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There weren't any laws against abortion in the U.S. until the 19th century—and as those laws grew more restrictive, many women sought abortions in secret. Surgeon George T. Strother, shown at right with a patient, defied Virginia's law against abortion and was arrested in 1954. The man with his back to the camera is a doctor who accompanied the police on a raid of Strother's medical facility.

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