By David P. Cline (auth.)

Before Roe v. Wade, someplace among one and million unlawful abortions have been played each year within the usa. unlawful abortion affected thousands of ladies and their households, but their tales stay hidden. In developing selection , voters of 1 neighborhood in Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley holiday that silence.

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And the Catholic Church preached from the pulpits every Sunday to their congregations to vote against this ballot referendum. At the time, the legislature was heavily Catholic. It still is. So I grew up absolutely hating the Catholic Church for what it did to women. My abortion was in 1958 in Boston. We had three wonderful children. I was one of those women who just have to think about getting pregnant to get pregnant. God, it was terrible! We had always used condoms, but I decided I would try the diaphragm.

The commonly held belief, both in medical and moral terms, was that a fetus was not a human being until after quickening, usually in the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy. S. newspapers throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. In many of the advertisements for abortive services, pregnancies were termed “blockage of the menses” or “interruption of menses” and induced abortion was considered just another variety of spontaneous termination, or miscarriage. ” Carter’s Relief for Women, manufactured by the Carter Medical Company of East Hampston, Connecticut, claimed to be “safe and always reliable; better than ergot, oxide, tansy or pennyroyal pills.

I think there are a lot of married women who have experienced that in the same way. I’ve been lobbying at the State House for Pro-Choice issues now for several decades. I think I was the first person [to testify] on an abortion bill [in Massachusetts]. I remember testifying on a Pro-Choice bill in the 70s, during Michael Dukakis’s first or second term as governor. At the time I was the lobbyist for the National Organization for Women in Massachusetts. I was testifying and I finally decided this is ridiculous to be talking in abstractions and third persons.

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