THE ABORTION DECISION: Personal and Economic Outcomes


Exhibit case with 1 text panel, 1 pamphlet, 3 pins and a pill case

The pennyroyal plant, made into pills that were sold in tins, was the focus of a recent TikTok trend in the wake of the overturn of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, and the resulting bans on abortion occuring in many U.S. states.

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States conferred the right to have an abortion. Along with visualizations for recent economic data, the items in this exhibit link past and present experiences of abortion, from using plants like pennyroyal to control conception and real-life abortion stories in Voices from the Waiting Room, to activist pins from abortion-access organizations.

This exhibition was curated by Dr. Genna Miller, Duke Lecturing Fellow of Economics and  Laura Micham, Director, Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and Curator, Gender and Sexuality History Collections 


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