26 july 1968 & #throwbackthursday abortion clinics before roe v wade
#OTD-ish 26 July 1968 #throwbackthursday In 1971, Preterm Inc (1726 I St NW) opened on 15 March and is considered the city's first abortion clinic. By the end of the year, three more clinics would open: Hillcrest Heights Clinic, Pre-birth clinic and the Washington Hospital Center's Women's Clinic. While there were other places in the city to obtain abortions, including the Doctors Hospital and the Columbia Hospital for Women, these four clinics' sole service was providing abortions.
The Preterm clinic staff had two doctors, two registered nurses and 13 counselors. Judy Jones was director of counselors. Nan Tucker McEvoy was the associate director.
Please comment below. Do you recognize anyone in the photograph? Did you, a family member or a neighbor have an abortion in one of the clinics? Do you remember Jones or McEvoy? Did you work at any of the clinics? Were you an abortion/reproductive rights activist before passage of Roe v Wade? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, Evening Star Photo Collection. 16 March 1971. Photographer unknown.
Lurma Rackley, "District Abortion Clinic Opens to Brisk Business," Evening Star 16 March 1971.
William Blum, West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir 2002.
Sheridan Fahnestock, "Legal Abortions Here Rise in Last Five Years: Law Aids Well-To-Do," Evening Star 15 July 1968.
Anne M. Valk, Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, DC 2008.
Read this individual's story about obtaining an abortion c1971. It is from Washington Area Spark.