Access To Legal Abortion Saves Lives
In the 1930s, my late mother was an OB Registered Nurse in public health working out of Los Angeles County General Hospital. Her best friend was one of the first female OB/GYN physicians in America. I often recall their quiet conversations at family gatherings about the “ward in the basement.” This was code for where the girls and women who were found bleeding in the alleys were taken to die. One of the takeaways I remember from those times is that my mother did midwifery in the Los Angeles barrio, where Dodger Stadium now sits. Another which was never said with specificity, but I surmise, is that my mother and her friend did abortions on demand — although they called them by the medical procedure name, D&C, and usually did them at the hospital.