Abortion in England 1900-1967 (Routledge Library Editions: by Barbara Brookes

By Barbara Brookes

Over the a long time from 1900 to 1967 abortion was once reworked from an incredible female-centred type of fertility keep watch over right into a clinical occasion, heavily monitored by means of the country. This transition, the writer argues right here, happened opposed to a history of dialogue over fertility keep an eye on and its implications for women’s maternal role.


The ebook, initially released in 1988, suggests that the inter-war years observed an important mapping of barriers within the debates over abortion. the excellence among tools of fertility regulate used earlier than and after notion was once extra sharply drawn. The abortion legislation was once tough to implement and in 1936 the Abortion legislations Reform organization used to be based by means of feminists to name for secure felony abortion as a woman’s correct.


Resort to legal abortion persisted within the post-war years and the variety of healing abortions additionally started to elevate. The scientific profession’s try to create a contrast among valuable scientific and spurious social purposes for fertility keep an eye on gave manner within the face of women’s calls for for secure and potent ability to devise whilst and in the event that they may have youngsters. After a hard-fought conflict, the abortion legislation used to be reformed in 1967. The abortion determination, even if, remained firmly within the palms of the clinical profession.

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