How many women die from abortion? We don't know. Here's why.
Abortion for the life of the mother: A red herring. I've been unable to find any condition -- other than ectopic pregnancy, in which the embryo implants outside the uterus -- where abortion is a recommended treatment. Usually if abortion is recommended for maternal health reasons, it's either because the doctor is too lazy or afraid of lawsuits to provide the woman with real care, or because the doctor fears that the treatment the mother needs will harm the baby, so -- again, either out of laziness or fear of lawsuits -- he'll tell her that abortion is necessary. Yeah, it's possible that in some cases the pregnancy has to be ended, but these cases usually take place in the third trimester, when the baby can be delivered alive and then the mother provided with care.
Abortion in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s: Start here. Let me know if you need more.