The Anti-Abortion Movement Term Paper

The Anti-Abortion Movement
A paper on the influence of class, race and gender politics on the anti-abortion movement in the United States.
# 117441 | 1,143 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper offers historical insight into the illegalization of abortion in nineteenth century United States. The paper shows how class, gender and race were major factors in the arguments against, and the subsequent illegalization of, abortion.

From the Paper:

"Before public discourse on abortion began in 1840, the act of terminating a pregnancy was perceived in the United States as a typical recourse of the desperate, especially of the young, unmarried woman who feared exile by an over-exacting society. After 1840, however, evidence began to surface showing that the social character of the practice had changed. Rather than abortion as a last resort for the immoral lower class, the highest proportion of women whose abortions were recorded between 1840 and 1880 were married, native-born, Protestant women of middle- and upper-class status. According to Linda Gordon, the American Medical Association initiated a formal investigation of the frequency of abortion and, subsequently, medical attacks on abortion grew in number and in the intensity of their moral condemnation. Their crusade to illegalize abortion was not, as some claimed, based on the grounds that the practice of abortion was unsafe."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gordon, Linda. 1990, p. 59. Woman's Body, Woman's Right New York: Penguin Books
  • Mohr, James C. 1978. Abortion in America. New York: Oxford University Press
  • New York Tribune, January 27, 1868. Reprinted in James C. Mohr's "Abortion in America"
  • Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. 1985, 236. Disorderly Conduct. New York: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Storer, Horatio. 1867. Why Not? A Bookfor Every Woman. Boston, MA: Lee and Shepard

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