On March 21, 1911, 33-year-old homemaker Katherine "Kate" Kammer died of septic peritonitis at German Hospital in Chicago from an abortion perpetrated by a "midwife" around 5 days earlier. For reasons not given in the source document, there was never any prosecution for Kate's death.
On March 21, 1916, 30-year-old Mrs. Anna Krauz died at her home on Union
Avenue in Chicago from infection caused by a perforated uterus. An
abortion had been perpetrated by midwife Anna Kidicas, who was held by the Coroner but acquitted on trial.
On March 21, 1927, 25-year-old Nancy Dawson, an immigrant from England,
died in Chicago from a criminal abortion performed that day. That same day,
Dr. J.F. Peck and midwife Christine Sedwig were indicted for felony murder on April 1. Nancy's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was performed by a physician.
Keep in mind that things that 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.