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 scared to death-it was very…

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. " Women uneducated in modern scientific…

The Bad Old Days

By Polly Rothstein In Connecticut, where I grew up, birth control was illegal. Feminists had lobbied to repeal the law for decades, but lawmakers refused. I wondered how women-in-the-know avoided pregnancy. Some men used condoms (where did they get them?), but many women had shotgun…