A Woman 's Right Of Abortion

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A Woman’s Right to Abortion Roe v. Wade, 1973 On January 22, 1973, the supreme court justices came to a decision about abortion. I am going to start off by giving some general information about the laws passed and other events that have led the abortion laws to where they are now. In 1821, Connecticut passed the first law that restricted abortion in the United States. It prohibited the use of toxins to cause a miscarriage. Back then, women usually didn 't know they were pregnant until the baby started kicking inside them or a little bit before. This law made it illegal for women to “make” themselves miscarry by taking those toxins. In 1873, Anthony Comstock lobbied to pass the Comstock Law which was a law banning, distributing or the…show more content…
In the 1960 's, Pat Maginnis founded the Society for Humane Abortion. She was one of the first people to try to legalize abortion. “They thought she was insane,” Reagan said. A lady named Sherri Finkbine was a mother of four who lived in Arizona. In 1962, she was denied a request by the hospital for a legal abortion so she traveled to Sweden to get one. She had taken the drug thalidomide, which researchers linked to various birth defects. The hospital withdrew its offer to Finkbine after she told her story to the local newspaper for the purpose of alerting women and soon to be mothers of the dangers of he drug. The publicity she got from the newspaper article threw her into the middle of the world wide debate. In 1969, a few young women in Chicago started an underground system nicknamed “Jane.” This system helped women find safe and affordable but still illegal abortions. These ladies learned to perform them by themselves. According to a documentary about the group, they completed nearly 12,000 abortions in about 4 years. By the 1970 's, 20 states had passed abortion reform or repeal laws. Alaska, New York, Hawaii, and Washington had legalized abortion. The Supreme Court legalized birth control pills in 1972. This made it legal for all women to have access to birth control pills, no matter what their marital status was. Before this, only married women were allowed to be on birth control pills. They realized that having single woman not on birth
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