Lola Whiteman

Lola Whiteman, a 21-year-old saleslady, died on December 11, 1928 after an abortion believed to have been perpetrated by midwife Mary Murawski of Rockford, Illinois.

Mary had been abandoned by her husband, Paul, in July of 1925, just a few days after their wedding. She left behind a three-year-old daughter.

Murawski went on to be convicted of the 1952 abortion death of Isabell Cuda.


  • “Rockford Has Midwife Held for Abortion,” DeKalb (IL) Daily Chronicle, Dec. 13, 1928
  • Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index