Judge stops enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban if Roe overturned

Memories of pre-Roe America, from people who were there

Anne Branigin and Rachel Hatzipanagos
Washington Post

Growing up in the 1960s, Susan Shurin learned that not getting pregnant was a matter of access.

Shurin, now a 77-year-old retired physician and former head of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, attended high school and college in Massachusetts at a time when it was illegal to sell or dispense contraception in the state. She knew people who found ways around those restrictions - traveling to New York to get diaphragm contraceptives or, if they were already pregnant, abortions. But, she said, doing so required "money and know-how."