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Daring to Remember: Two-and-a-Half Illegal Abortions

This post is part of Daring to Remember, an ongoing series of stories about life in the years before Roe v. Wade and in the face of contemporary attacks on the right to abortionIn these uncertain times, we are fighting for Roe and safe, legal abortion access with our own testimonies about life without choice. We are daring to remember what a nation without safe, legal abortion access looks like. Submit a story here.

In 1968, I had two and a half illegal abortions for the same pregnancy. I was 19. Back then very few doctors were willing to give you birth control pills and there was no sex education for women or men, except that which we gave each other. No one was supposed to be having sex. You certainly didn’t tell anyone if you were.

My boyfriend did everything right. He asked me to marry him and was relieved, though he didn’t say so, when I said no. How is it possible that I was smart enough to say no? He then offered to pay for it, which he did. $ 250 was a heck of a lot of money back then and we were both paying our own way through college. I don’t know where he got the money. I never asked him.

A friend knew of a guy in town who did abortions. The guy had been a medical resident who got addicted to morphine following a car accident and kicked out of his residency. He now traveled the country, going from college town to college town, doing abortions for terrified and naive young women. At least that’s what he told us. He did what was called “packing” for me. It was, as I remember it, a bunch of gauze pads inserted in my vagina that had been soaked in something that caused a spontaneous abortion a few days later. I think abortionists liked to do that because it wasn’t such an invasive procedure, which meant less chance of problems for them.

Activists protesting anti-abortion candidate Ellen McCormack at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. (Warren K. Leffler / Wikimedia)

The next day I had bad cramps, bled a bunch and thought it was over. I called the abortionist like I was supposed to, and he was surprised at how little pain I had had. That was the end of it—until a couple days later I was at the public library downtown, a few blocks from my apartment when I started bleeding very heavily and having excruciating pain. I was having contractions, although at the time I had no idea that’s what they were. I knew I had to get home and I knew I couldn’t ask for help or tell anyone what was happening. I managed to get out of the library and walked diagonally across two huge parking lots, stopping at each row of meters to hang on and bend over in pain. I was terrified the blood was going to drip down the legs of my jeans and out onto the sidewalk and I would get caught and arrested for breaking the law.

When I finally made it back to my apartment, still bleeding heavily, I tried to call my boyfriend but he wasn’t home. Thank heavens one of my roommates came home. We decided I needed to go back to the abortionist to get help. We called him and drove to the farm where he was staying. There, in this lovely old farmhouse, was an all white “operating room” with an operating table and all sorts of medical equipment. This wasn’t the “operating room” used for the first procedure—that was close to my apartment where lots of students lived in run down old houses that had been cut into two or more apartments. He checked me and said I was still pregnant, so he did a D&C, which meant he scraped out the inside of my uterus. It hurt like hell.

When I got back to my apartment, there was a note on my bed, in the middle of all the blood, from my boyfriend—saying he had stopped in to see how I was doing. He was pretty worried about the entire idea of an abortion being done by a morphine addict. But he hadn’t turned on the lights in the apartment, so he didn’t see all the blood all over the floor, in the bathroom, on my bed, even on the walls. I loved him so much. I have always been so grateful he didn’t turn on the light.

I risked going to a licensed doctor a few days later. He told me I was no longer pregnant—and offered me birth control pills.

I’ve never written this down before. No one has ever asked me about it. I honestly don’t know how I feel now about having had an abortion so many years ago. I do know it’s all wrapped up in shame. Back then, nice girls didn’t have sex. Back then nice girls did not get pregnant.

After it was all over, I put together a list of licensed doctors who would perform safe abortions. There were lots of them—some who believed strongly in the right of women to choose and some who did it for the money. There were doctors in Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, even a clinic in England where it was legal. Airfare was so cheap; one could fly to England, have the abortion, stay in a hotel for a few days and fly home for what it cost to have an illegal one in the states. All kinds of “nice girls” contacted me, desperate for help. I felt good about that. They wouldn’t have to go through what I did.

I know that if I had it to do over, I’d do the same thing. I have never regretted doing it, not once in all these years.

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Two weeks after the fall of Saigon, on May 12, 1975, Khmer Rouge soldiers on patrol boats fired a rocket-propelled grenade across the bow of the U.S. merchant ship SS Mayaguez.

The United States didn’t recognize the Khmer Rouge’s claim of 12 nautical miles of territorial waters. When the more than 10,000-ton container ship sailed too close to Poulo Wai island on its way from Saigon to Sattahip, Thailand, the patrol boats scrambled to chase it.

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Fine art or daring design? 13 must-see new galleries and museums in Europe

Gallery launches and long-awaited reopenings of some of Europe’s famous museums are taking place at many great city-break destinations this year

A vast new – and, as the name suggests, block-shaped – building on Copenhagen’s harbour, the Blox complex is scheduled to open later this spring and house everything from homes to restaurants and an outdoor space for cultural events. Blox will also be the new home of the Danish Architecture Centre, which will host exhibitions on urban development, architecture and design.
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Would You Wear This Daring Bag Trend?

We love testing out the weirdest, most whimsical and out-there trends of the moment. We saw fanny packs come sprinting back into the fashion spotlight last year, confirming that “dad” style and anything with a loose tie to ’90s nostalgia is going nowhere. But while the sporty bag achieved major popularity, it’s the fanny pack’s sleeker cousin we’re looking at: the belt bag. Daring, yes. Doable? Debateable. If you’re still hesitant about trying out belt bags for yourself, let these stylish women teach you a lesson in making the “out-there” bag so cool and wearable.

