EAGLE ROCK — KPCC presents the story of Carol Downer, an Eagle Rock resident and long-time advocate of abortion rights.
Haunted by the experience of having an abortion without an anesthetic, Downer was involved in creating a secret network in the early 1970s to educate women about an abortion method called menstrual extraction. Downer and others considered menstrual extraction less traumatic than other methods and one that would allow women to have an abortion at home.
After the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision on abortion, Downer, now 84, went on to operate the Hollywood Feminist Women’s Health Center and remained active in abortion rights and women’s health causes. Read more at KPCC.com.
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