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Historical Nashville
The House
Fifty years later, one volunteer tells of her time at a secret women's clinic
By Demetria Kalodimos

What was Nashville like in the time before abortion was legal?

In this illustrated interview, the Nashville Banner’s Demetria Kalodimos talks with a lifelong Nashvillian about her time working in a place known simply as “The House,” a secret clinic where women could receive birth control, abortions and other services. Set over the top of a teen crisis clinic, The House was a relic of a different age, where volunteers gave care for free that women couldn’t get elsewhere.

“It opened as a hotline for teens, mostly, and young adults,” she says. “And it was in the phone book. The name of the house varied depending on the year. And information about the house spread only by word of mouth. We all trained — and that's why I'm familiar with it — volunteers came in and trained to work overnight in the crisis center and take crisis calls.”

Listen as a woman with broad experience in healthcare delivery details a Nashville that was not yet the modern city it has become. And as Tennessee bans abortion again, she wonders what the future might hold for women.

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