On February 4, 1928, 24-year-old Julia Agoston underwent a criminal abortion in Chicago. The coroner concluded that the abortion had been perpetrated in her home. On March 12, Julia died at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. On March 31, Dr. Anton Feher, Dr. Helen Moskowitz, Susie Kosmos, and Julia's husband Manhart Agoston were held by the coroner. The physicians were held as principals. The two laypersons were held as accessories. Moskowitz was indicted for felony murder on November 23.
On March 12, 1909, Cook County native Kate Blust, age 22, a homemaker,
died at her home on Courtland Street in Chicago from peritonitis caused
by an abortion perpetrated there on February 25. Midwife Emma Novak
was held without bail for the crime of murder by abortion. She was
indicted for murder but the source document doesn't indicate that there
was a trial.
Note, please, that with 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 about abortion and abortion
deaths in the first years of the 20th century, see Abortion Deaths 1900-1909.