On March 1, 1921, Dr. C.W. Milliken performed an abortion on Iva J. Triplett. Milliken was practicing in Akron, Ohio.
Immediately after the abortion, Iva became severely ill. She continued under Milliken's care until she died of septicemia and peritonitis on March 9, leaving a widower and children.
Iva's survivors sued, not only for the injury but for failure to inform Iva's family of the nature of her illness so that they could seek and provide appropriate care for her.
Iva's abortion was typical of pre-legalization abortions in that it was performed by a physician.
Keep in mind that things that things we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this era, see Abortion in the 1920s.
Source: 110 Ohio St. 381, 144 N.E. 264, 33 A.L.R. 53, 2 Ohio Law Abs. 375, 22 Ohio Law Rep. 160; Supreme Court of Ohio. Milliken v. Heddsheimer No. 18278.May 27, 1924