The Never Go Back Project

A joint effort of:

  • Middlesex County Chapter of the NJ National Organization for Women

  • RU Choice, the Rutgers University Vox Chapter of Planned Parenthood


In the face of escalating anti-choice attacks on women's reproductive rights, we need to hear the voices of women who lived in the pre-Roe v. Wade era. We have recorded these stories to share with post-Roe generations to underscore the consequences of losing the rights we won with Roe.  Middlesex County NOW and RU Choice are working together to bring these women's stories forward in the hope that we will NEVER GO BACK.


A video was added on March 24, 2013, and is so-indicated below.  All the videos are now part of a YouTube "channel" and a link for that is given below, as well.


Abortion Stories

Mimi's Story:  Mimi discusses the abortion options available to women before the 1973 Roe v Wade decision, including examples of friends who had illegal and legal abortions in the US or went abroad.

Ruthe's Story:  Ruthe had a legal abortion before 1973 under very restrictive and secretive conditions.  She contrasts that to her experience with a second abortion after the Roe v Wade decision.


Anonymous:  She had an illegal abortion before the 1973 Roe v Wade decision.  She discusses her experience and how she was "lucky" that nothing bad happened to her.


Judi's Story:  She was 16 years old when she was raped by a family acquaintance.  She found an illegal abortionist, but anesthesia was by a knock-out punch.  And she almost died of sepsis.

Jane's Story:  Jane describes her experience in a "home for unwed mothers" before the Roe v. Wade decision.
The Cradle Will Rock (Word document, text)


Sarah's Story:  A chapter member's great grandmother died in 1899 of an attempted self-induced abortion.  When abortion is not accessible, women will die.

Remembering Sarah Neivert (Web page, text)


Birth Control Stories

Mimi's Story:  Mimi speaks about the difficulty of obtaining birth control in the 1960s and 1970s.

Anonymous:  She discusses her understanding of birth control options and only learning about birth control once she got married.


The above videos are on the "Never Go Back" channel on YouTube.  You can see and/or subscribe to this channel here:

Related Sites

RU Choice Tumblr Site

1 in 3 Campaign






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