Before Roe v. Wade, unknown numbers of women died from back-alley or self-induced abortions. Few people know that now, in this country, women still die from these kinds of abortions.
- Bill Bell, father of Becky Bell, who died from a back-alley abortion in 1988. Becky felt she couldn’t ask her parents for their consent, and then was afraid to go to a hospital. The Bells live in Indiana, which requires parental consent.
- The story of Kristine, a woman who died from a self-induced abortion — after Roe v. Wade, from the documentary “The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today” (1996), directed by Dorothy Fadiman and produced by Beth Seltzer.
- Becky Bell story on NARAL.org