Mary Sorce

On October 21, 1915, 33-year-old homemaker Mary Patti Sorce of Milton Street in Chicago died at St. Mary’s Hospital from abortion complications. Though Mary didn’t name her abortionist, her family implicated midwife Giuseppina Piazza, who lived just a block away. Piazza was booked on murder charges.

While Piazza was out on bail pending trial for Mary’s death, another woman, Josephina Gianneschi, was admitted to North Chicago Hospital in serious condition from abortion complications. She named Piazza as the perpetrator.


  • “New Victim of Abortion?” Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 22, 1915
  • untitled snippet, The Day Book, Oct. 23, 1915
  • “Midwife Taken on New Charge,” Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct. 25, 1915
  • Cook County, Illinois, Deaths Index, 1878-1922