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The History Of Abortion In America

Newspaper ad with headline Mesmin's French Female Pills.
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Ad for pills said to induce abortion, Provo Daily Enquirer, Dec 15, 1892

Part of the battle in the confirmation process of the Supreme Court nominee is going to be Roe v Wade. So Thursday, we’re asking what life was like for women before abortion was legal in this country.

RadioWest divider.

What was life like for women before abortion was legal in this country? Part of the battle in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the Roe v Wade case. And historian Rickie Solinger says it’s not just the question of having a baby or not that’s at stake. Solinger argues unwanted pregnancies robbed women of the chance at a good education, good jobs, and full citizenship. She joins us Thursday to talk about the history of abortion in America.

Rickie Solinger is a historian whose work focuses on reproductive politics. She's the author of six books, including The Abortionist [Indie bookstores|Amazon], Pregnancy and Power [Indie bookstores|Amazon], and her most recent Reproductive Justice, which was co-authored with Loretta Ross. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

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