I am 64. I got pregnant the first time I had sex at 18 when I was a freshman in college in 1968. I thought I would have the baby, but my parents talked me into having an abortion. My mother, who had an illegal back alley abortion, paid for me to have a hospital abortion, which was also illegal…but nothing like what she went through. There were only 2 reasons to go to a hospital in those days..a miscarriage or because you were crazy.

Rather than be put on the locked crazy ward, I was told what lies to tell about my ‘miscarriage’ so I could get the D&C that would be the abortion I needed. I had two more abortions after they became legal. It was because of my mother’s story of her illegal abortion and my experience that I joined the fight to make abortions legal and I’ve been involved in the battle ever since. I just cant believe that we’re still in this war.