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Sep 04, 2018. 23 comments

Life Before Roe: The Story of a 'Back-Alley Abortionist'

Life Before Roe: The Story of a 'Back-Alley Abortionist'

Last summer, I received the first of a string of emails from Joseph Blaine, a man who wanted to share his story with me: despite his lack of medical training, in the decade before Roe v. Wade, he provided illegal abortions. “I am most eager to confess,” Blaine’s first email read, “just how bad it was, with infections, perforations, and deaths of women [and] children.”

Blaine performed illegal...

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