On October 11, 1913, 28-year-old Frances Odochowski died in Chicago at the scene of an abortion perpetrated that day by Dr. Arthur L. Blunt. Bunt was arrested and held by the Coroner on November 7, and brought before a Grand Jury, but the case never went to trial.
On October 11, 1926, Jeanette Jarrett, a 28-year-old Black woman, died
from complications of a criminal abortion performed on her that day. A Black doctor, Roy Shell, was held by the coroner on October 29. On November 1, he was indicted for felony murder. Jeanette's abortion was typical of criminal abortions in that it was performed by a doctor.
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.
In fact, due to improvements in addressing these problems, maternal
mortality in general (and abortion mortality with it) fell dramatically
in the 20th Century, decades before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion
Sharonda Rowe had an abortion done in a doctor's office in
Washington, DC on October 11, 1981. She suffered lacerations in her
vagina and uterus, causing a massive, fatal air embolism.
Detroit Police were called to a private residence on October 11, 2000 to investigate the report
of an unresponsive 21-year-old woman shortly after 6 p.m. The young woman was L'Echelle Head. She was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m. Preliminary reports were that she likely suffered some sort of embolism after an abortion performed at Dayton Women's Health Services.The clinic had been caught operating without a
license in 1999. It was inspected on October 27, 1999, to see if a
license should be granted. Inspectors found rusty instruments,
improperly-marked medications, and a failure to follow sterile
technique. The clinic administrators were told they'd have to correct
the problems to get a license. The clinic got the license after getting a waiver regarding follow-up care for patients.
L'Echelle's obituary indicates that she left behind a daughter, her parents, and three sisters.