A young woman helps her roommate get an illegal abortion in Communist Romania.
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Due to lack of contraceptive means, abortion was widely used in Romania either for financial reasons (families couldn’t afford to bring up their children) or social reasons (the stigma of an unwed mother). But in 1967, in an attempt to increase the Romanian population, the Communist Party of Romania under the leadership of Nicolae Ceausescu issued Decree 770, which implemented a strict natalist anti-abortion law. Since the state wouldn’t provide sexual education, and all kinds of contraceptive means were deemed illegal, birth rates increased as did illegal abortions (which weren’t unlikely to end up being fatal). This resulted in an entire generation of children called the “Decreței” which would ironically emerge as the generation to violently overthrow Ceausescu.
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