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The point at which the tenets of these three movements converged was abortion. 14 Three Decades of Empty Promises 15 The second and more important factor was packaging. From the outset, abortion was not so much a health issue as a political issue. And politics is personal. In 1968, public opinion polls indicated scant support for legalizing abortion; few Americans anticipated any personal beneﬁt and many had serious moral concerns. But over the next ﬁve years, abortion rights advocates overcame such qualms with repeated assurances that when every child was a “wanted” child, broad social beneﬁts would ensue.
They knew that women had virtually no rights within the family or the political sphere. But they did not believe abortion was the answer. Without known exception, the early American feminists condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms. In Susan B. ”4 Anti-abortion laws enacted in the latter half of the nineteenth century were the result of advocacy efforts by feminists who worked in an uneasy alliance with the male-dominated medical profession and the mainstream media. Ironically, the anti-abortion laws that early feminists worked so hard to establish in order to protect women and children were the very laws destroyed by the Roe v.
They were offered for the purpose of bestowing upon me a special societal privilege to choose to abort my baby. 8 If the technology had existed in the 1940s, that karyotype would almost certainly have been Petey’s ticket to Hadamar. ” I just wanted to know, partly in the hope that I could be reassured that nothing was wrong, but also so that, if I could not be reassured, I could at least be prepared. I am a nerd.