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Rita Moreno Reflects on Botched Abortion Years Before Roe V. Wade

Rita Moreno abortion story

While speaking with Variety on Friday (June 24), Rita recalled becoming pregnant by then-boyfriend Marlon Brando, who paid a doctor $500 to perform the abortion. However, she started bleeding during the procedure.

“Marlon took me to the hospital. I had what they told me was a ‘disturbed pregnancy,’” Rita recalled. “The doctor didn’t do anything really, except make me bleed. In other words, he didn’t do it right. I didn’t know it then, but I could have died. What a mess. What a dreadful mess.”

Rita went on to recall how happy she was when Roe V. Wade was passed nearly 50 years ago, but the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse it has left her “depressed.”

“I can see that thing happening now and going back to back alleys,” Rita said. “I’m not shocked because I saw it coming, but I’m stunned.”

She continued, “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.”

Rita also said that she’s most concerned for young girls after this reversal.

“Taking it to the most extreme, girls who get pregnant because of rape or incest,” Rita said. “Unfair isn’t a strong enough word, but it’s unfair.”

Find out which companies have vowed to cover travel for abortions after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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