Legalizing abortion did not necessarily make it safe. In fact, many of the illegal abortion provider simply hung up a shingle and became legal abortion providers. The situation was particularly bad in Chicago.
One reporter, Pam Zekman who wrote a series of exposés on the problems in Chicago abortion clinics, told Time magazine,
“In 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. As it turns out, what they legalized in some clinics in Chicago is a highly profitable and very dangerous backroom abortion.”
Pamela Zekman “Risky Abortions: Chicago Clinics Are Exposed,” Time, November 27, 1978 and 52
The situation is not much better today – women still die from legal abortion.
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