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Illustration by Krieg Barrie. Original photo of Lader: Bob Strong/AFP via Getty Images

Abortion’s street fighter

Roe v. Wade | How Lawrence Lader led the abortion legalization drive— and later promoted the “abortion pill”
by Susan Olasky
Posted 1/14/21, 04:04 pm

In 2002 the Harvard Club on 44th Street in Manhattan planned to erect a glass-walled addition to the classic building. Many alums were angry. At one meeting, Lawrence Lader, 82, got so worked up the governing board shut off his mic. He was still a frenzied orator, just as he’d been as a student in the 1930s and a self-described “street fighter” who led the movement to abolish America’s abortion laws in the 1960s.

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Illustration by Stephen Crotts

Historical abortion fiction

Roe v. Wade | Pro-abortionists claim abortifacients were legal centuries ago. The historical record proves otherwise
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/14/21, 03:56 pm

The move toward swallowing abortion pills at home takes us back to an earlier era when abortion-seekers avoided surgical abortion, a risky proposition for women not only morally but physically, due to the great risk of infection. Abortifacients—potions designed to produce abortion—included oil of savin, ergot, rue, tansy oil, and wormwood, all of which caused a horrible shock to the entire body of the maternal user. Dosage was key, and effects could range all the way from a slightly upset stomach to death of child or death of mother and child.

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Who has the power?

History | We quickly forget what real power is
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/28/20, 11:13 pm

Back in the days of the late Roman Empire, a monk journeyed from his home in rural Asia Minor (now Turkey) to visit the great city of Rome. Out of curiosity, he joined a crowd headed into the Coliseum. After finding a seat, he was horrified to see men fighting each other to the death for spectators’ amusement.

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