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How the Supreme Court's draft opinion takes a selective view of the history of abortion rights

An abortion-rights protester holds up a sign during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on May 07, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
An abortion-rights protester holds up a sign during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on May 07, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade cites a tradition of laws criminalizing abortion. But that’s not the whole history.

Here & Now‘s Jane Clayson speaks with Leslie Reagan, a history professor at the University of Illinois and author of “When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States.”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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