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A Fraught History of Abortion and Contraception in Arkansas

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J. Froleich
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KUAF
Lavender was a common herb consumed by women in the 19th century as an abortifacient.

A century before Roe v. Wade federally legalized abortion in America, girls and women in Arkansas seeking to prevent or terminate unwanted pregnancies were often required to resort to extreme measures. Independent historian Melanie K. Welch, Ph.D. chronicles the history of contraception and abortion in Arkansas.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for "Ozarks at Large."
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