A feminist blogger has posted explicit directions online for a surgical abortion, in reaction to the new South Dakota law all but banning the procedure. Her action troubles activists on both sides of the issue: Is it a harbinger of a return to the era of secret, illegal abortions? At her “Molly Saves the Day” weblog, the 21-year-old Florida resident uses the pseudonym Molly Blythe. Given the volitility of the abortion debate, she requested that her real name and city of residence not be used in this story. In an interview, the blogger said South Dakota’s recent ban on abortion — even in cases of rape and incest — prompted her post, “For the Women of South Dakota: An Abortion Manual.” The blogger, who has no medical background, said she has been compiling instructions for several years. She observed an actual abortion, interviewed providers and read medical texts, she said. She posted directions for a dilation and curettage — or D and C — abortion, and plans to next place online the steps for a vacuum aspiration abortion. “If anyone has a problem with this and they don’t think non-doctors should perform medical procedures, there’s […]

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