Katherine Collins, 23 years old, died on July 25, 1911 at Chicago's Lake Side Hospital from an abortion committed by an unidentified perpetrator.
On July 16, 1930, homemaker Evelyn Dellorto, age 20,
underwent an illegal abortion believed to have been performed at the
office of Dr. Frank Psota. Evelyn died on July 25, leaving behind her
husband, James. On August 1, Psota was booked for murder by abortion
even though the coroner's verdict was "undetermined." Psota was
indicted, and held on $10,000 bond by Judge Lyle. On December 10, he was
acquitted of the murder charge. Evelyn's abortion was typical of illegal abortions in that it was attributed to a physician.
Keep in mind 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