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Another Back Alley Butcher Gone Legit

Luis Barquet was an abortionist in Cuba before fleeing to Miami in the late 1950's or early 1960's. He was arrested for illegal abortion in Miami in 1961. In 1962 a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police called him "a butcher;", and noted that he "made a fortune" performing illegal abortions " in back rooms and motels". Barquet was ordered to leave the U.S. in 1963 but returned days later. He was indicted for bribery in New York in 1965 but remained a fugitive until his 1966 arrest in Florida.

Barquet successfully challenged Florida's abortion laws in 1972 and set up a legal abortion clinic. He was arrested in 1976 on grounds that his abortion facility constituted a public nuisance. Barquet's son reopened the facility, retaining Dr. Eduardo F. Elias, while Barquet was in jail.

Marina DeChapell died following pulmonary arrest during an abortion by Elias at Barquet's clinic. The facility allegedly lacked emergency equipment. Barquet was serving a one-year sentence for an unspecified crime at the time of the death.

Marina DeChapell
Learn about the woman who died at Barquet's ill-equipped facility.

Source: Miami Herald, 8-18-78

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