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• 19th Century Abortion Cases and Other Self-Injury
• Abortion, Law, and Real Choice
• Abortion, Suffering, and the Chinese Widow
• The Abortion War and Communication
• Another Anti-Choice Fanatic
• Are Abortions Used as Birth Control?
• The Bad Old Days of Abortion
• Botched Abortion Leads to Amputation
• Coathanger Abortion: Powerful image, but how true to life?
• Comparative Safety - Abortion & Stuff Folks Get Riled About
• Diane Sawyer and the Non-Story of Lawson Akpulonu
• Did I Deserve the Death Penaltyh
• Do Rape Victims Really Need Abortions?
• Fetal Diagnoses Leading to Unnecessary Abortions
• Freaks Teaches Pro-Life Lesson
• Is Childbirth Safety Relevant to Abortion?
• Is This the Face of the Enemy?
• Is 'Who Decides?' Really the Question?
• The "Koop Report" on Abortion
• LDI and the CDC
• Misplaced Priorities Cost Women's Lives
• A Mother's Nightmare
• Pro Child/Pro Choice Rings Hollow
• Question Abortion
• Stress and the Abortion Decision
• Study - Effect of Abortion Legalization on Sexual Behavior: Evidence from Sexually Transmitted Diseases
• Unequal Burden on the Poor?
• Unintended Late Abortions
• Unplanned Pregnancies that Worked Out
• What Real Informed Consent Would Look Like
• What's "Adequate Access" to Abortion?
• What's the Need for Abortion?
• When the POC Really is Just Tissue
• Where's the Pro Choice Movement on Elective Amputations?
• Who is the Enemy?
• Who's Putting the Unborn Ahead of the Born?
• Women Who Change Their Minds After the Abortion
• Women's Rights are Common Ground
• Your Bedroom, the Government, and Abortion Laws

 

16th Century Abortion Lithograph
I get the filthy lucre part, but what's with the toad on the guy's shoulder?

1967 Colorado Law
A brief look at Colorado's steps to loosen abortion law, and what it meant.

19th Century Abortion Cases and Other Self-Injury
A 19th century medical book gives us a look at self-injurious behaviors, including several attempts at self-induced abortions.

19th Century Abortion Case: Mollie Smith
A look at abortion practice in the late 19th Century.

A Look at Abortion's History
The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision imposed abortion-on-demand throughout the United States. But the history of abortion reaches back not just decades, but centuries, and even millenniums. To comprehend the issue of abortion completely, we must understand its historic context.

Abortion: Century in Review
Your passport to 20th century abortion history.

Abortion History
A review of US laws and cases on abortion, from About.com's Women's History Guide.

Abortion History Timeline
From the National Right to Life Committee.

Abortion Practice Before Legalization
Who were the pre-legalization abortionists? How did they operate?

AMA Report on Criminal Abortion, 1859
The committee appointed in May, 1857, to investigate the subject of Criminal Abortion, with a view to its general suppression, have attended to the duty assigned them, and would present this report.

Abortion Wars
A history, with strong focus on the Christian perspective, of the three wars over abortion in Western thought and practice.

Did an Abortionist Ruin Fatty Arbuckle?
Funnyman Fatty Arbuckle never recovered from accusations that he murdered Virginia Rappe in 1921. Did an abortionist's attempts to cover his tracks help to thow suspicion on an innocent man?

Dr. Horatio Storer
Storer spearheaded the original AMA campaign against abortion -- and pioneered many other advances in women's health care.

Doctors and "Back Alley Abortion" A review of the New York Times archives finds doctors charged with criminal abortion in the decades before legalization.

Early Church Fathers: Excerpts Pertaining to Abortion
From Priests for Life.

Evolution of the Abortion Debate
A CNN table showing key points in abortion history.

Foeticide, or Criminal Abortion
A Lecture Introductory to the Course on Obstetrics and Disease of Women and Children. By Dr. Hugh L. Hodge, University of Pennsylvania, 1869.

Glimpse Into Abortion's Past
Through the miracle of time travel (okay, microfilm) I was able to go back to 1960 and imagine asking Planned Parenthood Medical Director Mary Calderone some questions.

Historic Russian abortion poster
Translations welcome.

Histories of Abortion
Comparison/contrast of two books on abortion history -- excellent overview showing the trends and controversy between historical viewpoints.

History of Abortion
From abortionessay.com, a collection of excellent links.

History of Abortion
From abortioninfo.net, an overview.

Inventors on the Bench
How the Supreme Court invented late term abortions, from your About.com Guide,How the Supreme Court invented late term abortions.

Jesse Ketchum: Back-Alley Butcher Gone Legit
Ketchum's record as a criminal abortionist was clean. He went on to kill two women in a four month period performing legal abortions in New York.

Lecture that Began the Successful "Physicians Campaign Against Abortion"
November 7, 1855, Dr. David Humphreys Storer's lecture.

Letter to the Editor: Abortion Advertisements
From 1858. Notice that the promises of "pleasant" and "safe" abortion experiences haven't changed.

NAF and NRL Collide
A botched abortion and a NAF seminar lead to trouble for abortinists and a field day for pro lifers.

New York Reflects on Historic Abortion Vote
Assemblyman George Michaels, would you have changed your vote if you could have forseen the outcome?

PPFA Abortion Conference, 1955
A quiet conference by Planned Parenthood Federation of America yields some fascinating information.

Physician's Reply to the Solicitations of a Married Woman to Produce a Miscarriage for her
From the May 1876, Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery.

Pre-Legalization Abortion Deaths
Largely the work of physicians, who did the majority of criminal abortions.

Roe v. Wade: The Unconstitutional Decision
Carolyn Gargaro gives background on Roe, and explains how it undermines the very Constitution it claims to be interpreting.

Saline Abortions: Past, Present, and Future
An overview of the history of late abortion techniques.

The Amazing "Dr." Karman
Former prochoice icon vanishes into oblivion.

Tryal of Elenanor Beare of Derby, England, August 15, 1732
Graphics of court documents, along with text of content.

When "Back-Alley Butchers" Go Legit
A look at what happens to abortion practice when the laws fall.

Who To Thank For Public Health Miracles
Maternal and infant mortality have been nearly eliminated in this century in the US. Who do we have to thank?

Why Not? A Book for Every Woman
By Horatio Storer, 1868.

Why This, Why Now?
Why the sudden flurry of laws against post-viability abortions? A little history is in order.

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