When abortion was illegal: A 1966 series revealed how women got them anyway

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In January 1966, The Washington Post ran a four-part series on how women in the Washington area obtained abortions. At the time, abortion was illegal with few exceptions in the...

Headlines for The Washington Post's January 1966 series on abortion. Photo by The Washington Post.
The intersection of 14th and K streets NW in Washington, D.C., on the morning of June 4, 2019. In the 1950s, women would wait here for a private car that would take them to have abortions in rural Virginia. Washington Post photo by Gillian Brockell.
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