Abortion at the time, fifty years ago, was illegal, even in Europe. Yes, one could get an abortion if you had the money to get a private Doctor to certify that this pregnancy would effect you mentally and lead to a breakdown. I remember finding out I was pregnant. I sat in front of my typewriter at work feeling totally desperate. I did not want a child. It meant that I would have to get married to a man I did not love and my life was over. He was good enough to realize this and after selling sports equipment (does this still happen today – Yes!) and emptying his bank account – through a girlfriend, who also needed an abortion she made a contact. The abortionist was a nice guy, but not a doctor, a petty criminal who broke into cars sometimes. Using a soap syringe applied not once, but three times I finally aborted. I nearly bled to death that night. The blood would not stop coming. Went to the emergency room and had a D&C, but I was so relieved. We must never, never, go back to those days of illegal abortions.
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