In the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Rita Moreno reflects on her botched abortion.
When Rita Moreno fell pregnant while they were dating, Marlon Brando sent her to seek an abortion years before the 1973 momentous Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court.
On Friday, just after the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, Moreno, 90, remembered how his buddy Marlon had sought a doctor to help him become pregnant. Instead of some quack in an alley, Marlon paid this legitimate doctor — $500 — for his services.
When the “West Side Story” Oscar winner got home after the treatment, though, she started bleeding. The doctor didn’t carry out a thorough abortion procedure. I was taken to the hospital by Marlon. Moreno described her pregnancy as “disturbed,” according to doctors. “The doctor just made me bleed; that was the extent of his actions. To put it another way, he messed up.
My life may have been in jeopardy if I hadn’t realized it at the time. This is a complete and utter disaster. “Wow, what a mess.”
Rita Moreno: A Memoir” was the first book in which Moreno recounted the failed abortion. Additionally, she addressed it in her 2021 film, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” She informed me, “I can picture that event occurring right now and returning to the back alleys.” “I’m really nervous and frightened and horrified that this is taking place. I can’t believe that some of those people are telling us what to do with our bodies.”
Moreno remembers when the Roe v. Wade decision became the law of the land: “I was jubilant.”
As “depressed” as she is by today’s ruling, Moreno also, like so many, isn’t completely surprised. “Hilary Clinton warned everybody about this,” she said. “I’m not shocked because I saw it coming but I’m stunned.”
She continued, “I think about the young girls. Taking it to the most extreme, girls who get pregnant because of rape or incest. Unfair isn’t a strong enough word, but it’s unfair.”
After a short pause, Moreno said, “I’m sorry I’m not the most articulate today but I’m just shocked.”
But it won’t stop her from going on. This is going to need some work from us, you loudmouthed people,” Moreno added. Many of us are here. I’m wondering what we can do about this situation. We’ve been revived if anything.
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