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Post Roe V. Wade, Women Still Die From Back-Alley Abortions

StoryJanuary 22, 2003
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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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