Homemaker Rosa May Swope of Canton, Illinois, died in mid-July of 1901 of complications of a botched abortion. Both her husband, George W., who was a coal miner, and Dr. F.D. Smith of Astoria, Illinois, were arrested. Smith denied having performed the abortion, saying that he'd been summoned in early July to attend to Mrs. Swope, and had found her "suffering greatly and in an abortive condition, though whether from drugs or otherwise is not known." Smith said that Dr. D. W. Bottorf had performed the abortion in question.
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.
For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion.