A hard-charging investigative reporter from SIR! MAGAZINE exposed the morbid aspects of "the abortion racket" in this 1951 article that reported on the money-loving quack "doctors" who were responsible for killing 50,000 women each year in back-alley abortions; equally shocking was his report on the slaughter of half a million American babies throughout the country in 1954.
A young wife gets swept up in the whirlwind of blind compliance that was the condition of her marriage. Her husband forces her onto the abortionist's gurney and she awakens an hour later with profound regret:
"It was a great psychological and spiritual emptiness - as though she'd lost something of immense meaning that could never be replaced. Part of her womanhood, her reason for being alive, had been taken from her, and she felt a vast sense of deprivation."
"I had degraded myself and betrayed my baby..."
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This illustrated article was published eighteen years before abortion became legal in the United States (1973). At the time this article first appeared Japan and Sweden were the only two countries where abortion was legal, and so the uncredited journalist devoted a good deal of column space examining how it worked in those nations.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortions, if they were executed within the first trimester, a new growth industry spread across the fruited plane: the creation of abortion clinics. New York City was no exception (the procedure was legalized there in 1970); this article is about the one that opened at 471 Park Avenue on May 7, 1971 - Parkmed:
"Within a short span of two years, the facility's fame has become world wide. Its more than 30,000 patients have come from every part of the United States and from countries such as Canada, Iceland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Japan, India and many South and Central American countries."