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The story of an Eagle Rock abortion rights activist in the days before Roe v. Wade

EAGLE ROCKKPCC 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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3 comments

  1. Thank you for your great and important work, Carol!

  2. Wow. She’s a legend. In the 70’s I worked with the Berkeley Women’s Health Collective and we did these: using a kind of absorbing natural sponge that stimulated the uterus to cough that stuff out. Now all these years later I’m an RN and women are still fighting for safe respectful health care. The struggle never ends.
    Thanks, Carol D. A true pioneer.

  3. Thank you Carol —unfortunately the fight continues.
    I lived in New York in the early 70’s – we hosted women who came from other states to get a legal abortion in NY. (those that could afford to come to NY).

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