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(Editors note: This story appeared in the May 4, 1972 edition
of the Chicago Daily News . It refers to the 7 Jane
members arrested the previous day for performing illegal abortions.)
Chicago women were arrested Wednesday on charges of operating an illegal
low cost abortion clinic out of two Southside apartments.
of the women, Mrs. Judith P, 29, of 2216 N. Geneva, was dismissed
as a teacher from Niles East High School in March 1970 because of
her innovative teaching methods.
police learned of the clinic from a woman whose sister reportedly
was scheduled to have an abortion there Wednesday and did not want
her to undergo the operation.
investigators said the clinic only charged about $100 for the operation
and handled as many as 15 patients per day. None of the women who
performed the operations was a licensed physician, police said.
Theodore OConner of the Burnside Homicide unit said a fully
equipped operating room had been set up in an 11th floor apartment
at 7251 S. Shore Dr.
said that when they raided the apartment they found three patients
undergoing abortions and seven in the waiting room.
women who were performing the abortions were arrested there and a
seventh was arrested in an apartment at 5532 S. Everett., where patients
were interviewed and screened, police said.
P. was released after being held briefly in lockup because she was
nursing a baby.
three women who were undergoing abortions were taken to South Shore
Hospital where they were in good condition, police reported.
said the clinic has been in operation for about 4 months, and the
operating room had laboratory equipment and a full supply of drugs.
arrested were: Abby G., 27 of 47 W. 59th St; Madeleine S., 30, of
6933 Bennett, Sheila S., 22, of 5459 Hyde Park Blvd.,Martha S., 30,
of 5213 S. Kenwood, Diane S., 23, of 820 W. Agatite; and Susan G.,
21, of 5342 S.Harper.
said the women had apparently been trained by a physician. Investigators
said they were trying to determine if the clinic is part of nationwide
said the women who had been patients at the clinic came from all walks
of life, and included career women, college students, married women
who could not afford another child, and single women.
said each of the patients was interviewed twice before the operation-once
in a public place, and once at the Everett Av. apartment.
was questioned in detail about why she wanted an abortion and each
was given a medical examination, OConner said. The patients
learned about the clinic by word of mouth, he said.
of the seven women was charged with three counts of performing abortions
and three counts of conspiracy to perform abortions.
P. and two other teachers were dismissed by Niles TWP High School
Board for not conforming to approved teaching methods.
The dismissals were the subject of a lengthy controversy in the north
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