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'The historical past of ways abortion got here to be banned and the way girls lost--for the century among nearly 1870 and 1970--rights formerly regarded as normal and inherent over their very own our bodies is an engaging and infuriating one.
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To document fully the pervasiveness of those open and obvious advertisements would probably require the citation of a substantial portion of the mass audience publications circulated in the United States around midcentury. During the 1840s Americans also learned for the first time not only that many practitioners would provide abortion services, but that some practitioners had made the abortion business their chief livelihood. Indeed, abortion became one of the first specialties in American medical history.
36 In 1828, by persuading the revisers to make explicit something that might well have been left implicit as before, they were able to introduce their cherished principle of consultation into the state code. They also, of course, placed themselves in the position of deciding when the law would be applied to its letter and when it would be bent on behalf of a patient. Public reaction to the success of the regulars in Albany in 1827 and 1828 was as telling as the legislative results the regulars obtained.
8 In its first major statement on abortion in the United States, the prestigious Boston Medical and Surgical Journal noted with alarm in 1844 that abortionists had come out into the open and were thriving. e. "9 The popular press began to make abortion more visible to the American people during the 1840s not only in its advertisements but also in its coverage of a number of sensational trials alleged to involve botched abortions and professional abortionists. In Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Iowa such cases evoked direct legislative responses, which will be examined in a subsequent chapter, but in the present context the very fact of public coverage indicated an increased awareness of abortion in the United States.
Abortion in America: The Origins and Evolution of National Policy (Galaxy Books) by James C. Mohr