On March 29, 1924, 30-year-old Etta Marcus died at Chicago's Francis Willard Hospital (pictured) from complications of a criminal abortion performed that day. The coroner concluded that Dr. William J. Wick had performed the fatal abortion at his office. However, on April 10, Wick was acquitted. The source document does not identify the reason Wick was named as the abortionist, nor why he was acquitted.
On March 29, 1912, 36-year-old Mary Abrams died from an abortion perpetrated by Mary D. Lunnemeyer
that day. Lunnemeyer's profession is identified only as "abortion
provider", so it's likely that she was a lay abortionist. She was
arrested March 29 and held to a Grand Jury, but the case never went to
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