Initially a form of protest against the Vietnam war, teach-ins were quickly adopted by the women’s rights movement. In November 1972, one month after a Wayne County judge had ruled all Michigan abortion laws unconstitutional, several Ann Arbor women’s groups organized an abortion rights teach-in that included speakers as well as karate lessons, sing-alongs, and modern dance. In the national arena, Roe v. Wade had been argued before the Supreme Court in October, but would not be decided until January 1973.


Planned Parenthood sex education presentation at Express Clinic. From Box 8, Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book By and For Women

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