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