On July 2, 1900, Mrs. Sarah Bonda, age 20, died at her home as a result of a criminal abortion performed on her there that day. When police arrested Mrs. Martha Heisig, a midwife, in connection with the death, she committed suicide.
Note, please, that with overall public health issues such as doctors not using proper aseptic
techniques, lack of access to blood transfusions and antibiotics, and
overall poor health to begin with, there was likely little difference
between the performance of a legal abortion and illegal practice, and
the aftercare for either type of abortion was probably equally unlikely
to do the woman much, if any, good. For more about abortion and abortion
deaths in the first years of the 20th century, see Abortion Deaths 1900-1909.