Reproductive activist recalls time before Roe v. Wade: ‘It was the scarlet A’

Janet Gotkin, a long-time feminist, activist and volunteer for the Santa Fe chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), wants to break the silence and stigma around women’s reproductive healthcare. Gotkin remembers a time when young women had unsafe abortions. She also told NM Political Report about when she had an abortion in 1980. Married with two children, Gotkin was ready to launch her career when she found herself pregnant after she’d had a laparoscopy tubal ligation. The procedure had failed, she said.