What Happens When Abortion Is Banned?
By Michelle Oberman
May 31, 2018
The world of illegal abortion today looks nothing like it did 45 years ago.
When I first visited Chile, in 2008, it was one of only a handful of countries in the world that banned abortion in all cases, without exception. Given that hundreds of women a year died from botched illegal abortions in the United States before Roe v. Wade, which legalized the procedure in 1973, I expected to find hospitals in Chile overflowing with dying women. Instead, I found that abortion drugs have dramatically altered the situation.