When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973 / Edition 1

When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973 / Edition 1

by Leslie J. Reagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520216571

ISBN-13: 9780520216570

Pub. Date: 09/21/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

This is the first book to examine the entire period during which abortion was illegal in the U.S., beginning in the mid-19th century and ending with Roe v. Wade in 1973. In her eloquent account, Leslie J. Reagan uncovers the secret history of abortion in America. Although illegal, millions of abortions were provided during these years to women of every class, race,…  See more details below

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This is the first book to examine the entire period during which abortion was illegal in the U.S., beginning in the mid-19th century and ending with Roe v. Wade in 1973. In her eloquent account, Leslie J. Reagan uncovers the secret history of abortion in America. Although illegal, millions of abortions were provided during these years to women of every class, race, and marital status. The experiences and perspectives of these women, along with their families, physicians, and midwives, are movingly portrayed in this prize-winning book. Reagan's analysis of previously untapped sources, including inquest records and trial transcripts, reveals the fragility of patient rights and raises provocative questions about the relationship between medicine and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520216570
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/21/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,214,407
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, ix,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, xi,
Introduction, 1,
1 An Open Secret, 19,
2 Private Practices, 46,
3 Antiabortion Campaigns, Private and Public, 80,
4 Interrogations and Investigations, 113,
5 Expansion and Specialization, 132,
6 Raids and Rules, 160,
7 Repercussions, 193,
8 Radicalization of Reform, 216,
Epilogue: Post-Roe, Post-Casey, 246,
NOTE ON SOURCES, 255,
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS, 258,
NOTES, 259,
BIBLIOGRAPHY, 343,
INDEX, 367,

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