• Creator
  • Karpen, Joseph
  • Created Date
  • 1970
  • Description
  • On the opening day of the Washington State Legislature in 1970, approximately 100 people gathered to advocate for abortion rights, including members of Seattle Women's Liberation, Radical Women, the University of Washington Women's Commission, the Socialist Workers Party and the Young Socialist Alliance. At least half of the marchers arrived on a chartered bus from the University District. The rally lasted for over 45 minutes before the protes... more
    On the opening day of the Washington State Legislature in 1970, approximately 100 people gathered to advocate for abortion rights, including members of Seattle Women's Liberation, Radical Women, the University of Washington Women's Commission, the Socialist Workers Party and the Young Socialist Alliance. At least half of the marchers arrived on a chartered bus from the University District. The rally lasted for over 45 minutes before the protesters moved inside to hear Dr. A. Frans Koome, a Renton physician who practiced abortion, as well as representatives of the various groups, speak in the rotunda. A bill that would liberalize abortion was proposed in the previous legislative session but did not pass. The issue of abortion was becoming more widely discussed after Dr. Koome admitted in a letter to Governor Dan Evans that he performed abortions at his Renton clinic and asked that abortion law reform be added to the Legislature's agenda for the upcoming special session. In December... less
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    Scanned from a negative using a Epson Perfection 4990 at 100 ppi in grayscale. Resized using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 so that the long dimension was either 768 pixels horizontal or 600 pixels vertical, then saved in JPEG format at quality rating 3. 2013