On November 21, 1924, 24-year-old homemaker Mildred Bleschke died at Chicago's Grant Hospital from complications of an abortion performed earlier that day. The perpetrator was never identified.
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.
the first two thirds of the 20th Century, while abortion was still
illegal, there was a massive drop in maternal mortality, including
mortality from abortion. Most researches attribute this plunge to
improvements in public health and hygiene, the development of blood
transfusion techniques, and the introduction of antibiotics. Learn more here.