The article is written from a pro-choice slant and has some interesting information.
Abortion was a profitable industry in New York back in the 19th century.
New York's most famous abortionist, the flamboyant Madame Restell, spent $60,000 a year on such advertising. Over 40 years, she built an abortion empire, with traveling salesmen hawking her pills and franchise clinics in Boston and Philadelphia. Such was her prominence that abortion was referred to in New York as "Restellism." The practice became very common. A study from 1868 found that one in five New York City pregnancies ended in abortion.
The article notes that medical abortions have gone back-alley. There is a "growing black market in misoprostol, the drug that is taken with mifepristone to induce abortion but which is cheaper and easier to obtain than its sibling" in New York City.
New Yorkers pay for a lot of abortions.
"In 2003, Medicaid paid for 43 percent of abortions in New York City."
Not all advocates of legal abortion think abortion is a tragedy. Planned Parenthood's Maureen Paul thinks she saves a woman's life every time she performs an abortion.
"Hillary can say anything she wants about whether an abortion is a tragedy," says Dr. Paul. "What I know when I perform an abortion for a patient is that the overwhelming feeling is one of relief. Because the abortion has solved a huge problem in her life, whether it's because she couldn't afford another child, couldn't afford to be a good mother to another child, or doesn't have the money to raise a child." She becomes increasingly passionate as she speaks. "Every time I do an abortion I save a woman's life. If you want to call that a tragedy"—she pauses and exhales a sharp sigh—"I don't consider it a tragedy, I'm sorry."