Rita Moreno recalls terrifying botched abortion Marlon Brando arranged before Roe v. Wade decision

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Rita Moreno fears for the younger generation of women after Roe v. Wade was overturned (Picture: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Rita Moreno recalled a botched abortion she had, which was arranged by Marlon Brando after she got pregnant when they were dating, years before Roe v. Wade. 

The actress, 90, shared details of the terrifying ordeal after the Supreme Court decided to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision which had been made and in place since 1973. 

Explaining how dangerous abortions were before Roe v. Wade, despite going to a ‘real doctor’, Rita told Variety: ‘Marlon found a doctor through some friends.

‘He was a real doctor — Marlon paid him $500 (£408) — as opposed to something in a back alley.’

The West Side Story actress began bleeding after returning home from the procedure, meaning Marlon had to take her back to the hospital where it was discovered the doctor had botched the abortion and she had a ‘disturbed pregnancy’. 

She added: ‘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.’

Kino. RITA MORENO (Vi), MARLON BRANDO (Chauffeur) Regie: Hurbert Cornfield aka. Nigh of the Following Day / DIE NACHT DES FOLGENDEN TAGES UK/USA, 1968. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
Rita Moreno’s abortion was arranged by Marlon Brando (Picture: FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

Rita had first spoken about the botched abortion in her 2011 memoir as well as discussing it in her 2021 documentary, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided To Go For It.

The Hollywood star admitted she was ‘jubilant’ when the Roe v. Wade decision was made in 1973 after having undergone the abortion many years earlier.

She admitted she feared that women would be forced to go to ‘back alley’ practitioners for abortions after Roe v. Wade was overturned, and is ‘nervous and frightened and horrified’ that people are being told what they can and can’t do with their bodies. 

Rita admitted the new ruling ‘depressed’ her because of how ‘unfair’ it was on the younger generation of women, adding: ‘I’m not shocked because I saw it coming but I’m stunned.’

She also vowed not to stop campaigning for Roe v. Wade to be reinstated, adding: ‘We loud mouths are going to have to get busy. There are many of us. I’m thinking what are we going to do about this? If anything, this has reactivated us.’

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