I don’t need a source – I have first hand knowledge. The very hospital where I trained once had an entire ward devoted to women with post abortal sepsis. Per several of my attendings who were there at that time, it was regularly full.Note how quickly his “first-hand knowledge” becomes second-hand knowledge. He has no clue if it was full or not and he has no clue how many women were there and how women were dying. And, of course, we have no way of verifying that Fogelson is telling the truth or that his attending physicians were telling the truth to him.
It's amazing to me that he actually thinks that a great argument for keeping abortion legal is that more than 37 years ago he heard from some of his attending physicians that a ward was regularly full of women with sepsis from illegal abortion.
From other comments he makes, it’s fairly clear he has never done any research into how many women actually got illegal abortions and how many of them died.