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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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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*For more information about JANE read Laura Kaplan’s book, The Story of Jane.

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you have a choice

Diary Entry 37: Sondra B., 85 1/2 (Bronx, NY late 1950s and Rockland County, NY mid 1970s)

Sondra shares her abortion stories; one in the 1950s, before abortion was legal in the United States, and another in the 1970s.

(Published on July 29, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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it was illegal

Diary Entry 27: Devra W., 67 (Los Angeles, CA, 1966, 1969 and 1970)

Devra shares her abortion experiences, including one illegal abortion in 1966 and two menstrual extractions at Planned Parenthood, in Los Angeles, CA,  after abortion became legal in CA. She also discusses her experience in the Women’s Liberation Movement and how talking to other women at women’s groups about reproductive choices was essential to her abortion experience.

(Published on May 15, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Los Angeles, CA)

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I never regretted it for a moment

Diary Entry 19: Jean R., 73 (Rosarito Beach, Mexico, 1964/65 and San Bernardino, CA, 1965/66)

Jean, a mother of two, shares her experiences of seeking two abortions in the 1960s, before Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court case, guaranteed the right to safe and legal abortions in the United States.

(Published on March 20, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Salinas, CA)

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abortion was the right decision for me

Diary Entry 11:  Ilene Y., 67 (Manhattan, NY, 1970)

Ilene shares her story of obtaining an abortion in New York City in 1970, the year that abortion was legalized in New York State and three years before Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court case guaranteed the right to safe and legal abortions in the United States.

(Published on January 23, 2014 | Listener: Melissa Madera |Location: New York, NY)

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