Race, rubella, and the long road to abortion reform

In 1964, women began requesting abortions at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital—despite the fact that abortion had been illegal in the state since the 1870s.

But the pregnant women had—or believed they had—what some called the “three-day measles”: rubella.

What You MUST Know About Planned Parenthood and Black Women

Let’s call the video what it is — the latest in the anti-abortion movement’s appropriation of civil rights and its crass manipulations of history. And it won’t be the last because abortion opponents have long capitalized on the very real history of how exploiting Black bodies has been foundational to the United States, whether we talk about slavery, medical experimentation or mass incarceration.

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