The doctors who started the abortion reform movement in the 1940s were the furthest thing from feminists, radical or mainstream. One thing about doctors—they don’t like to see their patients die, especially when it’s not nature that’s killing them. It’s the law. Once abortion became safe—indeed, safer than childbirth—after World War II, doctors started noticing that almost half of maternal deaths were from botched illegal abortions . . . Women would try to abort, doctors knew. The only question was whether they died—or became infertile—from it.

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World, by Linda Hirshman


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