On December 28, 1871, an Illinois coroner's jury was called to investigate the December 18th death of Mrs. Amanda McCoy. Amanda had died at the home of Dr. Fahlbusch, a German woman practicing as a midwife and described as "of good reputation." She was cleared of any suspicion in Amanda's death.
The Coroner's Jury concluded that Amanda had undergone her fatal abortion before coming into the city.
On December 18, 1923, 40-year-old Sophia Hartozinski died at Chicago's County Hospital due to a criminal abortion performed there that day.
The coroner identified midwife Mary Roback as having been responsible for Sophia's death.
Keep in mind that things that may seem appalling to us in the early 21st
century -- such as performing surgery in one's home -- was not
appalling at the time. Things we take for granted, like antibiotics and
blood banks, were still in the future. For more about abortion in this
era, see Abortion in the 1920s.
Fast forward to the safe and legal era.
Myrtha Baptiste, age 26, had a safe and legal abortion of her 10 week pregnancy performed by Orlando Zaldivar at Woman's Care Clinic December 18, 1982.
Myrtha, a mother of two, arrived at the hospital in critical condition due to delay of transfer by the clinic staff. She bled to death
from two uterine perforations. Zaldivar could not be reached for seven
hours while hospital staff were struggling to save his patient's life. Since
Zaldivar's license was inactive at the time he performed Myrta's
abortion, the CDC classified her death as being due to illegal abortion
rather than legal abortion. The other deaths at that facility -- Ruth Montero, Shirley Payne, and Maura Morales -- were counted as legal abortion deaths.