From Rubella to Roe vs. Wade

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Doctors take palm print of baby whose mother had rubella during pregnancy. LIFE 1965.

The Zika virus and its potential connection to microcephaly has sparked a national conversation about abortion in Brazil. The UN high commissioner for human rights has urged governments in Zika-affected countries to repeal their abortion bans. Fifty years ago in the US, it was an outbreak of Rubella that brought abortion into the mainstream and paved the road for Roe vs. Wade. Brooke talks with Leslie Reagan, a professor at the University of Illinois and author of Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America, about how the Rubella outbreak and the media coverage that followed transformed how we talk about abortion.