By James C. Mohr
'The historical past of the way abortion got here to be banned and the way ladies lost--for the century among nearly 1870 and 1970--rights formerly considered normal and inherent over their very own our bodies is an engaging and infuriating one.
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And in a sense, Connecticut's early laws might be viewed as pro-abortion laws rather than anti-abortion laws, since Connecticut's reaffirmation of the common law attitude toward abortion was taken in the face of British precedents that had abandoned that position in favor of a more restrictive one. In the interval between Connecticut's first two abortion laws three other states—Missouri in 1825, Illinois in 1827, and New York in 1828—also passed laws that dealt specifi- 26 • Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America cally with abortion.
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And once they had decided that human life was present to some extent in a newly fertilized ovum, however limited that extent might be, they became the fierce opponents of any attack upon it. The First Wave of Abortion Legislation, 1821-1841 • 37 Practically, the regular physicians saw in abortion a medical procedure that not only gave the competition an edge but also undermined the solidarity of their own regular ranks. If a regular doctor refused to perform an abortion, he knew the woman could go to one of several types of irregulars and probably receive one.
Abortion in America: The Origins and Evolution of National Policy (Galaxy Books) by James C. Mohr