When illegal abortion operators bribed the police

Prior to the legalization of abortion, some operators bribed the police in order to stay in business.

Under the sub title: The Abortion Racket, a 1966 Dade County Grand Jury final report reads:

The grand jury feels that officers of the law should not be permitted to enrich themselves from payoffs from either doctors of patients on abortion cases. The grand jury has not been able to adequately investigate the abortion racket in the county, but finds that there is evidence tending to prove that officers of the law have been forcing physicians to pay bribes in order to escape arrest and protection for having committed abortions and to permit them to continue to do so.

Abortion Racket

A 1967 Miami News story indicated that two Miami police officers were ordered to stand trial in an abortion bribe case. The charges alleged the two took $5500 in bribes from two abortionists.

Miami 1967 abortion police bribe

In 1970, a Detroit abortion clinic was caught giving bribes to police so they could continue operating. A Ludington, Michigan paper reports that even a newly appointed police chief was allegedly in on the scam.

The paper says the Detroit Free Press had reported that a former teamsters union attorney had admitted personally delivering Mafia bribes of $1000.00 a month to three top ranking police from one abortion clinic.

Detroit police bribe abortion

In 1966, a Miami abortionist was arrested an accused of attempting to bribe a police officer. Dr Luis Barquet Bulas offered the police officer $4000.00 to let him go the Miami News reported. The abortion doctor had a 36 state alert out for his arrest after bribing police officers in New York for $50,000.

1966 Miami abortionists bribe

In 1951, an illegal abortionist says his arrest was the result of his refusal to pay a bribe to a Portland police officer.

Portland abortion police bribe

In 1956, a bail bondsman and a lawyer were accused of attempting to bribe a Miami judge in an abortion ring case. They denied the charges.

1956 Miami abortion bribe

One Response to “When illegal abortion operators bribed the police”

  1. […] correctly points out that not all illegal abortions were unsafe,”as durable as the images of the coat hanger or dangerous back-alley procedure […]

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