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Gertrude Schaefer, a widow, died at Chicago's Wesley Hospital (pictured) from an abortion perpetrated by an unidentified person.
On April 2, 1924, 26-year-old homemaker Mary Whitney underwent an abortion at the Chicago office of Dr. Lou E. Davis. On May 17, Mary died at St. Mary's Hospital of complications of that abortion. Dr. Davis was held by the coroner on May 19.
"Danielle," age 18, had decided to take advantage of the liberalized law, and traveled from Massachusetts to New York for a safe and legal abortion. On May 17, 1972, the abortion was performed. Minutes after it was completed, Danielle was dead. She'd developed arterial and venous air emboli (air bubbles in the blood stream).