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By Kristin Luker

ISBN-10: 0520055977

ISBN-13: 9780520055971

In this significant research of the abortion controversy within the usa, Kristin Luker examines the problems, humans, and ideology on either side of the abortion clash. She attracts information from two decades of public records and newspaper bills, in addition to over 200 interviews with either pro-life and pro-choice activists. She argues that ethical positions on abortion are in detail tied to perspectives on sexual habit, the care of kids, relations lifestyles, expertise, and the significance of the individual.

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56 births in 1900. The "great wave" of American immigration occurred in this period, as did the first feminist movement. 13 But within this complex background against which the first American debate on abortion emerged, we can trace a more direct social struggle. The most visible interest group agitating for more restrictive abortion laws was composed of elite or "regular" physicians, who actively petitioned state legislatures to pass anti-abortion laws and under- 16 MEDICINE AND MORALITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY took through popular writings a campaign to change public opinion on abortion.

A typical example is an 1873 San Francisco advertisement for a "doctress" specializing in "female irregularities": Doctress A. M. Hoffman, 4422 Folsom St. between 10th and 11th, 30 years experience; has her diploma of the highest school of Germany, will thoroughly treat all Diseases of Women and Children; She would intimate to Ladies suffering from Uterine Disorders that she has a sure specific for female irregularities. All communcations strictly confidential. She has lately added a first-class Lying In Hospital where patients can receive the best of medical attendance.

13 But within this complex background against which the first American debate on abortion emerged, we can trace a more direct social struggle. The most visible interest group agitating for more restrictive abortion laws was composed of elite or "regular" physicians, who actively petitioned state legislatures to pass anti-abortion laws and under- 16 MEDICINE AND MORALITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY took through popular writings a campaign to change public opinion on abortion. The efforts of these physicians were probably the single most important influence in bringing about nineteenth-century anti-abortion laws.

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