When Only Rich Girls Had a Choice

March 14, 2006 by susan

Published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 13, 2006

Anyone old enough to remember the good old days of "chastity and virtue," which many South Dakota lawmakers hark back to, will also remember the good old days of illegal abortions.

If you could scrape together enough money, you could find the name of someone, maybe a doctor but maybe not, who would agree to meet you in a hotel room or have you come to an office, usually a dark room at the back of a urine-stained hallway. The abortion itself was often primitive, with coiled hoses, saline and other "tools" of the trade.

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