The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade may be fast approaching, but there’s no denying the dramatic increase in attacks on reproductive choice.

“Little by little, the right to abortion has been chipped away—and that chipping has turned into a sledgehammer in the last two years,” Susan Yanow told the audience gathered at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America on Wednesday afternoon for the presentation “Access to Reproductive Health Care: In 2012, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard!

The event featured two leaders working to promote women’s health and access to abortion: Yanow, founder of the Abortion Access Project (now known as Provide), and Judy Norsigian ’70, executive director and founder of Our Bodies Ourselves. The two examined attacks on reproductive choice—and how to combat them.

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