On August 27, 1909, homemaker and Cook County native Anna M. Dennin, age 23, died in Chicago from an abortion. Dr. E. Mayeke held by the coroner's jury and indicted for felony murder. The source document doesn't indicate that the case went to trial.
During the first
two thirds of the 20th Centurey, while abortion was still illegal, there
was a massive drop in maternal mortality, including mortality from
abortion. Most researches attribute this plunge to improvements in
public health and hygiene, the development of blood transfusion
techniques, and the introduction of antibiotics. Learn more here.
Keep in mind that things that things
we take for granted, like antibiotics and blood banks, were still in the
future. For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion.