Medicine: Legal Abortion: Who, Why and Where

THE last thing that Valada Penny wanted was a baby. At 22, the beautiful black woman already had one child by a teen-age marriage. While separated from her husband and living with her parents in Brooklyn, working and trying to plan her future, she again became pregnant. She considered having the child. Then, when she was more than four months along, she decided instead to have an abortion.

The late procedure, which involved induced labor, was painful. "I was like to the point of screaming, and I muffled my screams and I was holding...

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