Lest We Forget

December 3rd, 2007

Coroner Fred

Excerpt from The Worst of Times, Chapter “Coroner Fred,” by Patricia G. Miller, HarperCollins Books, 1993. In the coroner’s office, “the dead women we saw had either bled to death or they had died from overwhelming infections. Some had tears
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December 3rd, 2007

Mr Jones

From an article by Stephanie Brown, In These Times, July 19-August 1, 1989. “Just take off your panties an’ lie down, darlin’,” “Mrs. Jones,” my “obstetrician,” told me. I did it. She went into the other room and came back
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December 3rd, 2007

Gina’s Story

This letter is for my friend Gina. Gina, I am sure, would have written a letter for herself but she died in 1969. We were both freshman in college, 18 years old, full of adventure, and thought we knew everything.
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December 3rd, 2007

Helen’s story

When I was a teenager in about 1940, I baby-sat the two children of a lovely young divorced woman named Helen. She had few employable skills, an exhausting, poorly paid job and her ex-husband only occasionally made child-support payments. Suddenly
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December 3rd, 2007

Dr James

Excerpt from The Worst of Times: Illegal Abortion-Survivors, Practitioners, Coroners, Cops, and Children of Women Who Died Talk About Its Horrors, ed. Patricia G. Miller, 1993. During my medical training, I saw women being treated for septic abortion, and as
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December 3rd, 2007

Dr. Bert

The patient was in a private room. I even remember the room number, 724. That was one of the gold coast rooms. The woman, in her early or mid-thirties, was married to someone really important, with a lot of connections.
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December 3rd, 2007

Dr. Don

Dr. Don, a physician in Colorado in the 1960s: As for the attitudes of the medical community toward these women who got coat hanger abortions, it’s not that the doctors were judgmental or hostile as much as they were kind
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December 3rd, 2007

Susan X

Dr Harvey Lothringer is a doctor who served four years in prison for performing an illegal abortion on a 19-year-old  woman who died during the procedure. He dismembered her body and flushed it down the toilet. Imagine being 18, pregnant
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December 3rd, 2007

Emma Goldman

Thanks to Marilyn Cole-Greene for sending the article “Immigrant Women and Family Planning: Historical Perspectives for Genealogical Research” by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, DBRS, from which this excerpt was taken. It appeared in the June 1996 “National Genealogical Society Quarterly. “
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December 3rd, 2007

Immigrant Women and Family Planning

“Like her urban sisters. the frontier woman (from 1880 to 1920) frequently used folk remedies to bring about a delayed menstrual period, regardless of the cause. Due to laws against distributing contraceptive products and information, menstrual “regulators” were advertised in
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