By Melody Rose
This thought-provoking reference paintings explores the evolution of America's heated abortion debate in a range of over forty basic records from the nineteenth century to the current day. The advisor comprises not just key legislation and complaints that experience decided abortion coverage, but in addition political speeches, clinical essays, theological writings, newspaper ads, journal articles, and well known books that supply perception into America's altering attitudes in the direction of ladies, race, the clinical box, and the position of presidency in its voters' own lives. every one record is preceded by means of an advent and is through research to assist readers comprehend its importance and old context.
Today abortion is America's so much contentious political and spiritual rallying element. but a hundred and fifty years in the past it was once a digital non-issue, quietly played for hundreds of years by means of girls and mid-wives. What replaced? This thought-provoking reference paintings explores the evolution of America's abortion debate in a balanced collection of over forty fundamental files through medical professionals, feminists, spiritual leaders, politicians, extremists, and judges from the nineteenth century to the current day. This advisor not just examines the main legislation and proceedings, like Roe v. Wade and the Partial delivery Abortion Ban, that experience decided abortion coverage, yet bargains perception into America's altering attitudes in the direction of ladies, race, the scientific box, and the position of presidency in its voters' own lives. Memoirs of early abortion prone, excerpts from renowned women's self-help books, the whole textual content of Pope Paul VI's Humanae Vitae, and private writings from key liberal and conservative figures on either side of the talk supply a extra whole photo of a topic that's deeply own, deeply divisive, and something yet simple. a simple and obtainable publication, excellent for either scholars and basic readers seeking to extend their knowing of 1 of the main complex, and nonetheless unresolved, problems with our day.
Each excerpt is preceded by way of a short clarification of its value and by way of writer research to assist readers comprehend its implications and the old context during which is it was once written. Readers achieve direct entry to America's most crucial felony papers and transcripts on abortion, complimented by means of a good rounded view of the general public ideals and sentiments that experience fueled abortion debates. feedback for additional examining finish each one bankruptcy, ideal for learn or to lead readers of their look for fabric. front subject contains a Timeline of significant occasions in abortion historical past, and the again subject, bargains a Bibliography of fifty titles on abortion and over 30 internet links.
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A. ’ But in the Comstock Act, from which the others are derived, the word ‘unlawful’ was sometimes inserted to qualify the word ‘abortion,’ and sometimes omitted. ’ Nor can we see why the statute should, at least in section 1, except articles for producing abortions if used to safeguard life, and bar articles for preventing conception though employed by a physician in the practice of his profession in order to protect the health of his patients or to save them from infection. It is true that in 1873, when the Comstock Act was passed, information now available as to the evils resulting in many cases from conception was most limited, and accordingly it is argued that the language prohibiting the sale or mailing of contraceptives should be taken literally and that Congress intended to bar the use of such articles completely.
960, which we have already 30 Early Twentieth-Century Tensions and Trends mentioned, and were relied on by the Court of Appeals of the Sixth Circuit when construing the mailing statute in Davis v. (2d) 473. A. A. A. 396), prohibiting the importing or transporting in interstate commerce of articles ‘designed, adapted, or intended for preventing conception, or producing abortion,’ all originated from the so-called Comstock Act of 1873 (17 Stat. ’ All the statutes we have referred to were part of a continuous scheme to suppress immoral articles and obscene literature and should so far as possible be construed together and consistently.
Margaret Sanger, and later her organization Planned Parenthood, would stress the importance of discovering and disseminating effective methods of birth control as a way to prevent impoverishment of America’s families and to protect women’s health. At the same time, certain groups of women found their reproductive choices not only discouraged, but prevented through forced sterilization practices. African American women, in particular, experienced such intrusions into their reproductive health in the early decades of the twentieth century, which may explain why even today, the African American community is less supportive of abortion rights than other communities.
Abortion: A Documentary and Reference Guide by Melody Rose