Views on Abortion: Past and Present Essay

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Views on Abortion: Past and Present Abortion is not a new concept or practice. The earliest recorded description of abortion comes from an Egyptian text, dating around 1550 BCE. The way they described abortion is nothing like the medical procedure it is today. They relied mainly on herbs and tinctures. As far as we can tell, abortions were fairly common at that period of time. The earliest legal ban on abortion is dated during 11th-century BCE. It states that married women who seek abortion without the permission of their husbands shall be put to death. Shortly after, views on the time frame that it is morally acceptable to have an abortion began to take shape. One of the most famous positions on abortion came from Aristotle. He believed that it is ethical to help a woman abort pregnancy until the end of the first term. Skipping forward to the early 17th century, the church allowed elective abortions until quickening. It was described as the moment the mother can feel movement from the fetus. During the 18th and 19th century, the views of abortion were quickly beginning to evolve. The American Medical Association was formed in 1857 and they set out to make all abortion illegal. It wasn’t until 1869 that the Catholic Church officially condemned the practice of abortion at all stages of pregnancy. In 1873, the Comstock Law criminalized contraception and abortion in the United States, except when a physician deemed either was necessary. The beginning of the 1900s abortion was so taboo that women used knitting needles, crochet hooks, and scissors to induce miscarriage and terminate pregnancies. This often resulted in serious injury and death. A lot of research on abortion was conducted between 1920 and 1940. The rise of Margaret Sanger and her formation of the American Birth Control League (later to become Planned Parenthood Federation of America) was one of

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