Today's anniversaries have this much in common: They died in Chicago hospitals, and very little information is available regarding these tragedies.
On February 9, 1913, 30-year-old milliner Elizabeth Spalding died at
Rhodes Avenue Hospital in Chicago of septicemia caused by an abortion
perpetrated that day by midwife Caroline Sandberg. Sandberg was tried
but acquitted on July 9.
On February 24, 1919, 37-year-old homemaker Thea Newman died at
Chicago's Norwegian American Hospital after an abortion perpetrated by a
person whose identify was never revealed.
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 across America.
For more information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, see Abortion Deaths 1910-1919.