i didn’t know anything about him

Diary Entry 82:  Barbara S., Ph.D., 77 (Tulsa, OK 1955/56)

Barbara shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in Tulsa, OK in the mid-1950s. She also discusses her experience as a founding member of MORAL (Modern Oklahomans for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), an underground abortion service that helped 3,000 people access abortion care in Tulsa, OK before Roe V. Wade, and her work with NARAL in Oklahoma. She begins her story by reading a short piece from the memoir she is writing that explains how she first learned about abortion.

(Published on January 20, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tulsa, OK)

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it was a hard thing to do

Diary Entry 81: Paul B, 74 (Vancouver, BC 1965)

Paul shares his story of supporting his partner through an illegal abortion in Vancouver, BC in the 1960s.  Canada did not legalize abortion until 1988.

(Published on January 20, 2015 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, Oregon)

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es nuestra propia decision

Diary Entry 76: Diana, 41 (Cali, Colombia 1989 and 1997)

Diana comparte su experiencias con dos abortos en Colombia; un aborto clandestino cuando tenia 16 años y otro ocho años despues

Diana shares her two abortion experiences in Colombia; an illegal abortion when she was 16 and a second abortion 8 years later.

(Published on December 23, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Pembroke Pines, FL)

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i don’t regret anything

Diary Entry 60:  Judi M., 62 (New York, NY 1968/9 and Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1978)

Judi shares her story of obtaining an illegal abortion as a 16 year old high school student in the 1960s after being raped by a family friend, and a legal abortion in her twenties.  She also discusses her work helping other women obtain abortions in New York before abortion was legal in New Jersey, working as a clinic escort at an abortion clinic in New Jersey after abortion became legal after the Roe v. Wade decision, and choosing not to have children.

(Published on October 28, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Venice, FL)

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you can feel both relief and regret

Diary Entry 57: Aimee S.L., 42 (Manila, Philippines 1994)

Aimee shares her story of seeking a clandestine abortion in the Philippines, where abortion is illegal, while she was a college student.

(Published on October 14, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: Portland, OR)

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i just wanted it to be over

Diary Entry 46: Wendy, 70 (New York City, NY, 1962)

Wendy shares her abortion experience as a teenager in New York City before abortion was legal in New York.

(Published on September 2, 2014| Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Northampton, MA)

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we were of use

Diary Entry 45: Judith,  71 (Chicago, IL, 1974)

Judith Arcana shares her experiences as a Jane in The Abortion Counseling Service of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (usually known as JANE*), the underground abortion service in Chicago,  and her own abortion experience soon after the Roe v. Wade decision.

Judith Arcana is a writer – and a Jane, a member of the feminist underground service that helped more than eleven thousand women and girls have safe illegal abortions in Chicago before the Roe decision in January of 1973. She worked in the service for two years, and then taught classes on women’s health and sexuality for the Women’s Liberation School. Last year she published a fiction zine rooted in abortion service history (Keesha and Joanie and JANE ); her story collection about tattooing and abortion, called Hello. This is Jane. – is currently seeking a publisher. Visit Judith’s website: http://www.juditharcana.com/.

(Published on August 26, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Portland, OR)

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