At 77, Dr. Harry S. Jonas can still pinpoint the exact moment when he understood the importance of making abortion legal. The year was 1952 and he was an eager, young obstetrics-gynecology intern in Independence, Missouri. The specialty promised exciting pregnancies and bouncing babies, but his very first patient entered the hospital extremely sick. A mother of 12 children, she had triedunsuccessfullyto induce an abortion. "She came into the hospital with her intestines hanging out her vagina," recalls Jonas.... More >>>
By photo: Underwood & Underwood. 1922. Location: Biographical File Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-29808 Library of Congress
Margaret Sanger, 1879-1966: An early advocate for birth control, she lived to see it legalized for married couples, in 1965.