Dr. F. Waldo Whitney, age 61, was convicted of manslaughter in the abortion death of Mrs. Margaret Buetelman. He was sentenced to 2 - 19 1/2 years at Sing Sing.
Note, please, that with general 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
information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, seeAbortion Deaths 1910-1919.