Loretta Lynn’s songs resonate anew amid abortion debate

Country queen Loretta Lynn spoke honestly about teenage pregnancy, birth control and abortion

By KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer
October 6, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Loretta Lynn, the Grammy-winning country music icon who died Tuesday at 90, lived through — and sang about — decades of advancements for women's social movements, achievements now endangered.

A mother multiple times over by the end of her teens, she gave voice to those who had historically had little control over childbirth and their own sexuality. Some of her songs reflected the lives of many rural women and mothers, lamenting their invisible labor and the repressive and gendered roles that kept them tied to a singular identity.

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