VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3, P208-209, AUGUST 01, 2022
William H. Catherino, M.D., Ph.D.
Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it– Winston Churchill
There’s no education in the second kick of a mule– Mitch McConnell
These are historic times. In the recent Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, abortion services are no longer federally protected. Control of abortion rights has moved to the states (1), with several states enacting or planning to enact laws to severely restrict abortion. The United States has lived through such a restrictive period before, and while the majority of the Supreme Court Justices were too young to be impacted by those laws (indeed, restrictions began to be lifted toward the end of the 1960s, when the oldest current Justice was a teenager and the youngest was not yet born), information on the society under which restrictive abortion laws existed is easily available and worthy of consideration. What challenges existed in the 1960s that motivated social efforts to increase abortion access? Let’s review a few pertinent questions: