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After Barnard College where I was part of the Anti-War-in-Vietnam movement and SDS, my spouse Peter and I moved to Chicago where I started working in feminist organizations and Democratic politics: ERA, Chicago Women’s Liberation Union’s pregnancy testing clinic, and the underground abortion service “Jane.” After the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, I joined a small group of suburban women to create an all-volunteer staffed Planned Parenthood clinic in DuPage County where no OB-GYN doctors would prescribe birth control for women—married or not—nor for teenagers.
I will discuss what it was like in the 1960’s and 1970’s for women and especially their lack of reproductive rights. This is about abortion before 1973, after 1973 when abortion was safe and legal, and now with anti-abortion efforts to bring back the old days of forcing women and teens to carry unintended pregnancies to term or find unsafe and illegal practitioners.
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