While the simple answer might be 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision, the history of abortion’s decriminalization occurred on a state-by-state basis—much like its criminalization. In colonial America, abortion was dealt with in a manner according to English common law. Abortion… Read More ›
How did illegal abortions spur the push for medical licensing in the 19th Century?
In late August 1872 in New York City, a young pregnant woman named Alice Augusta Bowlsby read an advertisement in the newspaper for a Dr. Ascher. The advertisement stated that Dr. Ascher could help “[l]adies in trouble, guaranteed immediate relief,… Read More ›