Abortion Story #370: Anne’s abortion before Roe v. Wade

Roar will publish a first-person story about abortion, “My Abortion: A Daily Story,” every day for at least 365 days. The following excerpt begins Anne’s story. She opens up about obtaining an abortion in 1965, driving to Mexico from California, eight years before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide in its Roe v. Wade ruling. Read Anne’s complete story that was published by The Huffington Post.


“In 1965 I was barely 19 and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I had a steady boyfriend, but I wasn’t ready to get married and I certainly wasn’t ready to have a child. The birth control pill was fairly new, and I wasn’t even aware that it could be available to me, so we relied on rhythm and condoms.

When I found out I was pregnant, my boyfriend arranged for an abortion in Tijuana, Mexico. I don’t know how he did it, and I never asked him. I’m sure he got the information from some of his fraternity brothers. I’m sure there was a network of “knowers” at the college.

We drove to Tijuana, to a bar. A guy came up to us and collected $300, which is about $2,200 today. Then, and here’s where my panic began to set in, the man told my boyfriend he couldn’t come with me….”

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