Robert Livingston, a retired doctor from New Jersey, performed illegal abortions in the 1960s, but now he says there is a greater stigma attached to being an abortion doctor than there was before Roe v. Wade. “I would be afraid,” Livingston told a New Jersey newspaper. “The atmosphere is so ominous now. I wouldn’t know where to begin.” After hearing about recent controversies like Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) referring to “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s anti-choice platform, Livingston said he wanted to talk about his experience providing abortions, but even his grown children don’t want him to talk about it out of fear it will hurt their medical practices.
Retired Abortion Doctor Says Stigma Is Greater Now Than Pre-Roe v. Wade