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Back rooms : voices from the illegal abortion era

Author: Ellen Messer; Kathryn E May
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1994.
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Those who came of age after 1973 cannot remember the days before Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Back Rooms presents the moving testimony of women - and men - who cannot forget. This landmark oral history vividly conveys the stark choices women with unwanted pregnancies faced before abortion was legalized. Here are poignant stories of illegal "back-room" abortions and harrowing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case Reports
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Messer, Ellen.
Back rooms.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1994
(OCoLC)647287624
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ellen Messer; Kathryn E May
ISBN: 0879758767 9780879758769
OCLC Number: 29635908
Notes: Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1988. With new prologue.
Description: xxi, 234 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Back alleys, dark streets --
Out of wedlock --
Leaving the country --
You made your bed, now lie in it --
Desperate measures --
Bitter testimony --
Easing the burden --
A voice from the darkness.
Responsibility: Ellen Messer & Kathryn E. May.

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Those who came of age after 1973 cannot remember the days before Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Back Rooms presents the moving testimony of women - and men - who cannot forget. This landmark oral history vividly conveys the stark choices women with unwanted pregnancies faced before abortion was legalized. Here are poignant stories of illegal "back-room" abortions and harrowing accounts of self-induced miscarriages, as well as the testimony of women who were forced to give birth on society's terms, not their own. At a time when mounting pressure from anti-abortion activists increasingly challenges the Roe v. Wade decision, this book lends authority and moral clarity to the pro-choice position.

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