This is the same tape as BB3770.02, broadcast as the second episode of the WBAI produced Abortion (1969) series. James Clapp and Lucinda Cisler, members of the Abortion Committee of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, host the program. Their guest in-studio is Bernard Nathanson, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Cornell Medical School, associate attending obstetrician and gynecologist at New York Hospital and at St. Luke's Hospital, and Director of gynecology at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. They begin by asking Dr. Nathanson for the definition of an abortion, to which he provides detailed and step-by-step descriptions of different types of abortions and how they are performed. They also discuss the risks and costs, and the results of illegal abortions as seen in hospitals. There is also discussion of the implications for doctors and hospitals as a result of the increasing pressure to reform or repeal present abortion laws. At 00:36:20 the hosts play a previously recorded interview with retired abortionist, Dr. W. J. Bryan Henrie of Grove, Oklahoma. This series of five programs on abortion was produced by Kay Lindsey. Originally cataloged as having guests Susan Brownmiller, Jean Blair Billie, and William Baird.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.