This stylish Norwegian makes a strong case for a polished belt bag, wearing hers over her trench coat.
Play up the whimsical nature of this fun bag trend by opting for an opulent color palette. Obviously, a fuschia velvet-finished Gucci version does this impeccably well. Shop similar: Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Velvet Belt Bag ($ 980)
Of course, the reigning queen of cool style can make an artful belt bag the statement piece of her award show look. Solange styled the rest of her look around the eclectic bag shape, opting for a pared-back black jumpsuit and equally standout earrings. On Solange: Vere Verto Deco Bag in Black ($ 340)
Still wondering how to make belt bags actually wearable? Hanna Stefansson’s particular brand of Swedish pragmatism is a great example of how it can be done. On Hanna Stefansson: COS Belted Pocket Bag ($ 69)
And now, the Italian-girl way to wear a belt bag, which involves luxurious pieces like a silk robe and pretty flats.
We can’t get enough of this super-sleek look and double wraparound belt bag.
Yes, you can wear a belt bag casually too. Opt for a cool graphic T-shirt and relaxed-fit or deconstructed jeans.
Double up on bags—whoever said one was enough never witnessed this chic look.
This fashion trifecta is a must-try for the trend-forward women among us: beret + blazer + belt bag.
Minimalists everywhere, take a cue from Canadian blogger Elif Filyos and wear your belt bag just like this. On Elif Filyos: Urban Outfitters Lera Croc Convertible Belt Bag ($ 34)
Ever the trendsetter, KJ opted for an oversize denim jacket and tiny sunglasses with her Prada bag, giving us all ’90s-era style envy.
Mark our words: Girls with a bit of grunge style will all be wearing this Bella Hadid look in no time.
Let your pretty belt bag take center stage by using it to cinch your waist over a longer midi dress. Shop the style: Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Leather Belt Bag ($ 1100)
Man Repellers are all going crazy over Leandra’s use of mixed prints and traditionally clashing colors. As usual, the unexpected works on her.
A business casual look with a belt bag? You’re not alone if you thought the previous sentence was an oxymoron. Yet this look is all the proof we need that elevated belt bags (this one is a previous season Loewe style) can be office-approved, too.
It’s no surprise Kim Kardashian West’s Alexander Wang leather fanny pack sold out the moment she wore it out in public. (Okay, we’re exaggerating a tad there, but the celeb-loved bag is basically nowhere to be found on the internet.)
An updated suit will surely balance out the bag’s forward style. But no matter how you plan to try out this daring bag trend, keeping it consistent with your own personal style will help it all seem wearable. And now, shop our editors’ selection of belt bags that you’ll actually be able to pull off.

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13 of the most daring red carpet outfits of all time

13 of the most daring red carpet outfits of all time


13 of the most daring red carpet outfits of all time

The red carpet is no place for the feeble of fashion minds. Because there are ridiculously good looks that saunter down a step and repeat all the time, but *very* few actually traverse into daring red carpet gown category. Which is what makes the outfits on our list so very special.

Boring, they are not. Forgettable, they could never be. These ladies represent the crème de la crème of daring red carpet ensembles. These looks are the ones we could only hope to wear in our wildest dreams, but the women rocking them make it look so ~dayum~ easy.

Of course, Bad Girl RiRi would top the list. She basically wrote the book on daring fashion, and it’s one of the many reasons we’re obsessed her. Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé are also in this elite sartorial category, with sultry nearly-naked dresses of their own.

Now, a “daring dress” doesn’t always translate into long gown either, as evidenced by Bjork’s 2001 Oscars ensemble. And heck, Miley Cyrus’ addition to the list is more a chandelier than a dress, but we’ll take it!

Clearly, there are quite a few daring red carpet looks worthy of our praise. Now free to ohh and ahh over the assortment of said dresses below.

1. Rihanna, 2014

Rihanna red carpet
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Behold: the most daring red carpet dress of all time, courtesy of Rihanna and Adam Selman.

2. Beyoncé, 2015

Beyonce Met Gala Daring Red Carpet
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Queen Bey in Givenchy just plain shut. it. down.

3. Jennifer Lopez, 2000

Jennifer Lopez daring red carpet
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This Versace number is so iconic, they’re *still* making repeat versions nearly two decades later.

4. Miley Cyrus, 2015

Miley Cyrus Daring red carpet
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At first glance, we definitely thought this Versace dress was actually a chandelier. Regardless, Miley rocked it!

5. Bjork, 2001

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It doesn’t get more daring than a wearing a swan! (Wearing Marjan Pejoski).

6. Kim Kardashian, 2013

Kim Kardashian daring red carpet dress
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Feathers, crystals and a whole lot of see-through fabric qualify this Roberto Cavalli design as one sizzling number.

7. Rihanna, 2017

Rihanna daring red carpet
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Bad Girl RiRi is the reigning queen of daring fashion, so of *course* she’d make the list twice. (Wearing Tom Ford).

8. Irina Shayk, 2015

Irina Shayk daring red carpet
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Mwuah! Irina was not afraid to rock it in this daring Versace jumpsuit-dress.

9. Toni Braxton, 2001

Toni Braxton daring red carpet
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She’s a Grammy-winner, and she’ll wear what she wants to!

10. Rita Ora, 2015

Rita Ora Daring red carpet
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Cue the jaw drop! (In Donna Karan).

11. Lil’ Kim, 1999

Lil Kim MTV VMAs 1999 daring red carpet
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Pasties weren’t a thing until Lil’ Kim made them a thing.

12. Elizabeth Hurley, 1994

Elizabeth Hurley Daring Red Carpet
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This Versace dress basically created the side cutout trend.

13. Amber Rose, 2014

MTV VMAs
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Ow ow! (Wearing Laura Dewitt).



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