An illegal abortion killed my great-great-grandmother. A century later, what’s changed?

In 1921, my great-great-grandmother Anna died because abortions were illegal. 

She got pregnant — with her 11th child — when she was 40 years old, a full-time homemaker, married to a produce peddler in New York City….

I’m 16 years old, a junior in high school, looking to the not-so-distant future in which I’ll be attending college far from home. What if I were to get pregnant against my will? What if I were to get pregnant in my teens, without the means of raising a child?

My story is different. I am frightened by what might happen to me….”

By Molly
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