The solution to the abortion crisis may lie in a 134 year old technology. Back in 1883, Abortions were, by and large, still legal in the US. For those who do not know, throughout most of the first one hundred years of the US’s history abortions were legal. They were also inexpensive and performed by women, midwives to be specific. Then men – full disclosure, I am one – decided, for largely economic reasons, that they should be performed only by male doctors. Since women did not have the right to vote for another almost 40 years, laws were passed taking a woman’s right to choose out of her hands and giving it to men.
Also in 1883, the vending machine was invented. Why bring this up now? Well, you can now buy Plan B, otherwise known as the morning-after pill, from a vending machine on Stanford University campus.* The heart of Silicon Valley has come up with a 134 year old technological solution to another of our problems. Imagine if we could advance that by just one more letter and make Plan C available at every 7-11. This would allow safe termination of an un-wanted pregnancy before anything is viable, up to ten weeks. Think of the stigma that would remove.