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  • Epidemic played large role in shift of attitudes on abortion, author says

    Ten years before the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, German measles probably played the biggest part in starting to shift public attitudes about the criminal abortion laws, University of Illinois historian Leslie J. Reagan says in a new book.

    Ten years before the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, German measles probably played the biggest part in starting to shift public attitudes about the criminal abortion laws, University of Illinois historian Leslie J. Reagan says in a new book.

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