ad­ven­tures in fem­i­nis­tory

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - NEWS - by cyn­thia green­lee and jaz malone

A comic about Dr. Dorothy Brown.

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown was the first woman sur­geon to grad­u­ate from Me­harry Med­i­cal Col­lege in Ten­nessee. The state's law made al­most all abor­tions il­le­gal ex­cept in cases where it was re­quired to save a woman’s life.

She op­er­ated on women with in­juries from botched abor­tions, and saw the dam­age in­flicted by these laws. Af­ter grow­ing up as an or­phan, she be­lieved that ev­ery per­son should choose when or if to be a par­ent. Dr. D was elected to the Ten­nessee Assem­bly as the state’s first Black woman leg­is­la­tor and, in 1967, she in­tro­duced a bill that would have al­lowed abor­tions in rape or in­cest—six years be­fore Roe v. Wade. It didn’t earn her friends, and it an­gered al­lies, who said her days were num­bered as a law­maker. “You would have thought I opened up the gates of hell.” Dr. D con­tin­ued her med­i­cal prac­tice, ad­vo­cated for “Ne­gro His­tory Month” in the state, and was the first un­mar­ried woman to be­come a fos­ter par­ent in Ten­nessee. For more about Dr. Dorothy Brown, read the full ver­sion of this comic pub­lished in the an­thol­ogy by Comics for Choice, and on­line at bitch­me­dia.org.

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