On December 17, 1914, 24-year-old Emma Fertig died at Chicago's West Side Hospital from an abortion performed by an unknown perpetrator. She left behind three children.
Due to improvements in addressing overall medical care and public health issues, maternal
mortality in general (and abortion mortality with it) fell dramatically
in the 20th Century, decades before Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion across America.
All without legalizing abortions.
For more information about early 20th Century abortion mortality, see Abortion Deaths 1910-1919.