Thirty-one-year-old Mitsue Mohar went to Pacolma Lutheran Hospital in Los Angeles County for a safe and legal abortion on August 5, 1975. Dr. Baca performed the D&C abortion under general anesthesia. After the abortion, Mitsue went into convulsions. She remained 16 days at Pacolma Lutheran without regaining consciousness.
August 21, she was transferred to LA County/USC Medical Center, where
she died on September 10 without ever regaining consciousness. The
autopsy found that she had suffered hypoxic encephalopathy due to
cardiac arrest during the abortion, and had developed pneumonia which
eventually killed her.
As you can see from the graph below, abortion deaths were falling
dramatically before legalization. This steep fall had been in place for
decades. To argue that legalization lowered abortion mortality simply
isn't supported by the data.