If it hadn’t been legal, I wouldn’t have done it

From a woman who had an abortion:

“If it hadn’t been legal, I probably would have had the baby then because I wouldn’t have wanted to risk putting my health in any risk… If it wouldn’t have been legal I probably just would just gone ahead and made the decision to have the baby.”

Sumi Hoshiko Our Choices: Women’s Personal Decisions about Abortion (New York: Harrington Park Press, 1993) 90

Most women would not have illegal abortions if legal abortions weren’t available. This is only one example.

Below. Diagram of the most common abortion procedure

Below. Diagram of the most common abortion procedure

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