For more on pre-legalization abortion, see The Bad Old Days of Abortion
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Something interesting I've noticed as I plough through the archives is that as the 1960's approach, the death stories start to dry up, and are replaced by calls for the repeal of abortion laws. Why the sudden change? Two words: Thalidomide. Reubella.
Suddenly abortion wasn't the horror -- disabled babies were. And it was worth any cost to keep them from being born. And remember, this is back before prenatal testing, before ultrasound. If the mother had been exposed to something that might cause her unborn baby to be anything but the longed-for ten-fingers-ten-toes, just that risk was enough to warrant a death senence for the fetus.
But then, "tolerance" and "diversity" weren't buzzwords yet, and this was long before the Americans with Disabilities Act, so folks might be excused for looking at disabled kids with such horror and loathing.
What's our excuse today?