Rita Moreno Recalls Her Botched Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

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After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, histrion Rita Moreno opened up astir however her termination went horrible incorrect erstwhile she was large with Marlon Brando’s child.

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Following the Supreme Court's historical overturning of Roe v. Wade this week, Rita Moreno elaborate her ain acquisition of having an abortion, agelong earlier the 1973 landmark ruling.

In an interrogation with Variety, the 90-year-old histrion recalled getting large portion she was dating Hollywood icon Marlon Brando, who died successful 2004

"Marlon recovered a doc done immoderate friends," Moreno shared connected June 24. "He was a existent doctor—Marlon paid him $500—as opposed to thing successful a backmost alley."

Despite seeking existent aesculapian help, the West Side Story star said she began to bleed erstwhile she returned home. As it turned out, the doc didn't implicit the termination procedure.

"Marlon took maine to the hospital. I had what they told maine was a ‘disturbed pregnancy,'" Moreno said. "The doc didn't bash thing really, but marque maine bleed. In different words, helium didn't bash it right. I didn't cognize it then, but I could person died. What a mess. What a dreadful mess."

This isn't the archetypal clip Moreno has shared her acquisition with abortion. She first told her communicative in her 2011 publication Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Then, successful her 2021 documentary, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for it, Moreno touched connected her fearfulness for women successful the future.

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"I tin spot that happening happening present and going backmost to backmost alleys," she said. "I'm truly tense and frightened and horrified that this is taking place. I can't judge that immoderate of those radical are telling america what to bash with our bodies."

She continued, "I deliberation astir the young girls. Taking it to the astir extreme, girls who get large due to the fact that of rape oregon incest. Unfair isn't a beardown capable word, but it's unfair."

While Moreno remembers feeling "jubilant" erstwhile Roe v. Wade established women's law close to termination successful the United States, contiguous she feels "depressed" aft the Supreme Court's determination to overturn the ruling.

"Hilary Clinton warned everybody astir this," she said. "I'm not shocked due to the fact that I saw it coming but I'm stunned."

Despite the setback, Moreno isn't feeling defeated conscionable yet. 

"We large mouths are going to person to get busy," Moreno said. "There are galore of us. I'm reasoning what are we going to bash astir this? If anything, this has reactivated us."

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