I was 21, and in a new relationship. The diaphragm didn’t work. It was 1970, and abortion was legal in DC only if there was a physical or mental issue. You had to get a psychiatrist to certify that you would commit suicide if you had the baby. DC General, the only public hospital in DC, was refusing to perform abortions for women. I was the plaintiff in a class action suit to make the hospital compliant with. DC regulations. I requested an abortion there and was turned down. We went to court. They still refused. I got the abortion elsewhere. Four years later, DC General began to comply with the law. I am proud of this. I had no regrets about the abortion. I have two grown sons now, and new grandchildren. I am sad that women still have to jump through so many hoops. It feels as if it is even more difficult now. I never felt any shame. Some sadness.
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