For some women, the societal pressures weighed heavily on their minds throughout their termination experience and into later life. Prior to the legalisation of abortion and the more widespread availability of birth control, those who were unmarried and sought contraceptive advice were often told “be celibate”. Those who were unsuccessful and ended up pregnant were told by doctors to keep the pregnancy and adopt out the child. Abortion, to many doctors, was unthinkable, only necessary when the mother’s life was endangered. So, the abortions that South Australian women sought, as detailed in Barbara’s book, were illegal. The home abortions were performed either by themselves, by friends or family, or by known abortionists, ranging from the mundane to the horrific and were often done in secret.