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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 12:05 PM

This is what back-alley abortions were really like

Column: This is what back-alley abortions were really like
Gary Woodcock, Tampa Bay Times, updated 7/11/18

As a moderate conservative or, equally, a moderate liberal, depending on the issue du jour, I have chills running down my spine at the possibility of Roe vs. Wade being overturned. Let me tell you why.

With a staunch Catholic upbringing and an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, I joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1959, 14 years before the 1973 landmark Roe decision. Police training taught that "abortion" had a legal definition and was illegal in Maryland. Nine days out of the academy and two days before Christmas, I was introduced to its cruel realities.

My post included Maryland General Hospital, an exciting assignment because of its "Accident Room," as its primitive emergency room was then called. One evening I received a call to take "a report of an injured woman" at the hospital.

A car with its side door open was parked at the entrance. Blood was on the back seat with more puddled on the ground. I noted the vehicle description and license number. A trail of blood led inside. A doctor and three nurses were working on a young woman lying on a table. My initial thought was she had been gutted.


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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 04:12 PM

2. Every baby boomer has a horror story about back-alley abortions

Or knows someone who did. Even those angry hate filled busy bodies who want forced pregnancies know of girls and women dead or injured due to back alley abortions.

Just like we all knew someone who had died or was injured in Viet Nam.

How are we going to go back to this shit?

We need to start up an underground railroad to get women abortions when Trump outlaws it. Shuttles to Canada or Europe could be arranged. Then there is always the morning after pill and the abortion pill we could hand out to women needing abortions. They can't put the toothpaste back into the tube. Women don't need to die just because criminals rule our government.

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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 05:18 PM

3. K&R

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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 12:21 AM

4. A big, fat K&R!

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