Margaret Buetelman died in New York's St. Vincent's hospital on October 22, 1914. She had been admitted suffering complications of an illegal abortion perpetrated on the 20th in the office of Dr. F. Waldo Whitney.
Whitney, age 61, was convicted of manslaughter in her death. He was sentenced to 2 - 19 1/2 years at Sing Sing.
While he was in prison, Whitney was sued by Margaret's husband, John, on behalf of himself and the couple's two children.