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. She came in with severe…

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 of contemptuous. The attitude was…

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…