Black women and the fight for abortion rights: How this brochure sparked the movement for reproductive freedom

By Natelegé Whaley

Faye Wattleton, the first black woman to serve as president of Planned Parenthood, stood on the steps of the Supreme Court in the summer of 1989 to condemn its decision on the abortion rights case Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The high court had ruled that states had the right to limit abortion access.

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