In the early morning of April 18, 1981, 30-year-old Barbara Lerner was found dead from blood poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control investigated Barbara's death and designated it as due to a legal abortion.
"Sandra" was 18 years old when she underwent a first-trimester abortion procedure in New York, under the state's liberal abortion law. Three days later, on April 18, 1971, Sandra killed herself. Before her
death, she had expressed guilt about having "killed her baby."
Tragically, nobody had contacted Sandra to give her the results of the
pathology report on what had been removed from her uterus. There had
been no embryo. Sandra had not actually been pregnant.
On April 18, 1908, 36-year-old homemaker Sophia Turner died in Dr. Jessie E. Robertson's
Chicago office from complications of an abortion performed April 18.
Robertson was acquitted for reasons not given in the source document.
Sophia's abortion was typical in that it was apparently performed by a physician.
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. For more
about abortion and abortion deaths in the first years of the 20th
century, see Abortion Deaths 1900-1909.