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An illegal abortion killed my great-grandmother. Inequality will condemn others to the same fate.

My great-grandmother died of an illegal abortion at the age of 48, on a farmhouse floor in Hamblen County. The story in the family had been that she got a fever and died, but in fact, after six children and 30 years of being married to a violent and alcoholic man, she tried to terminate a pregnancy that she thought would kill her one way or another. It did.

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