Okay, we have to admit this article title is a little deceptive… we are only covering 11 ways life was different before the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark case that legalized abortion in the United States. One point we’ll cover is a similarity to today: people were still having abortions regularly. That hasn't changed. Accessibility to safe abortions will always be within the reach of the rich and well-connected. Legalization only affects whether safe abortion is within reach of marginalized communities, because, you know, we really need more challenges.
Regardless of what you think about the medical procedure of abortion, the Supreme Court’s likely upcoming vote to overturn Roe v. Wade will have resounding consequences, most directly affecting people of color and people living in poverty. So, if our future will be a repeat of our history, what can we expect? What was life like before the court case we all know by name?
Let's actually start with a similarity...
There were underground abortion networks.
Abortions didn't use the best or safest technology.
The most common abortion method was self-induction.
Abortion could be deadly for women.
Abortion was more deadly for people of color.
People living in poverty were more negatively affected.
Affluent people traveled long distances to get an abortion.
Medical professionals risked practices and jail time.
People who had unwanted pregnancies were more likely to live in poverty and stay with an abusive partner.