I took precautions (spermacidal foam) but still she got pregnant. I was in my early 30's---she was perhaps 20. Neither of us wanted to be parents. I think my stress may have been as great as hers--both our dreams for the future were evaporating. The doctor said she was about 6 weeks on. When I asked, he said "I don't do abortions---they are illegal". He prescribed something to start her period. Useless! I asked everyone I knew. Eventually found a "nurse" who knew how to induce a miscarriage.
It was done(for a hundred dollars) and three days later the lady began to bleed alarmingly. I hurried her to the hospital and a d&c was performed. They asked lots of awkward questions and we somehow bumbled our way through the paperwork. It took weeks for her full recovery.
I detail this so you can appreciate the fury I feel at those who stand in the way of safe and legal abortions---and my resolve to help others with unwanted pregnancies.
I looked for and eventually found a doctor a hundred miles away who would risk his professional career to help desperate women. On one occasion I drove a lady there paid the $250 fee, waited the half hour till the procedure was done then kept her several days. She healed quickly without complications. What a difference!
Later, some of us in the first commune began to facilitate access to safe abortions.
We found a local doctor we trusted and who trusted us. The ladies of our community would welcome patients secretly routed to us---comfort them--arrange a betadine bath before the procedure --transport them and attend them afterward. We charged nothing---and the doctor charged very little. (A female gynecologist who shared our belief in reproductive choice) I remember with pride our tiny underground railroad.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Lives are wrecked by unwanted pregnancies. The battle for reproductive freedom goes on. There is no good reason for unwanted children. I marched in the Washington DC million person demonstration for safe and legal abortions and joined defenders of the clinic in Tampa, Fla against the anti-choice fanatics. On occasion I have tried to reason with these crazies. The Santa Fe New Mexican published my article on the limits of expendability---my best arguments for choice. I marched with a pro choice demonstration in Tallahassee, carrying a sign I made saying:
ACORNS ARE NOT AN OAKS
ZYGOTES ARE NOT FOLKS