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More Than MedicineA History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement$
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Jennifer Nelson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.001.0001

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“Thank You for Your Help … Six Children Are Enough”

“Thank You for Your Help … Six Children Are Enough”

The Abortion Birth Control Referral Service

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More Than Medicine

Jennifer Nelson

NYU Press

This chapter recounts the Seattle Women's Liberation movement effort—organized by feminists in the University of Washington YWCA—to ensure that women living in Seattle, and traveling to Seattle from elsewhere would receive abortions in a safe and caring context. Washington State voters legalized abortion by referendum in 1970, making it one of a handful of states in the country with legal abortion before Roe v. Wade. Although nonresidents of the state could not legally acquire an abortion, many women still traveled for the procedure and needed assistance once they arrived in a strange city. University of Washington YWCA feminists organized the Abortion Birth Control Referral Service (ABCRS) to evaluate physicians willing to perform abortions and provide referrals to out-of-state abortion patients, women from rural parts of the state, and Seattle women who wanted an abortion but didn't know whom to contact to obtain one.

Keywords:   Seattle Women's Liberation movement, University of Washington YWCA, abortion, Abortion Birth Control Referral Service, ABCRS, abortion patients, Seattle

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