The Powerful Video You Need to Watch About the Need to Defend Abortion Rights

Before Roe v. Wade was legalized in 1973, women found other ways — that often weren't safe — to have abortions. In this video below by The Scene, four women talk about their firsthand experience with illegal abortion pre-1973.

Dr. Samuels, who was doing a medical internship in 1965 in Brooklyn, witnessed multiple women die from botched abortions. In 1965, 265 deaths occurred from illegal abortions, eMedicineHealth reports.

"Abortions will continue regardless of weather it’s legal or not legal — as it always has," Dr. Samuels told The Scene.

In 2012, there was only a total of four abortion-related deaths in the U.S. due to safer practices, Dr. Samuel said in the video. 

Forty percent of all women will end a pregnancy by abortion at some time in their lives, and about 1.2 million abortions are performed each year in the U.S., eMedicineHealth reports. Worldwide, some 20-30 million legal abortions are performed, and 10-20 million are performed illegally. 

The four women, identified as Connie, Jane, Robin, and Dr. Samuels tell the stories of how their personal experiences with illegal abortion left them forever scarred. 

"If we don't guard very preciously — very fiercely — the right to have an abortion, this is what it's going to be like again," Connie said

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