Rita Moreno Recalls Her Botched Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

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Following the Supreme Court’s historic overturning of Roe v. Wade this week, Rita Moreno detailed her own experience of having an abortion, long before the 1973 landmark ruling.

Interview with VarietyThe 90-year old actress recalls getting pregnant while dating a Hollywood icon Marlon Brando, who died in 2004

“Marlon found a doctor through some friends,”Moreno shared the news on June 24. “He was a real doctor—Marlon paid him $500—as opposed to something in a back alley.”

Even if you seek real medical assistance, West Side Story star said she began to bleed once she returned home. The doctor did not complete the abortion.

“Marlon took me to the hospital. I had what they told me was a ‘disturbed pregnancy,'” Moreno said. “The doctor didn’t do anything really, except make me bleed. In other words, he didn’t do it right. I didn’t know it then, but I could have died. What a mess. What a dreadful mess.”