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Author Reagan, Leslie J.

Title When abortion was a crime : women, medicine, and law in the United States, 1867-1973 / Leslie J. Reagan
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1997
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 387 pages) : illustrations
Contents An open secret -- Private practices -- Antiabortion campaigns, private and public -- Interrogations and investigations -- Expansion and specialization -- Raids and rules -- Repercussions -- Radicalization and reform
Summary As we approach the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it's crucial to look back to the time when abortion was illegal. Leslie Reagan traces the practice and policing of abortion, which although illegal was nonetheless widely available, but always with threats for both doctor and patient. In a time when many young women don't even know that there was a period when abortion was a crime, this work offers chilling and vital lessons of importance to everyone. The linking of the words "abortion" and "crime" emphasizes the difficult and painful history that is the focus of Leslie J. Reagan's important b
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-366) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Abortion services -- United States -- History.
Abortion -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History.
Abortion -- United States -- History.
Abortion, Criminal -- history.
Abortion, Induced -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Women's Health Services -- history.
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96022568
ISBN 0520088484 (alk. paper)
0520922069 (electronic bk.)
0585091099 (electronic bk.)
9780520088481 (alk. paper)
9780520922068 (electronic bk.)
9780585091099 (electronic bk.)