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I August of 1917, 29-year-old Emelia Stade Gorman died at Chicago's St. Mary's Hospital from a criminal abortion perpetrated that day by Dr. Anna Sorenson. Although Sorenson was indicted by a Grand Jury, she remained free to perform fatal abortions on Mrs. M. Linstrom in November and Margaret Crowe in January of the following year. Sorenson was finally arrested in mid-January, and her killing spree came to an end when she herself died in prison while awaiting trial.

In early April, 1924, 26-year-old homemaker Mary Whitney underwent an abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. Lou E. Davis. In mid-May, Mary died at St. Mary's Hospital of complications of that abortion. Dr. Davis was held by the coroner.

In July of 1923, 28-year-old Mrs. Mary Federowicz died at Chicago's St. Mary's Hospital from complications performed that day. Mrs. Anna Mithnewicz, whose profession was not given, was identified by the coroner as the person responsible, but no arrest was made.

The St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital was founded in 1894 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.