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Unformatted text preview: Abortion/Reproduction Origins of Regulation Four Historical Periods (1) 1600s-1820: Moral Regulation (2) 1821-1900: Increasing Criminalization (3) 1900-1972: Prohibition (4) 1973-2006: Legalization/Increasing Regulation 1600s-1820: Moral Regulation Early American Law based on English common law English common law: Life beginsin as soon as the infant is able to stir in the mothers womb (p. 28) Abortions were legal before quickening Quickening defined as the point at which the woman can feel fetal movement (about 16-20 weeks of pregnancy) Prosecutions usually only following the death of the woman 1600s-1820: Moral Regulation Sarah Grosvenor1742 death from abortion 19 years old; dies from infection from abortion at 4 months Dr. John Halloway prosecuted for her death Amasa Sessions, father, not prosecuted Abortion law focuses on sexual transgression and not personhood of fetus Law punishes physician, but not equivalent to murder conviction...
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course POLI SCI 790:395 taught by Professor Daniels during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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