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New World Notes - Reproductive Rights Crusader Bill Baird
This week on New World Notes: radio program #321, April 29, 2014, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (and on Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.), host Kenneth Dowst presents a talk by Bill Baird.
For decades, Bill Baird has been a crusader for reproductive rights, including the right to purchase contraceptives--still illegal in Massachusetts (and elsewhere) in the 1960s.
Seeing a woman die from an attempted coat-hanger abortion changed his life. He survived assassination attempts, 8 criminal convictions, prison brutality, the firebombing of his abortion clinic (the nation's first), the breakup of his family, and the absence of any help from NOW, ACLU, and other potential allies. One of his 3 Supreme Court cases was cited 6 times in Roe v. Wade.
A scary and stunning story, well-told by Baird himself.
Excerpted by K.D. from a panel presentation at the University of Hartford, February 16, 2010.
This is a rebroadcast of New World Notes #110 (April 2010).
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