August 2019

Unmasking the Misunderstanding of Abortion History

women's health - history of abortion
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Unmasking the Misunderstanding of Abortion History[1] by Sybil Shainwald Until 1968, scholars had neglected to produce or analyze the history of abortion in Anglo-American law. Professor Cyril Means was a member of the Governor’s Commission appointed to review New York State’s Abortion Law and his exhaustive research was incorporated into that Report, which was the first history of abortion. The Report noted that abortion was not illegal in either England or America before the nineteenth century, and that even when abortion was banned in the 1800’s, the purpose was solely to protect the life of the mother. Professor Means’ history, [...]